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Graeme Whifler (born May 10th 1951) is an American photographer, screenwriter and director, best known for his collaborations with The Residents and other Ralph Records artists in the 1970s and 1980s.

Whifler stopped working with Ralph Records in 1982, but continued to work in music videos and television throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Whifler has directed three feature length films, Ancient Prophecies, Ancient Prophecies III: New Visions of the Future, & Neighborhood Watch.

History with The Residents

Graeme Whifler was born in San Mateo, California on May 10th, 1951. He met Residents Uninc in 1971, when a high school friend of his suggested he visit the group's apartment. The friend said that Graeme and Uninc had a lot in common, and that they might like to work together. He and the group began fast friends, and he helped them paint their roof black.[1] During this time he began recording with this group, but did not continue when The Residents were formed in early 1973.

By 1974 he began assisting the group with photography and art projects and helping them to direct and shoot a sequence in their troubled (and ultimately unfinished) feature film Vileness Fats. Whifler also photographed the cover of the group's 1978 EP Duck Stab!, as well as directing various music videos for The Residents and their record company Ralph Records, beginning with "Hello Skinny" and an aborted clip for "Birthday Boy" in 1979. His collaboration with the group continued, resulting in the short films "One Minute Movies" in 1980, and "Songs For Swinging Larvae" for Renaldo & The Loaf in 1981.

His collaboration with The Residents ended in 1982, after he declined to direct the group's Mole Show live tour (having had no prior experience in this field). Whifler continued directing music videos and television into the early 2000s, co-writing the screenplays for Sonny Boy in 1989 and Dr. Giggles in 1992. In 2005 he wrote and directed a feature film, Neighborhood Watch.

The Residents' video archive was digitized in 2015 by Don Hardy, for the documentary film Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents. Although Whifler did not participate actively in the making of this documentary, it prominently features restored clips and outtakes from his video work for the group. Whifler has since said that he feels he has not been credited appropriately for his work featured in the film.

Whifler posted new HD restorations of "Hello Skinny", "One Minute Movies" and "Songs For Swinging Larvae" on his YouTube channel in October 2019. The videos were restored from the original negatives by Peter Conheim for the Cinema Preservation Alliance. The new restorations have since been unlisted on YouTube (however as of February 2021 they have not been deleted).

Credits on Residents Releases


  • Hello Skinny (1979)
  • One Minutes Movies (1980, Co-Director)
  • Man In The Dark Sedan (1980)
  • Songs For Swinging Larvae (1981)
  • Secrets and Mysteries: Jack The Ripper (1983)
  • True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (1984)
  • Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? (1984, Co-Director of 'Napoleon' Segment)
  • With All My Might (1984)
  • Gratitude (1984)
  • America's Most Wanted: James Charles Stark (1988, Actor as 'James Charles Stark')
  • Sonny Boy (1989, Original Screenplay)
  • Remembering World War II (1989, Producer)
  • Dr. Giggles (1992, Writer)
  • Ancient Prophecies (1994)
  • Ancient Prophecies III: New Visions of the Future (1995)
  • Action League Now! Season 3 (1998, Producer)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Season 1 (2000)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Season 2 (2001)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Season 3 (2003)
  • Neighborhood Watch (2005)

Photography of The Residents

See also

External links and references

Wbrmx-sml-transparent.png The Delta Nudes / Residents, Uninc.
(1967 - 1974)
Vfshoppingcart-sml-transparent.png Vileness Fats
(1972 - 1976)

Cast and characters
Saint Steve / Lonesome Jack (Jay Clem) · Weescoosa (Sally Lewis) · Arf and Omega Berry (Palmer Eiland and George Ewart) · Ninnie (Danny Williams) · Steve's Mother (Marge Howard) · Peggy Honeydew (Margaret Smyk) · Weenie (Danny Williams) · Uncle Willy (Hardy Fox)
Irene Dogmatic · J. Raoul Brody · Barry "Schwump" Schwam · Hugo Olson · Bill Dewalt · Diane Flynn · Homer Flynn · Tony Logan · Dennis Sealy · The Mysterious N. Senada as himself

The Residents: direction, screenplay, music, sets, costumes · Graeme Whifler: lighting, sets, second unit direction · Diane Flynn: costumes · John Kennedy: editing

Soundtrack music
"Aircraft Damage" · "Mammy" · "The Importance of Evergreen" · "Eloise" · "Kamikaze Lady" · "Lonely At The Top" · "Fever" · "Russian Love Song" · X Is For Xtra ("March de la Winni" · "Asonarose" · "Soundtrack Music Piece 17")

Related works
The Boarding House performance · Santa Dog · Meet The Residents · Not Available (X Is For Xtra) · The Third Reich 'n Roll (video) · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance · Fingerprince · Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? (soundtrack · PAL TV LP) · Video Voodoo · Twenty Twisted Questions · Icky Flix (soundtrack · "The Knife Fight" · RZ VF) · Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents · Triple Trouble (trailer · soundtrack)

Related articles
Vileness Flats · Atomic Shopping Carts · Residents, Uninc. · Sycamore St. studio · Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · The Ugly Grey Theater

  1. Ian Shirley - Never Known Questions, 2015