Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French filmmaker who is known for writing, producing, directing and starring in the surrealistic films El Topo and The Holy Mountain, both of which became classics on the underground film circuit. El Topo began the midnight movie phenomenon in the US and made him counter-cultural icon in the 1970s. Earlier, Alejandro Jodorowsky began his career in theatre with an interest in mime and puppetry and established his own theatre troupe. He then formed the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement (named after the Greek god Pan) of performance artists and created his first comic strip and directed his first feature film (which was banned in Mexico). Later, he involved himself in writing science fiction comic books, The Incal series. The series, its spinoffs and other comic books made him an acclaimed comic book author. He also developed and began giving lectures on his own form of personal therapy that he called psychomagic. He wrote numerous books and made a documentary film about it too. His other film works include Tusk, Santa Sangre, The Rainbow Thief, The Dance of Reality and Endless Poetry.