We’re collaborating with Orkney Folk Festival for this screening – and we’ll be having a bumper raffle full of great prizes.
‘Alt Country’ singer Jim White reflects upon exactly what it is about the American South that inspires musicians and writers, whilst at the same time working through his own preoccupations with his muse – or, as he puts it, ‘trying to find the gold tooth in God’s crooked smile‘.
Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5/£3 under 16
A thought provoking road trip through the American South – a world of churches; prisons; coalmines; truck stops, juke joints; swamps and mountains. This is a journey through a very real contemporary Southern U.S., a world of marginalised white people and their unique and home-made society. Along the way are road-side encounters with modern musical mavericks including The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower and David Johansen; old time banjo player Lee Sexton; rockabilly and mountain Gospel churches – and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track. This film is a collage of stories and testimonies, almost invariably of sudden death, sin or redemption: Heaven or Hell, with no middle ground.
And all the while, a strange Southern Jesus looms in the background.
‘Somewhere between a documentary, a musical, and something altogether stranger’ Mojo
‘If David Lynch made a road documentary about the rural communities of the American South, it might look a great deal like this’ Tribeca Film Festival.
‘A vivid documentary that drinks in the atmosphere of the rural South, casting aside road movie linearity in favour of a trailer park surrealism..’ The Village Voice
‘An amazing piece of work… we are given a musical tour of another planet. Beautiful dark and weird stuff.’ David Byrne