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"Take a captivating and compelling road trip led by Jim White through the creative spirit of the American South, a world of churches, prisons, coalmines, truckstops, juke joints, swamps and mountains. Along the way you'll meet musicians including the Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower, David Johansen, old time banjo player Lee Sexton, and novelist Harry Crews. This film is a collage of stories and testimonies filled with sudden death, sin and redemption...and all the while, a strange Southern Jesus looms in the background."


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 202177043
UPC 014381300024
UPC 14 00014381300024
Format DVD
Release Date 1/27/2015
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Cast & Crew
Andrew Douglas - Director
Andrew Douglas - Executive Producer
Andrew Douglas - Cinematographer
Anthony Wall - Executive Producer
Harry Crews - Featuring
Jim White - Featuring
Jim White - Original Music By
Johnny Dowd - Featuring
Lee Sexton - Featuring
Michael Elliot - Editor
Steve Haisman - Writer
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Casually philosophical, White pointedly resists any essentializing truths about this most mythologized of American regions; indeed, he seems determined to preserve a sense of mystery - not least about himself. Alluding vaguely to extensive world travels, White describes himself as an "imitation Southerner" and later expresses his admiration for the unselfconscious realness of a roadside tavern's patrons. Still, even the most incredulous New Yorker may begin to understand the South's notoriously trenchant politics. In a land of no middle ground between the salvation of the church and the ritual sin of bars and strip clubs, the lifers locked up in a prison appear as the inevitable mirror images of the devout churchgoers seen later on. Occasionally, our genial host gives us a sociological nugget (he posits the hellfire religion endemic to the area as a natural response to poverty: "They invent a god who's going to whup some ass"), but mostly this trip's about the journey, not the destination, and so we watch the natives - hanging out in bars, speaking in tongues, or just feeling gravity's pull.
Reviewer Joshua Land
ReviewRating 8
David Byrne An amazing piece of work. The film essentially follows one man, Jim White, as he deals with both his own and the South's demons...and in the process we are given a musical tour of another planet. Beautiful, dark and weird stuff!
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor An utterly fascinating journey.
Los Angeles Times Delightfully demented...a fascinating glimpse into a startling subculture of angels and demons.
San Francisco Chronicle You can't completely know America without either experiencing this part of the South, or seeing this most interesting film.
Toronto Star An original, beautiful and beguiling documentary.
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