Monday, July 11, 2005

Something to put on your calendars for early August

Mikaela says:
AUGUST 5 - 11 (One Week) The Guild Cinema presents:

SEARCHING FOR THE WRONG-EYED JESUS (4:00, 6:00, 8:00)Dir. Andrew Douglas - 2004 - 82m - USA - video
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus is a captivating and compelling road trip through the creative spirit of the South as “Alt”-country singer Jim White takes his white-trash muscle car through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truck stops, biker bars and coal mines. Writer Steve Haisman says, “we were trying to pin down what it is about this baffling place that inspires musicians and writers. This whole area was so fascinating - somehow it was a raw image of ourselves, or at least something we’ve lost sight of or forgotten. Our own world seems so sophisticated and so devouring, it assimilates everything but is at the same time so lacking in a certain content….We suspected the Southern Church and the internal conflict with, shall we say, secular impulses, was somehow central to the creative process, and this certainly seemed true of Jim's music.” This is a journey through a very real contemporary Southern America, a world of marginalised white people and their unique and intense homemade culture. Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks including the Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, David Eugene Edwards 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. Everybody has a story in some form, almost invariably of sudden death, sin or redemption - yet all transformed by the characteristic grim humour and natural eloquence of the Southern imagination. And all the while, a strange Southern Jesus looms in the background. This extraordinarily powerful and moving documentary plays to each of the senses, taking the viewers off the beaten track to the poor white backwaters and backwoods of the South.


Blogger Maggie said...

Funny Mikaela, This weekend I sent Marjorie the link to this saying we should check it out. And now you go and post it yourself!! Too much on the same wavelength sometimes... :-)

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Jessie said...

I just checked the film's website, and I can't wait to see it. I suspect it's going to make me homesick--I'll have to whip up a batch of momma's biscuits for the occasion!

4:49 PM  

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