{EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE part 4} Benjamin Smoke

*Carls’ Cine Club

Benjamin Smoke: filmed over ten years and released in 2000, Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen’s film documents the tortured life and career of the Atlanta based musician Robert Dickerson, aka Benjamin Smoke. Dickerson was a drug addicted, HIV positive gay misfit who died in 1991, and who fronted several local underground bands, including Smoke and the Opal Foxx Quartet. Filmed largely in and around the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, the film profiles an artist who literally gave it all for his art.

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Wed 4/23
Benjamin Smoke

{EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE part 4}

WED.  4/23 * @7:30

Carl’s Cine Club

Filmed over ten years and released in 2000, Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen’s film, Benjamin Smoke documents the tortured life and career of the Atlanta based musician Robert Dickerson, aka Benjamin Smoke. Dickerson was a drug addicted, HIV positive gay misfit who died in 1991, and who fronted several local underground bands, including Smoke and the Opal Foxx Quartet. Filmed largely in and around the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, the film profiles an artist who literally gave it all for his art.

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{Extreme Southern Culture part 3} The Dancing Outlaw

*Carl’s Cine Club

Originally screened in 1991 on West Virginia Public TV, director Jacob Young profiles the troubled but always entertaining mountain dancer Jesco White. White’s father was a famous mountain dancer; his son is equally obsessed with Elvis Presley and combining clog and backwoods tap dancing, always with an eye towards the camera. A great look at end of the century Appalachia, Dancing Outlaw turns the camera on an American original and lets him do his thing.

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{EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE part 3} The Dancing Outlaw

WED. 3/26  @ 7:30

*Carl’s Cine Club

Originally screened in 1991 on West Virginia Public TV, director Jacob Young profiles the troubled but always entertaining mountain dancer Jesco White. White’s father was a famous mountain dancer; his son is equally obsessed with Elvis Presley and combining clog and backwoods tap dancing, always with an eye towards the camera. A great look at end of the century Appalachia; Dancing Outlaw turns the camera on an American original and lets him do his thing.

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{Extreme Southern Culture part 2} Muleskinner Blues

*Carl’s Cine Club.

Director Stephen Earnhart filmed the denizens of a trailer park in Florida for this outlandish documentary from 2001. In Muleskinner Blues, description defying weirdness unfolds as the locals are slowly revealed to be in a deep fried, static limbo while sort-of pursuing their dreams as musicians, filmmakers and writers. The film takes surreal twists and turns in mind bending, unexpected directions.

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Wed 2/26
Mule Skinner Blues

WED. 2/26 @ 7:30

{EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE part 2}

*Carl’s Cine Club

Director Stephen Earnhart filmed the denizens of a trailer park in Florida for this outlandish documentary from 2001. In Mule Skinner Blues, description defying weirdness unfolds as the locals are slowly revealed to be in a deep fried, static limbo while sort-of pursuing their dreams as musicians, filmmakers and writers. The film takes surreal twists and turns in mind-bending, unexpected directions.

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{Extreme Southern Culture} Searching For Wrong Eyed Jesus

The first of a 4 part documentary series

curated by Carl Hanni (Carl’s Cine Club)

Searching For the Wrong Eyed Jesus, Andrew Douglas’ deeply evocative 2003 film, follows the idiosyncratic Americana musician Jim White (who records for David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label) on a fantastical journey through the American south. White muses on religion and culture and plays some music while making memorable stops in a Pentecostal church, a prison, a coal mine, local bars, cafes and much more. White’s on-screen pals include Harry Crews, The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd and David Eugene Edwards.

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Wed 2/12
Searching For the Wrong Eyed Jesus

WED. 2/12 @7:30

The first of a 4 part documentary series {EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE}

curated by Carl Hanni (*Carl’s Cine Club)

Searching For the Wrong Eyed Jesus, Andrew Douglas’ deeply evocative 2003 film follows the idiosyncratic Americana musician Jim White (who records for David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label) on a fantastical journey through the American south. White muses on religion and culture and plays some music while making memorable stops in a Pentecostal church, a prison, a coalmine, local bars, cafes and much more. White’s on-screen pals include Harry Crews, The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd and David Eugene Edwards.

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