Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dead End...

Dear readers. You have probably noticed the lack of posts in last few week and wondering why. Since two weeks ago my computer has died and all of the date has stayed with it. I am not able to find and again restore my collection which was grand to say the least, and thus it will take a while to do that. I am writing from my computer at work which is horrible by the way and I stay in hope that I will soon be able to get a new computer. The situation that I am in is not financially good so please be patient.

I thank you for your support and I will do my best to bring you some great docs as soon as possible.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)

Julien Nitzberg


Riffing off of the original documentary "Dancing Outlaw," about tap dancer Jesco White and his dancing dad, director Julien Nitzberg headed down to the coal-mining heart of West Virginia to further exploit this drug-addled family for some film footage that's fairly unbelievable. Launching right into some current family drama between Sue Bob's son, Brandon, having landed in prison after shooting his uncle, among others, this documentary then goes back to trace hooligan behavior to the originators of the family, dancer and coal miner D. Ray and his tough-cookie wife Bertie Mae. Daughters and cousins Sue Bob, Mousie, and Kirk dominate the film, snorting pills in trashy bar bathroom stalls and getting tanked in cars while driving around with less-than-savory boyfriends and ex-husbands. Occasionally, interviews with the town's district attorney provide some background information on this infamous regional family.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Commune (2005)

Jonathan Berman


A very engaging documentary on the Black Bear Ranch Commune, an alternative living community founded in 1968 in the remote North Californian wilderness.In the late 1960s, a few free thinkers cobbled together donations, primarily from Hollywood, to buy 80 acres at the end of a dirt road in Siskiyou County, California: Black Bear Ranch, a commune with the motto "free land for free people.   Archival footage, photographs, documents and news articles, and interviews with people who lived or still live there tell the commune's history: the cold first winter, women and men doing the same work, communal decision making, emerging environmental politics, free love and family formation, child rearing and memories of growing up there, a late '70s crisis with a cult-like group that moved in, and assessment by those grown old of what Black Bear meant.

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