BATHTUB SONGS: AND OTHER EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIESExperimental Feature Film by Wild American Dogs
2015, 2hrs, 28mins
“BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities” follows song-and-dance man Beverly Fresh to the annual Turkey Trot festival in the southern Indiana town of Montgomery. The film examines the rural cultural rituals and events of small Midwestern towns and investigates the sense of restlessness that hangs in the region. Beverly meets with Dar-L and the Pork Chop Boys and sets out to ease their desperation. He comes across a demolition derby driver, traveling salesmen, banjo player and other kindred spirits wandering nervous and lookin’ for something else.
BATHTUB SONGS blurs the lines that demarcate three genres/traditions of filmmaking: observational documentary, cinema verite, and narrative nonfiction. In a traditional documentary manner, Bathtub Songs chronicles actual events of the festival and highlights local history and attractions. This factual presentation mingles with a fictional narrative arc. The unfolding of the film’s narrative arc hinges on the film questioning the actuality of its own material and narrative structure. Bathtub Songs presents a stylized portrait of the town by combining traditional documentation, local folkore, participatory performances, and fabricated narrative, resulting in both a recognizable impression and an entirely new understanding of the rural American Midwest.
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