Different Drummer (1989–1991)
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Dancing Outlaw 

This documentary short, produced for West Virginia public TV's "Different Drummer" series, introduces us to Jesco White, a hard-living, tap-dancing Boone County resident whose repeated ... See full summary »

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Wattie Green
Dorsey White
Jerry White
Jesco White
Norma Jean White
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This documentary short, produced for West Virginia public TV's "Different Drummer" series, introduces us to Jesco White, a hard-living, tap-dancing Boone County resident whose repeated run-ins with the law have interfered with his dream of becoming as renowned a "mountain dancer" as his late father, D. Ray White. We meet Jesco's three distinct personalities; the gentle and loving Jesse, the violent and dangerous Jesco, and the extremely strange Elvis. We also encounter various members of Jesco's family, all nearly as eccentric as Jesco himself. You will ask, "Are these people for real?" Yes, they are. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

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15 July 1991 (UK)  »

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Jesco White: Marriage is a wonderful thing, but you get a lotta little things with it. It's not perfect, but they's love in it, they's happiness in it, there's also sorrow, hatred and madness in it.
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Followed by Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999) See more »

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A truly unique individual from a sub-culture not often seen
13 May 1999 | by (austin, tx) – See all my reviews

Jacob Young does a great job in presenting jesco white, "Dancing Outlaw" not only as eccentric character, but also shows a side of American life not often exposed to the general public. One cannot help but feel empathy with jesco even though his life and lifestyle is far removed from most viewers. And yet, it is hard to believe that people really live like this. I can only hope to see jesco "elvis" white in person some day!


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