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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Norma Jean White: Jesse can be three people: He is Jesse, he is Jesco, and he is Elvis. Jesse is the most beautiful man that I could've ever loved. But Jesco, he, - he's somebody else. He's the devil in hisself. Uh, nothing satisfies him - he can't be happy. Nothing you do for him makes him happy.
Jesco White: [in flashback] And I took the butcher knife and put it up to her neck. I said if you want to live to see tomorrow, you better start fryin' them eggs a little bit better then what you a fryin' em - I'm tired of eatin' ...
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Followed by Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999) See more »

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22 March 2002 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

This documentary is quite possibly the most engrossing piece of work I have seen in a long time. It takes one in because it is so real! It is the story of Jesco White, a resident of West Virginia who claims to be the best tap dancer in all of Appalachia. None of the people featured appear to be coached or even putting up their best front. The documentary features Jesco, his wife, his mom and brother. There are others who make brief statements. As one watches it, it will be hard to believe that the comments made are the actual thoughts and beliefs of these mountain people. Lines like, "I was going to rob her, but fell in love with her" and "When Jessie is Elvis, I am not allowed to say anything, but just sit here and enjoy the entertainment" will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. If you can find this gem on video, snatch it up and take glimpse into the Appalachian culture.


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