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Citizen Shane (2004)

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Adult businesses in Lowndes County, Mississippi (the "Buckle of the Bible Belt") are being unfairly harassed by local law enforcement. Record label owner Shane Ballard, 22, plans to change ... See full summary »

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Adult businesses in Lowndes County, Mississippi (the "Buckle of the Bible Belt") are being unfairly harassed by local law enforcement. Record label owner Shane Ballard, 22, plans to change that. He is a Republican candidate for sheriff. This documentary follows Ballard on and off the campaign trail during his controversial bid for public office. Along the way, we learn about his strange music, his even stranger hobbies, and his friendship with Charles Manson. We also discover some unsettling truths about his mother's mysterious death in Lowndes County. Can an obscene, porn-loving political unknown change minds in a small southern town? If anyone can, it's "Citizen Shane". Written by Anonymous

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Missing two wonderful people
18 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the great fortune of working with Ron Tibbet and Shane Ballard on this film. Shane and I had formed a literally lifelong bond before the movie as the not-so-Dynamic Duo known as The Toots & Tina Show. Staying true to his no holds barred mentality, Shane was one hell of a musician who had the rare gift of taking blue, perverted songs and turning them into a work of art. "Citizen Shane" was Shane Ballard. He lived his life to the fullest and didn't give a goddamn what people thought about him. Ron was a pioneer of the film festival for Mississippi, spawning similar events around the state. You couldn't help but like him and respect the drive he had towards making a film. Both of these gentlemen were class acts and will be sorely missed.

I played the friend who helped Shane talk to some of the locals about their take on his bid. I currently live in Los Angeles pursuing a career in comedy. Why? Inspiration from my "boys" Ron & Shane. "Citizen Shane" is what it is: a glimpse into the life of a man often misunderstood by those who never took the time to get to know him. That's too bad, because he was a treasure of a human being who was kind to a fault. He lived hard, played hard, and eventually died hard.

If you ever wondered whether truly good, yet brutally honest people existed in the world, check out Citizen Shane. If it doesn't move you in some way, you may want to get your soul checked out.


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