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GreasePaint is a documentary film by Daniel Espeut that follows Joey Thurmond and his family as they travel around the country performing the art of American circus clowning. The movie resurrects the dying art of clowning demonstrated by... See more »

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Nojoe
Jamie Thurmond ...
Miss Jamie
Tyler Thurmond ...
Toot
Hernan Colonia ...
Fluffy
Adam Rakestraw ...
Roustabout
Taylor Dean ...
Souvenir Saleswoman
Kala Moore ...
Mrs. Fluffy
Joe Teal ...
The Wrestlers' Chiropractor (as Dr. Joe Teal)
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Karen Bell ...
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Pat Cashin ...
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Ryan Combs ...
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Steve Copeland ...
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Greg DeSanto ...
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Karen DeSanto ...
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Jessica Hoffschildt ...
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Jim Howle ...
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Dolly Jacobs ...
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Jackie LeClaire ...
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Leon McBryde ...
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Hazel Polakovs ...
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Jeffrey Potts ...
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Chuck Sidlow ...
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Deborah Walk ...
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Directed by

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Daniel Espeut

Produced by

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Daniel Espeut ... producer
Greg Gimpelevich ... producer
Joey Thurmond ... co-producer
Vincent Vittorio ... associate producer

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E.M. Watson ... (original music by)

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Daniel Espeut ... director of photography

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Daniel Espeut ... (edited by)

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Karalee Brannon ... additional editing
Jody Cohen ... additional editing
Cameron Cox ... additional editing
Erik Degirolamo ... additional editing
Asher Emmanuel ... story editor
Laura Espeut ... colorist
Henri Lespinasse ... assistant editor

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Brian Farnum ... additional photography

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Jody Cohen ... additional camera operator
Daniel Espeut ... camera operator
Greg Gimpelevich ... camera operator
Joe Trimmer ... camera operator
Albert von Deutsch ... additional camera operator

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Randy McWilson ... additional animation

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Ron L. Barabas ... legal counsel

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Casey J. McBryde ... in loving memory

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Plot Summary

GreasePaint is a documentary film by Daniel Espeut that follows Joey Thurmond and his family as they travel around the country performing the art of American circus clowning. The movie resurrects the dying art of clowning demonstrated by Joey's love for the craft and makes sure that people see the human side of clowning. While the over-arching story focuses on Joey and his ability to balance the business and family life, the viewer also hears from circus performers, old and new, discussing the positive and negative connotations that people have of clowns. Having started the clowning full time, Joey Thurmond has put his life savings and police pension into his ultimate passion. He overhauls the new show completely with a new background, traveling set, and living quarters. The family starts the year not knowing whether they will have enough money to make it back home from the road. His wife, Jamie, manages a lot of the day to day affairs and keeps the peace in the family. Joey's son, Tyler, weighs his options of staying with the business or pursuing his own dreams. Hernan Colonia, a late-comer to the show works on adjusting to his new surroundings and unfortunate immigration situation. The movie is a glimpse into a year of traveling in the most significant and dynamic year in the business' history while examining the clowning world as a whole. The audience sees the backstories of quite a few of the characters including Joey's rise from professional wrestler, to police officer, to clown. It is about the love of a family and how they manage to live and work together 24 hours a day while following their circus dreams. Written by Greg Gimpelevich

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  • 84 min
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Budget $50,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In 1966, Michael Polakovs was hired by the McDonald's Corporation to create Ronald McDonald and also appeared in the first eight television commercials featuring the new character. See more »
Crazy Credits The Nojoe's Clown Circus family pet is named "Rimshot", or "Rim" for short. See more »

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