Jug Band Hokum is the feature length directorial debut from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton. Quirky, funny and downright bizarre, the film stars Anne Baggenstoss, Brooklynd Turner, Lil' Majesty and Amnesia Starr. This highly anticipated documentary follows the eccentric lives of musicians competing to win a broken waffle iron in the 33rd Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands. The film features guest appearances by Garrison Keillor (of Prairie Home Companion fame), rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Charlie Parr, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and many others. Film & Review Magazine described Jug Band Hokum as: 'a real-life version of Christopher Guest's A Mighty Wind with dashes of Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. A wildly fun documentary!'
I attended a debut showing of this film and had the pleasure of getting to stick around after for Q and A with the main creators Jack and Kitty. It was interesting to find out that the original vision was to showcase a more historical and jug band focused documentary inspired by Jacks affinity for jug band music (listening and playing).. They took footage of some 25 bands but as they did so, four people stood out with their strong personalities... And the camera followed. The movie sort of made itself is what it sounded like. It turned from a jug band documentary into a personal look into (mostly) these 4 peoples unique perspectives during their journey preparing and performing in the jug band competition. To be honest, before I knew all the above I couldn't understand why anyone would write these characters ... I didn't think they could be real! I mean does that woman really visit the spoon every day?! In retrospect parts of this film are disturbing to me: not just flaming Cheetos and toe jam coffee but the clear illustration of what I felt looked like disconnection within the self and between each other... Misguided purpose rooted in a psychotic mass media perhaps? ... Or maybe I'm just judgmental? Other parts are beautiful. Many parts are hilarious. I was very touched by the squid jar/journal paper pieces and the interactive dancing at the Art Show. I also loved the song during the opening credits. So pretty! The only thing I really could've done without was the loud abrasive music in the first scene that kept going on and on! Overall I think it is a compelling piece of Art that gives a tiny glimpse into the inner worlds of those individuals followed. And like all of us, it's strange.
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