Thursday, November 4, 2010
I spent part of a sleepless night living with a bit of West Virginia hillbilly mythology. The White family knows how to get in some trouble. "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" was is a really outstanding documentary by Julien Nitzberg...great music, a bunch of appearances by Hank III, and a fascinating family who lives in the moment for better or for worse. If you have Netflix streaming I highly recommend you take a trip on over to Boone County and spend some time getting to know these folks, but be sure to leave at closing time.
From New York Magazine:
Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping, murders and tap dancing. Nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, the White family lives an existence more like something from the Wild West than modern-day suburbified America. The legendary family is as known for their wild, excessive criminal ways as they are for their famous mountain dancing members, including Jesco White, the star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw. The film follows the Whites over the course of one tumultuous year, as they deal with a stabbing, criminal sentencing, attempted murder, death and birth. Never dull, THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA are 'the Hatfields and McCoys all rolled into one'