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The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)…A Film…




The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia


Jesco White in a scene from Julien Nitzberg’s “Wild and Wonderful Whites of WestVirginia.”

(Tribeca Film)

My wife told me about a film she had started to watch yesterday on cable….

She was bothered about the family portrayed in the film….

And quite frankly she found the whole film disquieting…

So I look up the film a few minutes ago when she saw it come up on the Channelguide…

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” Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia “(2009) stars Jesco White the star of the “Dancing Outlaw”……

The film ( which my wife has seen a bit of….is about a Outlaw family that seems to have notoriety of the Wild West rolled into one..)

Here’s the IMDb Storyline……

Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing , drug dealing, pill popping, murders, and tap dancing – what do these all have in common? These are just a few of the parts of being a member of the Wild and Wonderful White Family. 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.” Exploring both the comic and tragic sides of life on the other side of the law, this stylish, fast-paced family portrait exposes the powerful forces of corruption, poverty, and West Virginia’s environmentally and culturally devastating coal mining culture that helped shape the White family, a dying breed of outlaws preserving a dying form of dance…….

And here’s a piece on the film from the New York Times…..

“The Wild and Wonderful Whites,” a sequel of sorts to “Dancing Outlaw,” spends a year with Jesco and his mother, sisters, nieces, nephews and other friends and relations, following them into and out of prisons, hospitals, rehab centers and a good many nights of drinking, pot-smoking and prescription drug abuse. A side trip is made to Minnesota, where Poney White, Jesco’s only surviving brother, has escaped with his children into middle-class normalcy, making his living as a house painter and expressing relief to be far from Boone County.

Back there, an anthology of country standards unfolds in real life and real time: murder ballads, cheating songs and rebel hollers, with an occasional pause for fatalistic spiritual meditation. The Whites — in particular the three generations ofwomen who are the movie’s most compelling and complicated characters — are not shy in front of the camera, and their forthrightness quiets, at least temporarily, the queasy sense of exploitation that hangs around the film.

It is hard to know just what to think of these people, whose unabashed recklessness might make you envious even as you shake your head in appalled amazement at their disregard for every conceivable societal norm. But one thing is certain, and is in a way the whole point of this fascinating and problematic documentary: The Whites don’t care what you or anyone else thinks of them…….


My wife really didn’t want hang around to see the end of the film……

This from Politicaldog101.Com


February 13, 2011 Posted by | Counterpoints, Crime, Entertainment, Family, Law, Media, Men, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment