The Louisville Film Society presents 'The Wild World of Hasil Adkins' and 'Dancing Outlaw'

The Louisville Film Society presents 'The Wild World of Hasil Adkins' and 'Danci

Appalachia – it's just to the east of us. It's easy to forget this, living here in Louisville. In fact, it's easy to forget that we have a whole state attached to us, this state called Kentucky, and that we are a part of it, because we are just so different. Appalachia, though – that's a whole other thing. It's a completely different world, and the region has produced some incredibly interesting personages.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the Louisville Film Society will showcase a double-feature of documentaries about two of these legendary men at the Dreamland Film Center.

It starts at 7:00 with the short film The Wild World of Hasil Adkins. Adkins came to fame in the 1960s with the pioneering of a bizarre new style of music: psychobilly. It is derived from rockabilly, which is itself a fusion of rock-and-roll and hillbilly music. Psychobilly merely adds elements of punk and violence, often with strange or nonsensical lyrics. Adkins led a life corresponding to his music, suffering from depression and hyperactivity and getting into all sorts of shenanigans.

The event also includes a screening of Dancing Outlaw, which tells the story of the infamous Jesco White, mountain dancer extraordinaire. He is the subject of an impressive three documentaries (the others including Dancing Outlaw 2 and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, which is, incidentally, directed by Julien Nitzberg, the man behind the aforementioned Hasil Adkins film.) White is quite a colorful character, and Dancing Outlaw allows us a glimpse into his life as he struggles to live up to the reputation of his father while dealing with the poverty and depression of Appalachia.

It all happens tomorrow at 7:00 at the Dreamland Film Center. Admission to the double-feature is $10. The Dreamland Film Center is located at 810 E. Market Street.

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About Allan Day
My "real" job is bartending, but I'm a writer and a filmmaker, owner of Monkey's Uncle Productions LLC. I am also a single father, avid reader of books, watcher of movies, and listener of music. My idols include Kurt Vonnegut, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman, Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman, Thom Yorke, Jonsi, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace.
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