Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Giuseppe Makes A Movie

Utilizing the down-on-their-luck residents of the trailer park he lives in, former child actor Guiseppe Andrews makes no-budget underground films in this gritty documentary. From appearing in big budget films such as Independence Day and Detroit Rock City to buying booze and DVCs from the local drug store, Andrews uses alcoholics and eccentrics as his main characters, feeding them lines in seedy motel rooms, and shooting in extreme close-up with a camcorder. Tragic and absurd, Giuseppe Makes A Movie recounts some of the horrific lives of the actors Andrews uses, and his belief that his films helps his neighbors in some way and his genuine life as an outsider artist amidst terrible poverty and near-homelessness keeps the film from becoming exploitation, but just barely.

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