FFFF and Trasa Urban Arts Collective present WHO IS BOZO TEXINO

LMA's partner in crime, the Free Form Film Festival is helping legendary underground filmmaker Bill Daniel (who is also the editor for the great media archeologist and iconoclast director Craig Baldwin) promote his Magnum Opus "Who is Bozo Texino". Read below. If you live in SLC and you miss this, you don't know how sorry you'll be!


Sept 25th, 9:00pm (Sharp!) at the Pickle Company, Salt Lake City, UT - FFFF and Trasa Urban Arts Collective present Bill Daniel's "Who is Bozo Texino"!
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Freight rider and van tramp, Bill Daniel is back on tour screening his 16-years-in-the-making, documentary film, "Who is Bozo Texino?" --- the secret history of hobo graffiti. This gritty black and white documentary-shot entirely on film-- tells the mostly-factual account of the epic quest and unlikely discovery of railroading's most mysterious artist.


In 1987 Daniel and his trusty Bolex camera began hanging out in hobo jungles and riding freights across the West, looking for clues to the identity of a strange boxcar graffito. While gathering interviews and discovering clues to the identities of many of the most legendary boxcar artists, Daniel discovered a vast underground folkloric practice that has existed with little notice for over a century. Today these drawings live on as a new breed of hobos have taken to the rails and kept the tradition of "moniker chalking" alive. This artform provides unlikely common ground between mostly conservative railworkers and old school tramps and the kids whose approach includes spray cans and punk lifestyles.

Since completing the film in June last year, Bill Daniel and his film "Who is Bozo Texino?" have been on the road, wowing audiences of punks, geezers, folkies, foamers and graffiti toughs all over the nasty ol' usa. The film has screened at festivals across Europe including Rotterdam, Vienna, and Slovenia.

On line reviews:

"Who Is Bozo Texino? is a great American movie, and its greatness is tied up very closely with its American-ness. With this brilliant experimental documentary, self-styled hobo film-maker Daniel places himself firmly in the bootprints of Jack London, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Woody Guthrie - a fine, long tradition of American artists who look for their inspiration to the marginal, the underclass, the vagabond and the outcast. Nominally a chronicle/survey/history of boxcar graffiti (a tradition as old as the railroad itself) and the men who create it, Who Is Bozo Texino? soon transcends its narrow subject-matter to become a gloriously rough-edged elegy for an America which is being swept away before our eyes.

Unlike the overwhelming majority of documentaries - even entertaining recent examples like Murderball, Dogtown and Z-Boys and Stoked - Daniel's film manages a near-perfect union of radical form and radical content, And it does so in consistently accessible style: at first you're intrigued by the stunning monochrome images captured by his self-effacing, sensitively-handled camera(s); by the startling kineticism of his fluent editing style; by the sheer range of voices, music and sound-effects we hear as he tracks down a series of grizzled hobos and wisdom-dispensing graffiti-'markers.'

Then you realize that, just as these men have always instinctively rejected authority and convention, Daniel has likewise embraced the unorthodox in his style of filmmaking - even down to his choice of title and running-time. Indeed, in less than an hour Daniel manages to say more about life, art, America and the simple joy of filmmaking than most directors manage in decades."
--- Neil Young, Neil Young's Film Lounge

"I am not going to hold back any enthusiasm... it is the best movie I have ever seen."
---Josh from Edmonton

"Bill Daniel's homegrown epic is as kinetic and raggedly beautiful as the trains he hopped to make it. ...a film about freedom as literal passage across the land. Corporations brand things to say they own them, but there are ways in which humans have marked things to say they can't be owned."
---Jem Cohen

"Bill Daniel was my favorite Portland filmmaker until he moved to rural Louisiana"
---Chas Bowie, Portland Mercury

"Seasoned DIYers like film and video artists Vanessa Renwick and Bill Daniel whose "Lucky Bum Film Tour" has crossed the old-fashioned road show with avant-garde film to become a national subculture phenomenon."
--- Randy Gragg, The Oregonian

"Daniel and Renwick makes some of the liveliest work on the microcinema circuit, wherein film, video art, and music collide with edgy, confrontational, unpredictable and often exuberant intensity"
--- Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Also Screening:

Britton S. Dakota by Vanessa Renwick, 2004, 7 min. Depression-era children are hypnotized by the camera in this re-discovered imagery from 1938. Score by Johnne Eschleman. Portland-based filmmaker Vanessa Renwick is Director of Affairs of the Oregon Dept. of Kick Ass. www.odoka.org

The Pickle Company is located at 741 S. 400 W. Admission is a $5-10 sliding scale. for more information, visit www.thepicklecompany.org



THIS IS IT.... for the next year (or two) this blog will serve as the website for the LOST MEDIA ARCHIVE. LMA is a Utah-based collection of mondo/kitch/cult/ephemeral/experimental/historical/obsolete/ forgotten/unearthed audio-visual and textual documents. LMA is also a resource for those who cling to bygone media formats. We accept donations of any and all projection, recording and filming devices. When possible, we maintain these machines for use by recordists and filmmakers. The LMA was founded by Blair Sterrett and works together with loaf-i productions and the Free Form Film Festival to arrange screenings, viewings, and concerts. The LMA also promotes and initiates the creation of new and unusual films, albums, performative projects, and book events.