Buffalo Juggalos

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    Buffalo Juggalos

    Directed by

    USA

    2014

    29 min

    • No dialogue

    Documentary, Experimental

    The Insane Clown Posse is one of the most radical and underground hip-hop crews operating in the US. Their fans have adopted a tribe ethos that has become a subculture. The film is composed of surreal and disturbing scenes shot in long and almost static takes in which the Juggalos perform random acts of ritual violence, mayhem, sex, backyard wrestling and destruction. Through these vignettes a tentative narrative structure emerges. “I’m from Buffalo,” says director Scott Cummings. “I’ve always wanted to shoot there. Buffalo is kind of Detroit’s little sister, and, for me, Juggalos are kind of the result of the collapse of industry in the Rust Belt”. Acknowledging influences, from Béla Tarr to John Waters and Troma movies, Diane Arbus and Werner Herzog, Tod Browning and Harmony Korine, Buffalo Juggalos is an exploration of a post-industrial landscape soaked in popular culture that has been reshaped and made alien and threatening again. “I find beauty in everything they do”, declares Cummings. “Erase irony. Evade narrative. Give as much as you get. Seek sincerity”. Giona A. Nazzaro

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Scott Cummings
    Cinematography
    Nandan Rao
    Editing
    Scott Cummings
    Production
    SCOTT CUMMINGS FILM
    Scott Cummings

    Scott Cummings

    USA

    Scott Cummings is a New York-based filmmaker. His work has been shown at MOMA, The Centre Pompidou, Visions du Reel, IFF Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, BAMcinemaFEST, Rooftop Films, and more. His film BUFFALO JUGGALOS (2014) won the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest and at Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, as well as receiving the Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Achievement in Short Non-fiction Filmmaking. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2014 and Berlinale Talents 2016. His latest film, ADVERSARY (2017), produced by Field of Vision, was a Vimeo Staff Pick and won Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival. In 2017, he received an Art of Nonfiction grant from the Sundance Institute for REALM OF SATAN.