Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus

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Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Unread postby musicmonkey » Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:14 am

Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus
A film by Andrew Douglas
Produced by Martin Rosenbaum for BBC ARENA
UK/USA | 2003 | 86 minutes


In this magnificent cinematic film, the acclaimed Alternative Country artist Jim White takes us on an entrancing journey into the heart of the culture of the southern USA, a culture too poor and marginalized to register as important yet extraordinarily rich in creative spirit.

In the classic road movie genre, Jim in his battered old car - complete with a concrete Jesus statue bought from a wrecker's junkyard - probes the 'Ulan Bator' of America, as he calls it, from the backwater swamps to the backwood mountains, searching for the wellspring of the culture of the South, bringing viewers along for the ride.

"I see the world through a pair of Jesus glasses"
- Jim White

This journey is a chain of Southern Stories, each told in various forms and filmed on location. Featuring live performances by White and other stars of the new Alternative Country scene, including The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, David Johansen, 16 Horsepower, and mesmerizing Southern preachers as well as funny, gritty, profound stories from celebrated Southern writer Harry Crews.

"It has a great kind of beauty and sadness to it"
- Andrew Douglas

Jim White's own story threads through the film, tracing his search for the meaning of faith in the modern world in the haunting atmosphere of the South: still a remarkably fertile territory for an artist. Or as Jim White puts it, he's "looking for the gold tooth in God's crooked smile". -- Films Transit International

Film Opening:
Here are the opening towns and dates for the Andrew Douglas film Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus.

Jul-13-05 New York NY IFC
Jul-21-05 Greensboro NC Weatherspoon Museum
Jul-22-05 Nashville TN Belcourt Theater
Jul-28-05 San Francisco CA Balboa Theater
Jul-29-05 Los Angeles CA Fairfax Theater
Jul-29-05 Minneapolis MN Bell Aud.-Minn. Film Arts
Aug-5-05 Albuquerque NM Guild Theater
Aug-5-05 Orlando FL Downtown Media Arts
Aug-5-05 San Luis Obispo CA Palm Theater
Aug-5-05 Buckhannon WV Lascaux Micro-Theater
Aug-5-05 Bellingham WA Mary Pickford Theater
Aug-12-05 Seattle WA Northwest Film Forum
Aug-15-05 Austin TX Alamo Draft House
Aug-19-05 Santa Fe NM The Screen
Aug-26-05 Waterville ME Railroad Sq. Cinema
Sep-1-05 Boston MA Museum of Fine Arts
Sep-9-05 Portland OR Cinema 21
Sep-23-05 Chicago IL Gene Siskel Center
Oct-7-05 Mt. Shasta CA Mt. Shasta Film Festival

Album Description:

Upon hearing the debut album by alt-country singer-songwriter Jim White, The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus, British commercials director Andrew Douglas contacted Jim and the two set out to make DouglasÂ’ feature film debut by exploring the deep South.

"The resulting documentary," says Variety, "reps a very European look at quintessentially American milieu, a marriage exemplified by its cool, painterly visuals and southern gothic cast of characters." Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus is a thought-provoking road trip through the American south - a world of churches; prison; coalmines; truck stops; juke joints; swamps; and mountains.

Along the way the viewer encounters various musicians, including the Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower and David Johansen; old time banjo player Lee Sexton, rockabilly and mountain Gospel churches and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track.

The film is a collage of stories and testimonies, almost invariably of sudden death, sin or redemption: heaven or hell, with no middle ground. And all the while, a strange southern Jesus looms in the background. The music in Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus adds a haunting melody to the already unforgettable imagery on screen. This collection of songs is a wonderfully eclectic soundtrack of blues, Gospel, and "sadcore" indie tunes.

Soundtrack Tracklist:

1. Stories - Harry Crews
2. Still Waters - Jim White
3. My Sister's Tiny Hands - Handsome Family
4. Crossbone Styles - Cat Power
5. Last Kind Deal - David Johansen
6. The Wound That Never Heals - Jim White
7. Wayfaring Stranger - David Eugene Edwards
8. Small Town - Mayor
9. Black Soul Choir - Sixteen Horsepower
10. Little Maggie - Lee Sexton
11. First There Was - Johnny Dowd With Maggie Brown
12. Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley And Doc Watson
13. Amazing Grace - Melissa Swingle
14. Christmas Day - Jim White
15. Essential Truth - Jim White

In related news, <a href="">16 Horsepower</a> wrote:It is with some regrets but also with confidence that we, 16 Horsepower, have decided to end our journey as a band. We have shared some unforgettable moments and hope to have given you all we could. An accumulation of differences, mostly political and spiritual, separates us today and prevents us from honestly going any further. We will remain active as Lilium and Woven Hand. We stay available to you and welcome your comments and inquiries through our record labels or via E-mail.

Thanks to eskimocounselor for pointing me to information about this film. Watch the trailer at and please comment if you've seen this film.

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Unread postby Newsfeeder » Sat Jan 28, 2006 12:00 pm

Shadow Distribution Discovers "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus" for Theatrical Release

Musician Jim White serves as the film's "unofficial guide." With Douglas in the front seat of a car, and a 300 pound concrete Jesus in the trunk, White sets out in a 1970 Chevrolet Impala to experience the "essence" of the white South in what a company release calls "a place where snakes slither, Satan stalks, and where music provides the soundtrack for souls in celebration and in torment." The film's soundtrack, which includes artists The Handsome Family and David Johansson, will have a parallel release to the film.

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Re: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Unread postby musicmonkey » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:44 pm

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Re: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Unread postby OneWayRawk » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:51 pm

Seems pretty interesting to say the least---

We went from the river to the woods to a pentecostal church to a bar to a jail back to the church and then at the end a woman in the river getting baptized!!! haha---whew----

Seems interesting though---I'm going to have to check it out----

I don't know where this may have taken place but I'm thinking Louisiana

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Re: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Unread postby musicmonkey » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:00 pm

Yes, it was largely filmed in a small town in Louisiana. Some of the reviews criticize it because it doesn't show the "normal" aspects of the south like shopping malls etc. The director said that his intention was only to show the fringe elements of the south, not the mainstream culture.

The website has more info:

I am a fan of David Eugene Edwards (aka 16 Horsepower, Woven Hand, etc) so that's what initially drew me to the film. The soundtrack is amazing. David Eugene Edwards makes an appearance in the film singing a song and playing a banjo.

Here is an official BBC interview with Jim White about the film: ... hite.shtml

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