Giuseppe Makes A Movie
Directed by Adam Rifkin and starring Giuseppe Andrews, Vietnam Ron, Big Ed, and Walt Dongo
Enlisting an ensemble of neighbors and homeless friends, Giuseppe Andrews shoots his movies in the trailer park where he grew up. Adam Rifkin’s tribute to the no-budget filmmaker and his troupe of collaborators makes for a wildly entertaining ride.
Andrews — a one-time teen actor in Independence Day and Detroit Rock City — has made over 30 experimental features with titles like Doily’s Summer of Freak Occurrences, Trailer Town, and Utopia Blues. Set in some demented alternate universe (i.e., Ventura, California, prior to Andrews’ move to Austin, Texas), the films are populated by real-life alcoholics and drug addicts, trash-talking senior citizens, and trailer park residents dressed in cow outfits and costume-shop wigs, acting out booze-fueled vignettes of severe psychosis filtered through Giuseppe’s John Waters-meets-Harmony Korine-meets-Werner Herzog sensibility.
Director Adam Rifkin(Look, The Dark Backward) creates a wildly surreal, outrageously funny and strangely touching portrait of a truly outsider artist inhabiting a world few of us even know exists, as he follows Giuseppe and his seriously impaired troupe on the production of his latest two-day opus, Garbanzo Gas, starring Vietnam Ron as a cow given a weekend reprieve from the slaughterhouse at the local motel. Beyond the sun-stroked, theater-of-the-absurd madness of Giuseppe’s vision, there is a remarkable and endearing sense of family among the director, his amiably bonkers dad Ed, patient girlfriend Mary, Sir Bigfoot George, and the rest of his surreal trailer-park rep company.
Director: Adam Rifkin
Screenwriters: Adam Rifkin, Mike Plante, David Nordstrom
Cinematographer: Adam Rifkin
Editor: David Nordstrom
Music: Giuseppe Andrews
Cast: Giuseppe Andrews, Vietnam Ron, Big Ed, Walt Dongo
Running Time: 82 minutes