John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs Restoration

John Waters’ restored MULTIPLE MANIACS released in UK this week.  THE GUARDIAN interviews John and reveals a few new things.  

Ever the joyful fop, John Waters, in full regalia, offers a real Brit pose for the GUARDIAN.

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Old Movie Theaters

A collection of forgotten theaters
discovered in my travels

I passed through Cheyenne, Oklahoma to avoid the Interstate for a few hundred miles between Oklahoma City and Amarillo, TX.  Cheyenne is almost at the exact half-way point between the East and West Coasts.

It is also close to the Battle of Washita site where Gen. George Custer led his soldiers on a  murderous winter-night raid against a Cheyenne encampment of mostly peaceful, children and women, killing over 100.

The town is more than 100 miles from any city, about 65 miles from an Interstate Hwy, and has been shrinking for decades.  Now, nearly every store on the main street is abandoned.  Someone tried to renovate this beautiful deco movie theater, but stopped– probably several years ago.  Not much of a future for little Cheyenne, except for people who want to visit sites of America’s great massacres.

On Travel-Part 1; First Memories

A ‘truck farm’ on Maryland’s eastern shore. One of my first memories.

Travel has been a big part of me—well, forever.  I was born in Salisbury, Maryland, a moderate size town on the Eastern Shore, surrounded by  fields of tomatoes, corn strawberries, and squash—‘truck farm country.  We lived in a small comfortable  house on about an acre of land  on the edge of town that bordered pine woods stitched together by lazy creeks.  It was a 45 minute drive to the Atlantic ocean’s broad sandy beaches, which for many years were my favorite place in the world. These are my first memories, from about 3 years old.

It’s a short memory, because at 4 my father was transferred to the big city of Baltimore.  We traded our open spaces and agricultural setting for a brick row house with a tiny yard, and a hundred neighbors.  It was all new—we walked to a little shopping strip with a bowling alley, sandwich shop, hobby shop, small lunch counter, and a couple pharmacies with soda fountains and twirling comic book racks.  We were 100 yards from a main street where an electric streetcar glided and jerked you to downtown through a dozen different-looking neighborhoods to Baltimore’s giant skyscrapers, gilded age office buildings,  large, comfy department stores, and a mysterious downtown wharf.

Baltimore Inner Harbor c. 1955. An exciting contrast to Maryland’s Eastern Shore where I was born

At four, I learned that life in one spot would not be my world.  We returned regularly to the land of endless truck farms to visit family friends, driving for hours, even crossing the Chesapeake Bay on a new, suspension bridge that soared 200 feet over the water. It was a good contrast, leaving the row houses and shopping centers and electric streetcars behind.

My mother had two brothers, who lived with their families, just outside Washington DC, about an hour away.  We made many Sunday trips there.  I enjoyed staring out the window of the big Chevy 2-door sedan, mesmerized as the trees of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway whizzed by.   I still love looking out windows of moving planes, trains, and cars, for hours on end.

It made me dream of one day making trips all over the world on a motorcycle through the woods, ignoring roads, stopping when I wanted, and experiencing the thrill of the new and different.

About The Warehouse Cinema – An Art House Cinema

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Prepping an 8,000 mile trip across the USA and back– in a Chevy Van

A cool day in January, practicing for the 8,000 mile journey.

At the end of May, I’m heading from Davidson, NC to Northern California, and back. In my Roadtrek 190 camper van, I’ll mostly follow the ‘blue highways’.

First leg will be south on I-85  through Alabama (want to see Selma).  Passing New Orleans (been there, done that) then go slowly through Cajun Country to dip deep into Texas’ Gulf Coast.  At Galveston, turning North.

Then through the Texas, a corner of New Mexico and the Colorado deserts, to pick up my wife, Catheryn, who doesn’t have as much available time as I, and so flying to Denver.

We continue in the camper van for the next 10 days, cross the Rockies, then  Utah and Nevada.  We slide through California, stopping on the coast in Petaluma, to visit with our son Evan, and his friend Rachel for a few days.  Then up the Northern California coast to Redwood  National Forest for several days.  Return to Petaluma to visit a few more days, then Catheryn flies back to Charlotte.

I drive the van back East, this time looping through northern Nevada, Wyoming (Yellowstone), then the Dakota Badlands,  infamous Standing Rock, and the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Meander through Iowa, Ohio and the Virginias.  Estimate to Back in Davidson around the end of June.

Planning to do a lot of writing and shoot/edit stills & video on the way.  Will post regularly here.

For the month of July,  I will park the van outside the little Appalachian village of Bakersville, NC.  I’m working on a documentary about a 150 year old water-driven grist mill there, and will shoot, write, edit and live in the van outside the mill.  It may be haunted– we’ll see!

Blu-Ray of LOVE LETTER TO EDIE Available NOW

New hd restoration completed–
Autographed blu-ray available now!


LOVE LETTER TO EDIE is the story of Edith Massey.  Edith was one of the most popular underground movie stars of the 1960s-1980s.  She appeared in many John Waters films, including MULTIPLE MANIACS, PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE, and DESPERATE LIVING.

Expert film restorers, Debenham Media Group recently produced a careful digital restoration of LOVE LETTER TO EDIE using the original 16mm film.  The 2K HD video transfer required substantial color correction, scratch and dust removal, and image stabilization, because the original color film had aged substantially.  Image Design Productions producer, Brian Scott, did the digital re-assembly of the transferred cuts, and performed additional color corrections and audio enhancement.

AND it looks gorgeous! 

Order copies from the right column, and you will receive an autographed copy.

Thank-you for your interest.

Funny Snack


Liberal Rednecks- Introducing Mr. Trae Crowder

crowder tshirtAnd now for something completely 13406921_472053256338676_720802718420717353_ndifferent (finally).  

Big media ignores this, why?
#1 comes from the South and isn’t about food.

#2 hasn’t appeared in the NY TIMES Style Section.

Visions of the South – Religious Fraud?

North Carolina’s Governor never approved this invitation to this religious event. 

As with so many religious organizations, the truth is a very elastic thing. 

Why don’t these people pay taxes? Newspaper didn’t bother checking the truth of the claim. 





Visions of The South – Monument

Confederate Soldier Monument Becomes Homage to Christo


This 3o ft. soldier on a high pedestal  in Cornelius, North Carolina (25 miles north of Charlotte) stands about a mile from my house.  It was erected in 1910 to memorialize Confederate soldiers who had died about 50 years earlier.  The South was well into the Jim Crow era, and similar monuments sprouted at that time across the South, paid for by local private associations riding the wave of post-reconstruction prosperity of the industrializing South.  Confederate soldiers could now be held in high esteem, as memories of the death and destruction of the war faded, and reconstruction laws had been rescinded. The discriminatory Jim Crow laws were deemed sufficient protection against African-Americans gaining any prosperity or power that might threaten the white establishment.  The soldier, though in rest pose, remains armed.  The pedestal, wrapped, Christo-like, in a blue plastic tarp includes a bas-relief Confederate Battle Flag (stars and bars) and a beefy field cannon.

Soon after the massacre of 9 African-Americans on June 17, 2015 at a Charleston Church by an avowed white male racist, who draped himself in Confederate Battle Flag gear, the Confederate Flag quickly became an anathema to much of the civilized world.  Public buildings, especially the Columbia, South Carolina State House quickly removed the flag that had flown there for decades and survived had scathing international criticism and boycotts of the state.

Also,any of the monuments were immediately covered with graffiti making uncomfortable associations of the flag with the Nazi swastika, the KKK, and general anti-racism statements, plus the names of the recently murdered– perhaps in an attempt to memorialize them along with the Confederate soldiers who had fought to help preserve slavery.

This particular monument’s graffiti was quickly shrouded by the local Cornelius police who said only that it had been defaced by “profanity.”  Other photos show no profanity– at least in the traditional sense of lewd sexual references or violent curses.

The statue was unwrapped for a few hours while several local men tried to scrub and power-wash the black spray paint.  A photo of that work appeared in a local monthly newspaper. See more photos at 20150807_083537

However, I noticed a few days later, the blue wrap was back on.  Was thegraffiti too difficult to clean by non-professionals?  Had the mysterious group returned immediately after the cleaning to spray paint again?

I walked up to the monument, and saw that a sign had appeared, warning that the monument was private property and under 24 hour observation with an infrared camera.  I didn’t see a camera, but the phone number is good, just haven’t been able to connect to get the story.

P1020994A friend decided to visit it with a few friends after a bar crawl one night.  Within minutes, four local cop cars pulled up, asked for ID and what they were up to.  They said “just sight-seeing,” and all held their hands over their heads and pulled their shirts up.  The cops just left.  But it was a touchy situation.  They wondered how busy it was in the little town, if four cars could be dispatched so quickly.

In a recent news dispatch, the Mt. Zion Methodist Church, which had earlier denied that the monument was erected on church land, admitted that indeed it was on church land, putting them in the difficult position of perhaps supporting an extremely unpopular cause.  On the other hand, Southerners can have very different views about their traditions and heritage, so there is an on-going conflict.  And for whatever reasons, the blue wrap remains in place.  It will probably be there for a while, because the topic easily inflames passions.  Passion can be a dangerous thing in the South, and finding a compromise solution will be as difficult as it was during the Civil War.

christoThis is an example of Christo’s artful wrapping.  Underneath is the German Parliament building.