Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

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This atmospheric tour of the Deep South is both quirky and lovely.



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Musician and songwriter Jim White acts as a tour guide for this documentary which explores the strange and soulful heart of the American South. As White shares his own story of dealing with the legacy of his Southern heritage -- where Saturday nights at the juke joint fade into Sunday mornings in the church, and the revelry and violence of the former runs counter to the Holy Ghost visions of the latter -- he meets other musicians and artists who are also fascinated by the emotional and spiritual power of Appalachia's dualistic nature. Artists featured include mercurial singer and songwriter Johnny Dowd, post-modern songsters the Handsome Family, Florida-based novelist Harry Crews, old-timey banjo master Lee Sexton, modern-day blues singer David Johansen, and musical saw player Melissa Swingle. Produced for British television, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus was the first feature film for Andrew Douglas, who previously distinguished himself making short films and television commercials.


Critic Reviews for Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

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The soundtrack, which includes Lee Sexton, The Handsome Family and others, is full of haunting Southern sounds; the camera work is inventive; and the interviews give you an off-center sense of place that equals at least one aspect of the South.

Oct 20, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus is one of those movie-long non sequiturs where, though one thought does not logically follow another, we know what is meant.

Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A portrait of rural America as beautiful as it is bizarre.

Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Douglas has crafted a beautifully shot and edited film that treats its subjects fairly.

Jul 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A hit-and-miss experience.

Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.

Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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