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Skanks

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This engaging documentary chronicles a group of amateur actors living in religion- and football-obsessed small-town Alabama, who bond while producing "Skanks in a One Horse Town," an original drag musical. "Skanks" follows the cast of amateur performers - some gay, some straight, and all unique - as they bond to form a family of sorts while creating the unconventional show in a conservative Southern city. This heartwarming film explores their humor and the meaning that theater has in their lives.

  • DirectorDavid McMahon
  • Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
  • StudioFilmBuff
  • QualityHD

Reviews about Skanks

Skanks
Franklin Slaton
but it gets retold pretty powerfully here

Skanks has made it's way around the film festival circuit this past year and I'm THRILLED it's finally available to stream on multiple platforms. The story of rebelling against your upbringing before finally making peace with it is a universal one, but it gets retold pretty powerfully here, against the backdrop of a group of friends mounting a raunchy absurdist original musical in conservative Birmingham, Alabama. Several cast members are profiled, with trips back to their hometowns and interviews with their parents, making for some surprisingly poignant moments. Overall the documentary gives a highly entertaining peek into this slice of American counter-culture buried in the heart ...

Skanks
Karen S.
A brilliant documentary about the power of theater

A brilliant documentary about the power of theater, friendship and humor. I especially appreciate that it shows Birmingham in a light that is unfamiliar to most of the country, but not to folks who live there and who benefit from its diversity and rich cultural heartbeat.The film takes us behind the scenes of a musical called Skanks in a One-Horse Town. The play starts in disco era 1978, where a time machine at Studio 54 transports three skanks to 1878. There, the town of Deep Hole is threatened by a railroad baron and the fearless skanks band together with the town's residents to fight the injustice. But as entertaining ...

Skanks
Franklin Slaton
but it gets retold pretty powerfully here

Skanks has made it's way around the film festival circuit this past year and I'm THRILLED it's finally available to stream on multiple platforms. The story of rebelling against your upbringing before finally making peace with it is a universal one, but it gets retold pretty powerfully here, against the backdrop of a group of friends mounting a raunchy absurdist original musical in conservative Birmingham, Alabama. Several cast members are profiled, with trips back to their hometowns and interviews with their parents, making for some surprisingly poignant moments. Overall the documentary gives a highly entertaining peek into this slice of American counter-culture buried in the heart ...

Skanks
Karen S.
A brilliant documentary about the power of theater

A brilliant documentary about the power of theater, friendship and humor. I especially appreciate that it shows Birmingham in a light that is unfamiliar to most of the country, but not to folks who live there and who benefit from its diversity and rich cultural heartbeat.The film takes us behind the scenes of a musical called Skanks in a One-Horse Town. The play starts in disco era 1978, where a time machine at Studio 54 transports three skanks to 1878. There, the town of Deep Hole is threatened by a railroad baron and the fearless skanks band together with the town's residents to fight the injustice. But as entertaining ...

Skanks
Franklin Slaton
but it gets retold pretty powerfully here

Skanks has made it's way around the film festival circuit this past year and I'm THRILLED it's finally available to stream on multiple platforms. The story of rebelling against your upbringing before finally making peace with it is a universal one, but it gets retold pretty powerfully here, against the backdrop of a group of friends mounting a raunchy absurdist original musical in conservative Birmingham, Alabama. Several cast members are profiled, with trips back to their hometowns and interviews with their parents, making for some surprisingly poignant moments. Overall the documentary gives a highly entertaining peek into this slice of American counter-culture buried in the heart ...

Skanks
Karen S.
A brilliant documentary about the power of theater

A brilliant documentary about the power of theater, friendship and humor. I especially appreciate that it shows Birmingham in a light that is unfamiliar to most of the country, but not to folks who live there and who benefit from its diversity and rich cultural heartbeat.The film takes us behind the scenes of a musical called Skanks in a One-Horse Town. The play starts in disco era 1978, where a time machine at Studio 54 transports three skanks to 1878. There, the town of Deep Hole is threatened by a railroad baron and the fearless skanks band together with the town's residents to fight the injustice. But as entertaining ...

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