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82 minutes · 1994

A dog-eared valentine to indie rock slackerdom, this 1994 black-and-white feature centers on a disaffected young woman in Louisville who impulsively makes off with her brother's van full of musical equipment and, along with some similarly aimless pals, embarks on a guerrilla concert tour of the southeast. They can't play a lick, but they're perfectly capable of sleeping on floors and scraping together change for convenience-store food, which gives them all the cred they need. First-time filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky were veterans of the New York rock scene, yet their movie manages to be wryly satirical without compromising its low-grain verisimilitude; they later graduated to political documentary with the excellent Horns and Halos. Hawley directed; with music by Freakwater, Sleepyhead, and the Grifters.

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