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Mule Skinner Blues

4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Beanie Andrew has been possessed with making his own B-grade horror film. He rallies his fellow trailer park friends to fulfill his bizarre vision: to "rise from beneath the murky swamps behind the local junkyard in a blue ape suit and look for his severed arm." As Beanie strives to make his film, the viewer explores the lives, dreams, hopes and realities of his supportive friends as they each search for their own paths to artistic self-expression. With a fresh and inventive style, this visually stunning film is a four-year magical mystery tour through the underbelly of trailer park society.

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Beanie Andrew has been possessed with making his own B-grade horror film. He rallies his fellow trailer park friends to fulfill his bizarre vision: to "rise from beneath the murky swamps behind the local junkyard in a blue ape suit and look for his severed arm." As Beanie strives to make his film, the viewer explores the lives, dreams, hopes and realities of his supportive friends as they each search for their own paths to artistic self-expression. With a fresh and inventive style, this visually stunning film is a four-year magical mystery tour through the underbelly of trailer park society.

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  • Actors: Beanie Andrew, Don Arrup, Emily Brannen, Holly Cavanaugh, Raymond Dagley
  • Directors: Stephen Earnhart
  • Producers: Victoria Ford, Stephen Earnhart, Gavin O'Connor, Greg O'Connor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MGG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mule Skinner Blues" on IMDb

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If you are into documentaries and you enjoyed AMERICAN MOVIE I can practically guarantee that you're going to like MULE SKINNER BLUES since it almost begs to be compared to that earlier film by Chris Smith and Sarah Price. AMERICAN MOVIE is about a hard drinking guy from Wisconsin named Mark Borchardt who is consumed by his passion to make a movie in spite of all the obstacles placed in his path and all the nay sayers he encounters. In MULE SKINNER BLUES the film takes place in the upper right hand corner of my old stomping grounds, Florida, in a nowhere-land called Mayport located near Jacksonville on the Atlantic coast, and our primary mover and shaker is Beanie Andrew who looks to be at least 60 something, quite a bit older than the dreamer in AMERICAN MOVIE. Unlike Mark, Beanie has absolutely no training or film experience, just the life-long urge to jump out of the mud dressed as a gorilla and scare people. His big chance came when a young film maker named Stephen Earnhart came to town one day--and Beanie pounced.

Earnhart was in Florida scouting locations for a low budget horror film he hoped to do called DEVIL DEER (oh boy). Fortunately for us that deal fell through, but he did wind up producing a music video called "Book of Angels" for Jim White instead and they decided to film it in Mayport. Beanie Andrew and some of his friends were cast in the video. The die was cast too. After that there was no escaping Beanie who sent numerous unsolicited tapes to Earnhart trying to convince him that there was tons of local talent and endless amounts of wonderful locations around Mayport and Earnhart should really come back and make a film with them. Earnhart was charmed by the entire thing and amazed by the sheer energy and persistence of Andrew.
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This has long been one of my favorite movies! I recently went to Jacksonville and visited the old Buccaneer Trailer Park site, where a lot of this film was made. It's not there any longer, just a jungle of oak trees and Spanish moss, with a few old foundations/slabs still visible. I spoke to Ken at the Mayport Shrimp Stand who said that Beanie Andrew's been dead about 9 or 10 years and that Miss Jeanie is also dead. He did say that one man who played guitar and always wore a cowboy hat did get himself cleaned up and no longer drinks, he works as a welder now. I think that could be Miss Jeanie's "real good friend" and singing partner, Ray. As for everyone else, Ken says that most of them are still alcoholics and some are homeless now, though I imagine that Larry Parrot and Miss Anabelle Lee Usher are doing fine since they were the only cast members who didn't seem to have drinking problems and had stable home lifes.

Just wanted to provide an update!
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WOW! What a great film that gives those without a clue a slice of reality and really entertains those of us who can relate. "Don't be a wish-a-woulda"
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Mule Skinner Blues is a fine documentary that sensitively tells the story of a group of amateur artists and actors in a trailer park near Jacksonville, Florida; they want to make their own horror movie. After having some contact with director Stephen Earnhart who was originally in that area to film a music video, resident Beanie Andrew persisted in sending countless unsolicited videotapes to Earnhart and Earnhart eventually decided to return to Florida and work them to make their own horror film complete with costumes that they could dig up from the storage area of one of the residents, Annabelle Lea-Usher, a script that Beanie and especially his friend Larry slaved over and enough camera time using what few "sets" they had to make it all work out. In addition, Mule Skinner Blues has a fine musical score and the pace of the story moves along so well that you shouldn't feel bored watching this documentary.

These people, despite the fact that they are only amateurs and really not the most talented people, impressed me greatly as they worked so hard to turn their dream of making a horror film into a reality. It was practically a labor of love! We meet the people who worked the most on the film and we get to know them fairly well over the course of the film: There's Larry Parrot who writes the majority of the script after getting most of his ideas from Beanie Andrew, who is in seventh heaven that they are finally going to make their own horror film with the aid of someone who knows about filmmaking; and Beanie himself is quite a character who wants to live his life to the fullest. Indeed, it's great to see Beanie pushing so hard to get the movie done and even act in it as well.
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By j3 on December 28, 2012
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Sure, Beanie, is a bit of a con man, but he stumbled into some real creativity. Unfortunately, he was so obsessed with making his horror movie and involving the documentary film maker that he missed that his vids of the locals was itself good film - more pure and interesting than his ultimate horror film--and some of the stronger parts of Mule Skinner Blues.
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Destine to become a cult classic for alcoholics everywhere,"Mule Skinner Blues" conveys a message of hope for every poor, down-and-out individual.
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