The Humboldt County Travelogue
In May of 1999 three bastards hit the road to make a documentary about Humboldt County, California.
This is what they made instead...
Thus begins The Humboldt County Travelogue, a video rarity kept out of circulation by its producers until now. Join Jon Olsen, Trevor Guthrie, and Edwin Bringier -- three bastards if ever there were any -- on a curmudgeon's odyssey, a quest for bitter thrills in the foggy land of Humboldt. See fighting wiggahs and angry hippies. Tag along for an afternoon of ho spotting. Learn the hitherto untold story of the first time Jerry Garcia died. And watch as three adventurous young filmmakers quickly succumb to alcohol and insanity.
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Having found "The Humboldt County Travelogue" out there (albiet a few years after it came out) I was immediately excited. Finally, I figured, someone has taken it upon themselves to document exactly how strange this obscure piece of California is.
What I was hoping for was a documentary that examined the descent into self-parody that Humboldt County really is, along with a simultaneous descent into despair, regret and drunkeness on the part of the documentors as they got deeper into it. When they went thru that debacle that the Drive-Thru Tree is, I felt like they were off to a good start. Then, with several near altercations with hippies caught on film, there was definitely potential to take the film over the top -- but fuled by the poor editing and lack of balls of the film crew, it never happened.
I can only hope that a Part II or something along those line will eventually be made, and if this is the case, with a better plan, more variety of debauchery, and a little more "take charge" attitude on the part of the participants. I know it will probably never happen, but I can only appeal to the producers of this DVD: This is an idea that absolutely NEEDS to happen. The world really needs to know the truth behind Slumboldt County.
Unfortunately, this documentary fell short.