An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Surreal scenes shot in long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which—causing mayhem.
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Less an exposé and more of an ICP thesis statement: a beautifully paced, wordless (and, thank god, without music) series of short video portraits of clown-faced juggalos in situ, self-medicating with sex, violence, drugs and companionship. An Avedon and Arbus-influenced insider's perspective of post-dada nihilists marooned in a world that is no more or less ludicrous than painting your inner Pagliacci on your face.
Photographiquement bien composé, ce film se présente comme une manifestation de l'esprit Juggalos. Il nous montre un autre mode d'existence, risqué, marginal, en réaction contre l'american way of life, littéralement défié. Les Juggalos font de leur vie une oeuvre d'art, une fleur du mal, et semblent chercher à réinventer leur rapport à l'amour, à la douleur et à la mort.
Intriguant et assez prenant, Buffalo Juggalos est une belle carte postale d'une Amérique désincarnée et underground. On aurait aimé un film plus viscéral et torturé pour qu'il puisse hanter au-delà de sa durée.
If Harmony Korine followed a small population of Juggalos, this is what it would look like. Hilarious, unsettling, and something you can't look away from, this is a great peek into the life of a couple upstate New York juggalos.
Wow. Just wow.
Comes from the Manakamana school of long-take/tableau/WTF documentar-ish filmmaking. Plays with notions of objectivity and anthropological detachment in highly amusing ways. Plus, alpacas. And gay Juggalos in heat.
I can't remember the last time I had this much fun watching a short.
"Any time you turn a camera on someone, you have entered an exploitative relationship. From conception, I wanted to be aware of this, but not shy away from it — to dive in, embrace it and push it past my own comfort zone. The Juggalos were not my subjects, they were participants, and every choice I made honored that participation - a 30-minute portrait ... in 30 one-minute shots." - Scott Cummings, Filmmaker Magazine
Cummings reveals this subculture-within-a-subculture without patronizing the subjects. We see them as they are. We also see them how they wish to seen. I liked the choice of vignettes with only natural sound and no dialogue. It prevented the Juggalos from trying to explain themselves. Like the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner said: "An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words."