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Appalachia – it's just to the east of us. It's easy to forget this, living here in Louisville. In fact, it's easy to forget that we have a whole state attached to us, this state called Kentucky, and that we are a part of it, because we are just so different. Appalachia, though – that's a whole other thing. It's a completely different world, and the region has produced some incredibly interesting personages.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the Louisville Film Society will showcase a double-feature of documentaries about two of these legendary men at the Dreamland Film Center.

It starts at 7:00 with the short film The Wild World of Hasil Adkins

. Adkins came to fame in the 1960s with the pioneering of a bizarre new style of music: psychobilly. It is derived from rockabilly, which is itself a fusion of rock-and-roll and hillbilly music. Psychobilly merely adds elements of punk and violence, often with strange or nonsensical lyrics. Adkins led a life corresponding to his music, suffering from depression and hyperactivity and getting into all sorts of shenanigans.

The event also includes a screening of

Dancing Outlaw

, which tells the story of the infamous Jesco White, mountain dancer extraordinaire. He is the subject of an impressive three documentaries (the others including

Dancing Outlaw 2

and

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

, which is, incidentally, directed by Julien Nitzberg, the man behind the aforementioned Hasil Adkins film.) White is quite a colorful character, and

Dancing Outlaw

allows us a glimpse into his life as he struggles to live up to the reputation of his father while dealing with the poverty and depression of Appalachia.

It all happens tomorrow at 7:00 at the Dreamland Film Center. Admission to the double-feature is $10. The Dreamland Film Center is located at 810 E. Market Street.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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