Southern Circuit Film Series
NCLAC is presenting six independent films at the historic Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N Vienna in downtown Ruston.
What’s even more special is that the filmmakers will be here, too, offering Q&A sessions after the films!
Tickets for each film are $5 general admission, $3 for students, NCLAC members attend free! Tickets available at the door.
Each film begins at 7pm.
Our Next Film: Bathtubs Over Broadway
~ March 28th | 7:00 PM ~
Brief Film Synopsis:
When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a cache of vintage record albums that would change his life forever.
Bizarre cast recordings—marked “internal use only”—revealed full-throated Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America: General Electric, McDonald’s,
Ford, DuPont, Xerox. They also featured writers and performers who would become legends, such as
Chita Rivera, Kander & Ebb, Florence Henderson, and Bob Fosse. Steve didn’t know much about musical theater, but these recordings delighted him in a way that nothing ever had.
Bathtubs Over Broadway follows Steve Young on his quest to uncover all he can about this hidden world. While delving into treasure troves of forgotten archives, tracking down rare albums, unearthing unseen footage, and rediscovering composers and performers, Steve comes to form unlikely friendships and discovers how this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway.
I met Steve Young when I worked as an editor at the Late Show with David Letterman several years ago. I loved being assigned to work with him. No one wrote like Steve. Or thought like him. He was looking at the world through some other lens, and through his comedy, you got to put on the glasses and see it, too.
After I left the show for Los Angeles, Steve sent me a bizarre compilation of industrial show tunes labeled with a post-it that said “Welcome to one of my worlds…” The songs were hilarious, mainly because they weren’t meant to be. I knew exactly why he loved them, but it took me awhile to understand the depth of what he was dealing with. He’d been collecting these albums for…20 years? And, his collection was the largest in existence? Why didn’t people know about this stuff? When he mentioned he also had archival films of the shows—and that one was called “The Bathrooms Are Coming!”—I knew I could make something from this crazy world. That was the beginning. It got crazier from there, but not in the way that I expected.
That’s what I love so deeply about documentary. You clip into the roller coaster and just hang on for the twists and turns. At the very beginning, I thought I’d dig into some lost, kitschy Americana with my comically-gifted pal and have some fun at corporate America’s expense. Instead, over the course of four years, the film unfolded into this unexpectedly poignant story about art’s ability to connect people, and the value of staying true to oneself. Plus, of course, all those insane songs about tractors and disposable hospital gowns!
I’m so thankful for Steve’s ability to see the world the way he does, and that he saw something worth saving in these wonderful recordings. I’m also extremely grateful to him for seeing something in me, and for trusting me with his story. That trust was a real motivator during the leaner periods of this filmmaking odyssey. His honesty and openness to the entire process were invaluable gifts to a first-time director.
I also had a stellar team of collaborators over these four years—extremely talented people who took a chance on me and on this project. From our executive producers to our production assistants, we have been surrounded by smart, funny, good people who cared about doing great work. Making this film with this team is a dream come true for me.
I hope you enjoy it, and that you see what we see. [Dava Whisenant, Director]
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and NCLAC Members get in free!
Buy your tickets at the Dixie Center for the Arts before the show - 212 N. Vienna St. in Ruston. Doors open at 6:30PM.
NCLAC is searching for some helping hands who love indie films!
Our film series and the corresponding lawn parties need a few volunteers to help with planning and set up for each of the films. We have films scheduled for: March 28, and April 11. Each film begins at 7pm.
Film Committee members have the option to help set up for the lawn parties, schedule entertainment and food trucks, make and sell popcorn, sell and take tickets, and a number of other jobs. Each spring, the committee helps select our films for the upcoming season.