Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers

Friday, April 13 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

Shorts Block: Southern Scenes
Bo McGuire | Los Angeles, CA | 15 min
Genre: Narrative Short

A failed poet takes up cinematic arms when he returns home to Hokes Bluff, Alabama to discover his drag queen uncle locked out of the family home.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Bo McGuire

1. What is your connection to the South?

I was born the queer son of a Waffle House waitress and his third-shift waitress on the corner of George Wallace Drive in Gadsden, Alabama.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

Gail Bryant was a lady from my hometown of Hokes Bluff. She had this tick where she would snap her neck to throw her silver hair to the side. One day Gail was snapping that neck and the next day she was in the ground. That pissed me off. The same thing happened to my Nanny and Papa without the neck snaps and that really pissed me off. Then my Aunt Sharon went behind everybody’s back and tried to sell Nanny and Papa’s house, and Meryl Streep got up on the Oscars hollering, take your broken heart, make it into art.

3. How did you start making films?

Before I came to film I studied poetry at the University of Arizona with Jane Miller. When I finished my manuscript, Jane turned to me and said What’s next? That’s when I showed her the video for Lady Gaga’s Telephone.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

No one died.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

The grit & the glamour.

6. Why should someone see your film?

Because Dolly Parton would watch it and say, Well ain’t that somethin’ else?

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F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
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Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
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