Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Legendary Filmmaker

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Southern heritage has been the fodder for quite a few movies in recent years, though too often from an outsider perspective: Yankees looking down their noses, Brits gawking at the freak show, you know the drill.

But if anyone's qualified to dig deep into the muddy waters that lurk below the Mason-Dixon Line, it's Legendary Shack*Shakers frontman Colonel J.D. Wilkes. Raised in Western Kentucky, Wilkes has made the weird, wonderful and haunting Southern underbelly—particularly the saint-sinner smackdown that gives the Bible Belt its name—the focus of his music, sideshow art, cartoons and now, film.

On his website, Wilkes says, "This movie seeks to give resonance to the voices of true, Southern individuals...each one unique, fearless and most importantly intelligent. This is NOT an exploitational slam-job on the South. This is about the humanity of my homeland. These are my people."

Though Seven Signs is still in production, the trailer has us salivating. See for yourself.

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