Posts Tagged ‘johnny knoxville’

The Birth of Big Air

Published April 2, 2010 by Dallas

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There will be more coming about this as we draw closer to the premiere but we just wanted to hip you Jeff Tremaine’s new documentary on BMX legend Mat Hoffman. Jeff directed it and Spike and Johnny Knoxville produced as a part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series which features a list of some amazing filmmakers and storytellers diving deep into the ESPN archive and shedding some light on some fantastic athletes and unique moments in sports history. Stay tuned!

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

Published May 27, 2009 by Graham

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Jesco White: unparalleled tap dancer, charismatic Elvis impersonator and notorious criminal, was first introduced to the public through the PBS documentary Dancing Outlaw in 1991– a sort of testosterone-fueled, rebel yelling Grey Gardens. Like the Beales, the Whites were a family living on the fringes of society, dazzling audiences with their outrageous lifestyles. Transformed by the film into a cult phenomenon, Jesco toured the nation in the early 90’s and ended up tap dancing on the set of Roseanne (as seen in Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood) before disappearing from the public eye.

Nearly two decades later, producer Johnny Knoxville has returned to the iconoclastic White family in The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, finding them in a state of utterly exhilarating, free-flowing anarchy that would put the Jackass crew to shame. Providing a close-up look at the White family’s vile charm, the film examines their tendency to pass their dancing skills– along with their drug problems– on to each successive generation. If that weren’t enough for you, it’s got original songs and commentary from the freewheeling Hank Williams III. Check out the trailer, and then watch the following comically optimistic news report about Jesco White from 1994:

Super 8 stash

Published May 13, 2009 by Spike

Lance Bangs found a Super 8 cartridge from a camera he used back in 2002 when were were working on Adaptation and Jackass. We were shooting a sequence from Adaptation where I played one of the orchid hunters who got killed and I had a big beard from editing so long so I thought I’d do it myself. As it turns out I almost drowned. They put so many weights on me in this eighteen foot deep pool that I panicked and sank to the bottom and kept trying to swim to the top but I couldn’t. I was supposed to be a dead body just floating beneath the water but I’m not that good of a swimmer I guess.