19 minutes / All ages / 2004 / United States of America / Average:
In Dead People Deutsch tells the fictionalized history of Frank Butler, a local character in an economically depressed small town.
In 1974 a filmmaker set out to make a portrait of Jay Frank Butler, an elderly resident of Ellicott City, Maryland. Butler was a town character, frequently drunk and fond of speaking of dead people and crazy people, his two favorite subjects. After abandoning the film for 30 years, the filmmaker, Roger Deutsch, now uses his haunting, grainy black and white footage and Butler's mesmerizing stories to meditate on the power of the documentarian to record the truth and create lies.
Black Maria Film and Video Festival -- Honorable Mention (Nominated)
San Francisco Art Institute Film and Video Festival -- Jury Award (Nominated)
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Annapolis Reel Cinema Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
James River Film Festival