Fearless Filmmaking: New Workshop with Bradley Beesley


Monday, Feb 27, 6–9pm
Tuition: $12/member, $15/general
Max Attendance: 25

Bradley Beesley must have a million stories. His films are wide and varied, with topics ranging from penitentiary rodeos to bare-handed catfishing to Christmas on a Mars space station. Most of his films have earned the credential to hold long lasting cult status, but when considered altogether, his body of work reveals the mind of a director who simply has a keen interest in action-packed stories and oddball characters. While vising the Film Forum to present his latest film, Okie Noodling II, Beesley will be showing clips from his documentaries Fearless Freaks (an intimate portrait of the Flaming Lips) and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo while sharing some of the engrossing stories about the making of the films.

About Bradley Beesley
Austin based filmmaker Bradley Beesley has made a cinematic career documenting oddball Americana, strange sub-cultures and homegrown rock stars. Post art school and somewhat damaged, he began drinking moonshine and filming with legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside to make his first movie ‘Hill Stomp Hollar’ (SXSW). He has since directed 9 feature-length films, including 7 documentaries, a concert film and a sci-fi narrative. Bradley is the producer and director of the backwoods cult classic Okie Noodling (PBS). The film chronicles the lost art of bare-handed catfishing in his home state of Oklahoma and continues to have encore broadcasts nationwide.

After collecting over 400 hours of footage, In 2005, Shout! Factory released ‘The Fearless Freaks’ a documentary starring The Flaming Lips. He has collaborated on over 15-music videos with the Lips and recently teamed-up with Wayne Coyne to make the science fiction picture ‘Christmas on Mars’ (Warner Bros.).

‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo’ (HBO) is his latest effort and goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls as they compete within this coliseum-esque gladiator spectacle know as the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. Other feature documentaries include ‘The Creek Runs Red’ (Independent Lens), ‘Summercamp!’ (Sundance Channel) and ‘UFO’s at the Zoo’ (Warner Bros.). His TV credits include ‘Roller Girls’ (A&E), ‘Paranormal State’ (A&E) and ‘Storm Chasers’ (Discovery).

When Bradley is not making films he can be found cooking Cajun cuisine, wading chest-deep through murky Oklahoma rivers or passing out wedgies to his endless mob of nieces and nephews.

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