For a certain generation, their only knowledge of Branson, Missouri may be from a quip by Bart Simpson who once said that Homer described it as “Las Vegas if it was run by Ned Flanders.” Indeed, known for its own brand of colorful nightlife and entertainment, the city is far from a punchline, and has become one of the top tourist destinations in America. And starting this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival, you can take a closer look at Branson and what it means to live and perform there.
Directed by AJ Schnack and David Wilson, and slotted in the Documentary Feature Competition at SXSW, “We Always Lie To Strangers” takes a look at the Ozark town, in which family still plays a very important factor both on stage and off. But with shifting social mores and the rippling effects of the economy being felt, changes are happening in Branson, and the filmmakers take audiences on the ground in their doc. These exclusive images — along with the trailer — highlight both the showmanship of Branson and the personal stories that play out every day, which the directors explore in their film.
“We Always Lie To Strangers” will have its first screening on Monday, March 11th at the Stateside Theater at SXSW. Check out the images and trailer for the movie below.