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Gathering of the Juggalos. It’s morning in America.

Gathering of the Juggalos. It's morning in America.

I’m fascinated by the Juggalos, which are sort of like the “KISS Army,” for rap/rock group Insane Clown Posse. I’m not just fascinated because there are apparently thousands of adults in this world that still cherish the group, despite having no real mainstream success and only making a blip on radio airplay back in 1999. I’m fascinated because when you look the 10th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, it teaches you that there are places like Cave-In-Rock, Illinois where segments of American culture come together and have no interest in any of what mainstream culture considers “niche.” This is a sub-niche of a sub-niche, but it’s obviously a very vocal and passionate group of taxpaying (?) citizens. Here’s my vote for best documentary short film of the month, with Derek Erdman’s Dark Carnival of Souls. This is a seven-minute tour of what went on when the musicians at this year’s Gathering (which included Vanilla Ice, Coolio, and more) were not onstage. Think of it as Heavy Metal Parking Lot meets Appalachian culture photography:

I can tell you one thing’s for sure: the subjects of this film could not care less about the New York Film Festival lineup.

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