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Small Town Gay Bar (Documentary)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: B-†††† Film: B-



In wondering when Kevin Smith was going to take the next step forward in feature releases, he decided to back Malcolm Ingramís documentary Small Town Gay Bar (2006) about a bar called Rumors literally in the middle of nowhere, better know as The Bible Belt.It turns out to be an oasis for gays and lesbians in the middle of an ideological desert of hate, ignorance and boredom.This documentary covers its rise, fall and rebirth as a more lesbian establishment.


In between, it makes the bar almost a character in the story (the title of the piece after all) and becomes a microcosm examination of repressive, regressive living and thinking in the Bush II Era as well as why that era cannot come to a close soon enough.It is more entertaining and interesting than expected and the non-Gay thing that works is the theme of privacy and personal freedom, which has never been under greater attack in maybe the entire history of the U.S. as this mom-and-pop institution somehow avoids being crushed.It also tells yet another tale of a young gay man conned, trapped, tortured and killed for no good reason because of hateful reactions to the barís very existence and the climate of hate that returned in the 1980s.


A few years from now, Small Town Gay Bar will be a record of the end of an era where hate hits a permanent drought and often because of the resilience of a small number of people, no matter who they are, what they do, believe, represent or what kind of legal business they run.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image was shot on low-def digital video of some kind and has detail issues, limited depth and is soft overall.The Dolby 2.0 Stereo is better, but has variation from the location taping.Both are edited well considering the low budget.Extras include deleted scenes, an introduction, five featurettes and directorís audio commentary.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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