Alt-country musician Jim White takes a documentary tour of the churches, prisons, coalmines, truckstops, juke joints, swamps, and mountains of the American South in Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, which features appearances from various musicians and from writer Harry Crews.
The film came about after director Andrew Douglas heard one of White’s albums, Wrong-Eyed Jesus, and decided he wanted to capture “the world that generated that kind of music – increasingly Christ-haunted, with a church on every street corner. On a Saturday night you decide whether to go to the bar, then on Sunday you go and seek redemption in the church.”
If you dig around on the Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus site, you can hear Harry Crews talking about storytelling in the “hookworm and ricketts belt” of Georgia, where he grew up. “Stories were everything, and everything was stories,” he says. “Everybody told stories. It was a way of saying who they were in the world.”