Bill Daniel/Who is Bozo Texino? in upstate NY

From: Dara G (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jun 20 2006 - 13:34:04 PDT

hi - for those of you who might be in the area and not realize it,
Troy is less than an hour drive from Bennington, VT, Williamstown,
MA, Hudson, NY, etc so if you feel like seeing experimental film next
week, stop by.....

Tuesday June 27th
WHO IS BOZO TEXINO? a film by Bill Daniel, filmmaker will be present,
8 pm
with a musical set by Captain Coconut/Ross Goldstein 7:30 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media
3361 6th Ave (at 101st St.)
Troy, NY

Freight rider and van tramp, Bill Daniel is back on
tour screening his 16-years-in-the-making, documentary
film, “Who is Bozo Texino?” --- the secret history of
hobo graffiti. This gritty black and white
documentary—shot entirely on film-- tells the
mostly-factual account of the epic quest and unlikely
discovery of railroading's most mysterious artist.

Who is Bozo Texino?
In 1987 Daniel and his trusty Bolex camera began
hanging out in hobo jungles and riding freights across
the West, looking for clues to the identity of a
strange boxcar graffito. While gathering interviews
and discovering clues to the identities of many of the
most legendary boxcar artists, Daniel discovered a
vast underground folkloric practice that has existed
with little notice for over a century. Today these
drawings live on as a new breed of hobos have taken to
the rails and kept the tradition of “moniker chalking”
alive. This artform provides unlikely common ground
between mostly conservative railworkers and old school
tramps and the kids whose approach includes spray cans
and punk lifestyles.

Since completing the film in June last year, Bill
Daniel and his film “Who is Bozo Texino?” have been on
the road, wowing audiences of punks, geezers, folkies,
foamers and graffiti toughs all over the nasty ol’
usa. The film has screened in the Viennale Film
Festival in Austria, and festivals in Rotterdam,
Buenos Aries, and Slovenia. 80 shows around the world
so far, gonna do a few more.

Also screening:

Britton S. Dakota by Vanessa Renwick, 2004, 7 min.
Depression-era children are hypnotized by the camera
in this re-discovered imagery from 1938. Score by
Johnne Eschleman. Portland-based filmmaker Vanessa
Renwick is Director of Affairs of the Oregon Dept. of
Kick Ass. (

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