The story of how a gang of poets and musicians turned a pile of puppets into an international touring "vaudeville" show.
In 1996 young writer Eddy Joe Cotton (Zebu Recchia) traveled from Colorado to San Francisco on a freight train looking for his next adventure. He found it in filmmaker Flecher Fleudujon and poet Miguel Strong. With the tech crunch still over the horizon the San Francisco underground was thriving. Their friendship blossomed out of cruising the streets in an old Ford Galaxie 500 and making short films of whatever life offered. While driving to Oregon they unexpectedly formed a jug band, which would evolve into an internationally touring "vaudeville" show. This is a bohemian journey that examines the lifestyle that inspires the art and the struggle between friends trying to manifest a collaborative vision. With appearances by Ken Kesey, Michael Franti, Bassnectar, Speed Levitch and members of Beats Antique.
Directed and Filmed by Flecher Fluedujon
Produced, Written and Narrated by Zebu Recchia
“Eerily authentic vaudeville – and eerie is just the way we like our dusty Americana.” Washington Post
“A wonderful acid trip without the comedown!” High Times
“If the Hell’s Angels had a cabaret chapter, the Yard Dogs Road Show would be it." Alarm Magazine
“The Yard Dogs Road Show is medicine for the ages." Boston Globe
“Cabaret and burlesque may have found a chic revival of late, but the Yard Dogs Road Show built this particular bandwagon… one of the most unabashedly sincere and spectacular displays of showmanship out there.” Flavorpill NYC
The film is not available online or DVD. The only way to see it (as of now) is at a screening. Our plan is to keep traveling with it, so hopefully we’ll be coming soon to a town near you. Please join our mailing list for updates on future screenings and online release.