Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Release April 7, 2005 (Limited)
Cast Jim White
Director Andrew Douglas
Writer Steve Haisman
Genres Documentary
Studio Shadow Entertainment
Length 82 mins.


In this magnificent cinematic film, the acclaimed Alternative Country artist Jim White takes us on an entrancing journey into the heart of the culture of the southern USA, a culture too poor and marginalized to register as important yet extraordinarily rich in creative spirit.

In the classic road movie genre, Jim in his battered old car – complete with a concrete Jesus statue bought from a wrecker's junkyard – probes the 'Ulan Bator' of America, as he calls it, from the backwater swamps to the backwood mountains, searching for the wellspring of the culture of the South, bringing viewers along for the ride.

This journey is a chain of Southern Stories, each told in various forms and filmed on location. It features live performances by White and other stars of the new Alternative Country scene, including The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, David Johansen, 16 Horsepower, and mesmerizing Southern preachers as well as funny, gritty, profound stories from celebrated Southern writer Harry Crews.

Jim White's own story threads through the film, tracing his search for the meaning of faith in the modern world in the haunting atmosphere of the South: still a remarkably fertile territory for an artist. Or as Jim White puts it, he's "looking for the gold tooth in God's crooked smile."

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