Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (DVD)

 

**Note: Lightning Over Braddock will no longer be sold directly through Braddock Films but will be available soon through Kino Lorber. Stay tuned!

 

Like Buba’s earlier short films, Lightning chronicles the decline of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a hard-luck town which once flourished as “Pittsburgh’s shopping center.”

 

It concerns a director (Tony Buba, playing himself) trying, without much success, to make a movie with a crazy street hustler named Sal, who considers himself responsible for Buba’s (modest) success. Like Errol Morris, Buba has a fascination with the idiosyncratic details of daily life, and uses his formidable sense of humor to document the decay of industrial America.

 

“A triumph of pragmatic populism with a cast of union organizers, street hustlers, and Buba himself, [it] should be required viewing at every Sundance seminar; this ‘rustbowl fantasy’ is one of the few regional movies to successfully and unsentimentally peel off the national smile button.” –J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

 

**Note: Lightning Over Braddock will no longer be sold directly through Braddock Films but will be available soon through Kino Lorber. Stay tuned!

 

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DVD: 1988; 80 minutes; 16mm