In this DVD, Bindlestiff recounts its history, presening an astonishing extravaganza of highlights from its first decade of performances. From the seedy underbelly of the underground performance scene of the Naughty Aughts…from touring the punk rock clubs of the United States to operating Times Square’s Last Dime Museum and Vaudeville House…from bawdy burlesque to wholesome family shows…it is all captured here. Produced by Alan Plotkin
This documentary, based on the Shocked and Amazed book series, is filmmaker Jeff Krulik’s effort to preserve sideshow history, paying tribute to the great performers and human oddities of past and present – including the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus! One hour, VHS.
Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson live their lives without a net. Literally.13 years ago, when they created the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, they dedicated themselves to an art form and a life-style which is not for the faint of heart. Their dream is always on the verge of bankruptcy because it costs $75,000 a month to keep their show on the road and every day they risk their lives to amaze and entertain.Their show is one of the very last touring vaudeville shows in America: combining traditional circus acts like trapeze and clowns with sideshow elements like sword-swallowing, fire-eating and burlesque dancing. They work without at tent, cramming into a van with 6 of their best friends, they move from city to city every day performing in punk-rock dives, beautiful old theaters, and massive outdoor festivals. With audacity, toughness and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor this tattooed couple are the glue which holds the Cirkus together as they bushwhack through the cultural wilderness of America. This show is not about what happens on-stage but a behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to live one unique American dream.