Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story
Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:42PM
Topfer Theatre at ZACH
202 South Lamar Blvd
In the early 1980s, before the Jerky Boys brought prank phone calls to a mainstream audience, a group of Oklahoma teenagers were conducting strange backwoods experiments with their landline telephone. These underground prank calls gained infamy, and became known as Park Grubbs, garnering such fans as The Flaming Lips, Daniel Clowes (Ghostworld, Art School Confidential), and Peter Bagge (Hate). Directed by two Okie filmmakers, Bradley Beesley and Ben Steinbauer, and featuring interviews with both the pranksters and the pranked, the legendary Park Grubbs prank calls come to life in this one-of a-kind documentary.
Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Director: Bradley Beesley, Ben Steinbauer
Executive Producer: Berndt Mader
Producer: Tyson Meade, Bradley Beesley, Ben Steinbauer
Cinematographer: Bradley Beesley
Editor: Ron Pippin, Mike Melendi
Sound Designer: Corey Roberts
Music: Steven Drozd and Tyson Meade
Bradley Beesley has directed 8 feature-length films, including Hill Stomp Hollar (SXSW), Okie Noodling (PBS), Summercamp! (Sundance), The Creek Runs Red and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (HBO).
Ben Steinbauer has directed 1 feature documentary, Winnebago Man (SXSW) and numerous short films, commercials and music videos.
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