2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story

Saturday, March 14
2:00PM - 3:42PM


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
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 18min

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.

Public Film Contact
Ben Steinbauer
The Bear
(512) 660-5540

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Ben Steinbauer



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