Project Description

Butch Anthony

In Butch Anthony (working title) Les Blank brings us the life and work of self-taught, visual artist Butch Anthony, who hails from the small town of Seale in Southeastern Alabama. Butch is a rare individual with a unique ability to see the potential in objects that others take for granted. He is considered one of the top naïve artists in Alabama, and, as his artwork is shown in museums around the country, he is becoming a national treasure. Blank’s camera follows Butch to various folk art festivals around the South, visiting the friends and artists who inspired him to create art. Blank also observes Butch’s life in Alabama’s rural landscape. From ‘coon hunting to “calling up” alligators and digging up fossils, Butch Anthony shows us a South not known to many outsiders. This film has been shot but currently awaits editing.

Butch Anthony’s Museum of Wonder

Articles about Butch Anthony:
Ledger-Enquirer article about Butch Anthony
New York Times Article by Penelope Green