World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

Article Id: WHEBN0024517596
Reproduction Date:

Title: The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Boone County, West Virginia, Jesco White, Dopethrone, Roger Alan Wade, Johnny Knoxville
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
File:The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia poster.jpg
Directed by Julien Nitzberg
Produced by Katie Doering
Paige Hess-Hill
Johnny Knoxville
Julien Nitzberg
Priya Swaminathan
Storm Taylor
Jeff Tremaine
Jeffrey Yapp
Starring Jesco White
Music by Deke Dickerson
Hank Williams III
Editing by Ben Daughtrey
Studio Dickhouse Productions
MTV Studios
Distributed by Tribeca Film
Release date(s)
Running time 88 minutes
Language English

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia is a 2009 documentary film directed by Julien Nitzberg, chronicling the White Family of Boone County, West Virginia.

The Whites

The film follows the White family for one year with first person interviews. The film mentions the details of the death of Donald Ray "D. Ray" White, the patriarch of the family. It also mentions D. Ray White's rise to stardom as one of the most famous mountain dancers of his time. Bertie Mae White, D. Ray's widow, is also featured; her illness is documented throughout the course of the film. Six of D. Ray and Bertie's thirteen children are featured in the film.[1]

D. Ray and Bertie's Children

  • Jesco White – son of D. Ray and Bertie; a well-known mountain dancer, he was previously the subject of the documentary film The Dancing Outlaw.
  • Mamie White – oldest daughter of D. Ray and Bertie; girlfriend of Billy Hastings; she introduces the family at the start of the film. Mamie tells the story of her brother Dorsey White, who was shot in the face during a dispute with neighbors and lost an eye. He later died of an unintentional self-inflicted gunshot wound.[2] Mamie's boyfriend Billy Hastings is not related to the Whites, but he is a central figure in the family's past and present. His involvement in a dispute led to the shooting death of D. Ray White by Steve Roe.[3] His altercation with Brandon Poe is described in detail in the film.
  • Bo White – daughter of D. Ray and Bertie; mother of Kirk White and Derek Castle.
  • Poney White – the only one of D. Ray and Bertie's children to leave Boone County. He moved to Minneapolis and is a house painter.[4] Poney states he felt he needed to leave West Virginia to improve his life.
  • Sue Bob White – the youngest of D. Ray and Bertie's children; she is the mother of Brandon and Ashley Poe. (According to the website, Sue Bob was arrested shortly after filming ended, and has been in jail ever since.)[5]

Grandchildren/Cousins

  • Kirk White – daughter of Bo White; and sisters of Derek Castle. Kirk's children, Monica and Tylor, are featured in the film. She gives birth to a child during the film, and the child is taken away by Child Protective Services. Kirk checks herself into an alcohol and drug rehab facility in order to regain custody.
  • Derek Castle – son of Bo White; brother of Kirk White.
  • Brandon Poe – son of Sue Bob White; he is sentenced to 50 years in prison for the attempted murder of Billy Hastings.
  • Mousie White – eldest daughter of Mamie White; she is shown being released from prison.
  • Terri Lynn White – only daughter of Carly White; shown doing jello shooters at the courthouse. She's the tallest of the White clan.

Comments by other Locals

A group of local professionals in Boone County speak of the Whites, acting as a Greek chorus. Most of them criticize the Whites and their negative influence on the community.

Reception

The film received mixed-to-positive reviews, garnering a 63% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

See also

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.