Late last night a friend posted a link on Facebook to Sean Dunne
's American Juggalo
, a 23-minute Vimeo documentary released last year about the infamous Gathering of the Juggalos
festival in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. Having already seen it once, I watched it again, of course, and then decided to plug through the rest of the Brooklyn-based filmmaker's Vimeo-only documentaries. Unlike American Juggalo
—which is tasked with examining both a polarizing subculture and annual phenomenon—most of Dunne's films are short, practically trailer-length profiles of idiosyncratic characters. The Bowler
, for instance, is about the hyper and slightly tweaked bowling hustler, Rocky Salmano, and The Archive
focuses on Paul Mawhinney and his record collection, which, at the time, was the world's largest and on sale for three million dollars.
Quite possibly my favorite of Dunne's documentaries is Man in Van. It details the simple life and times of Jimmy Tarangelo and his four dogs, who at the point of filming were living in a van parked on the side of a street in Manhattan. The doc is a low-key, amiable hangout between Dunne and his subject. It doesn't have an agenda or appear to want one. What makes it endearing is listening to the mild-mannered (and perfectly sane) Tarangelo riff on his typical day-to-day, his former marriage and former house in Staten Island, and why he chose to live on wheels and, according to him, long for nothing. Six minutes well spent, for sure.
Man In Van from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.