*Online Premiere* America through the eyes of Norwegian filmmakers, this traveling documentary captures an often unseen angle of the United States. Following a group of lost souls around the country, it’s a dark representation of working class Americans who are searching or poor, or both.
The stories don’t directly interact, but are pasted together with enough connective tissue to keep it cohesive. The idea is to follow one character until they cross paths with a new one, and then pivot, tracking where they naturally go, whether it be a cynical truck driver, or a homeless teen hippie in California with her stoic boyfriend living on the beach.
Conceptually nothing new, the execution is what sets it apart — what the filmmakers capture is remarkable and sometimes terrifying. The darkest thread concerns a group of Southern Louisiana poor folks, proudly so, who shoot raccoons from their pick up truck, and slaughter pigs for show. The leader of the group has a perpetual maniacal laugh straight from a dystopian nightmare. There’s something nightmarish about the entire film depicting a desperate underbelly of our country that finds their kicks whatever way they can, regardless of uncertain futures. *Viewer Warning: this film contains graphic scenes of violence against animals.* (30 minutes) Directed by Trond Kvig Andreassen. Cinematography by Audun Fjeldheim.