Red Fox/Second Hangin' (Film)

Red Fox/Second Hangin'

  •  Don Baker
  •  1984
  • Color IconColor
  •  60:27
  •  3/4" U-matic video
Film Description
A film version of Roadside Theater’s highly acclaimed play, Red Fox/Second Hangin’ is the story of M.B. “Doc” Taylor, called “the Red Fox.” Taylor was a red-headed, red-bearded, highly popular preacher, doctor, philosopher, mystic, and U.S. Marshall. His execution, the second in the history of Wise County, Virginia, followed that of a local troublemaker, who — like Taylor — had been implicated in murders resulting from a feud that began during the Civil War. The hangings kicked off a law-and-order campaign that Northern speculators considered essential to expanding their coal mining operations in turn-of-the-century Appalachia. Onstage, Roadside Theater actors Gary Slemp, Frankie Taylor, and Don Baker recount this historical tale, adopting different voices and personae, and weaving economic and political tensions into a family saga. The program was recorded before an audience in Carcassonne, Kentucky.

Screenings & Festivals
  • KCET/Los Angeles

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“Red Fox/Second Hangin’ has more to say about the history of rural America than any five history books.” — Theater Times
“Each of the performers is an expert in telling tall tales, melding regional accents, local references, and topical humor … The camera surefootedly tracks the performers’ verbal ballet, never losing the link between them and the audience.” — Video Times
“Intensely local, Red Fox/Second Hangin’ has universal implications — and appeal.” — Pat Aufderheide, In These Times
“A sophisticated, technically daring work.” — University of Nevada-Las Vegas