Uncertain

Written by David Strege

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Directed by  Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands also partnered by Milwaukee Movie Talk,s Chris House and Stephen Milek this year for the festival.

‘Uncertain’ Documentary Follows Three Men in East Texas Town of Same Nameby Chase Colston June 10, 2015 4:19 PM

If you’re from East Texas or  filming their documentary, ‘Uncertain,’ which follows three men in Uncertain and their journeys through life while the town faces a crisis on Caddo Lake.

‘Uncertain’ is a southern gothic tale set on the Texas/Louisiana border in a town called Uncertain, population 94. The town sits on the edge of a vast, swampy lake that is being choked to death by an aquatic weed, upsetting the natural balance and the town’s only source of livelihood. As the town struggles to survive, three men each battle their demons. Wayne, an ex-convict who becomes obsessed with killing Mr. Ed, a gigantic boar he hunts as part of his quest to stay sober. Zach, a young diabetic with big ideas but few prospects, is struggling with alcohol and fighting the cycle of poverty for a bigger life. Henry, an aging fisherman reluctantly letting go of his youthful ways, reflecting on a long life, and making peace with one fateful moment thirty years ago.

Within their stories lies humor in the peculiarities and absurdities of life (including a UFO abduction), and the rhythms of a small American town so tucked away “you’ve got to be lost to find it.”

The movie premiered at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival in April and is still being shown at film festivals around the world. Newsweek has already named ‘Uncertain’ as one of the best documentaries of 2015.

According to the movie’s Facebook page, the creators are hoping for distribution at other theaters and through physical copies later this year. They are also planning a showing in Uncertain as a fundraiser for the community and Caddo Lake.

Now I on a personal note was hemming and hawing at whether to like the film or not since documentaries are not my strong suit it’s rather hard for me to get interested in someone just explaining things to me but I enjoyed the hunt of the boar, the young man’s struggles and humor of his youngness, the older African American mud fisherman and his family that wouldn’t except his way of life all seemed to have one story that put them in the crimelight so to speak it had its humor most definitely.

 A keen observation of a sun-dappled and still-watered swamp, Uncertaincontemplates a frequently overlooked and enigmatic town whose lake, and only real source of income, comes under threat from an aquatic nuisance of the botanical variety. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a site so-named, there is a lack of consensus about the Texas town’s origin: whether the result of a surveyor’s confusion when marking an early map, or steamboat captains’ belief that docking there was an unknowable, impossible task, an auspicious beginning is offered for the unsettled and yearning inhabitants.

With beautiful, vivid imagery and a haunting mood, this observational documentary presents the particulars of the town as seen through the eyes of residents that include a fishing guide with a thick, southern drawl and a dangerous past; a former addict with a vendetta against a local wild boar; and a young man decrying small town decay, but ultimately trapped by it. Uncertain offers a nuanced look at a quirky town and its residents during tumultuous Change.

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