WINNEBAGO MAN (2010)
Directed by Ben Steinbauer
Type "The Angriest Man in the World" into any search engine, and one name appears—Jack Rebney, a.k.a. "The Winnebago Man”—an ‘80s RV salesman whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding into an Internet phenomenon seen by millions. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer goes in search of the infamous viral video star and discovers him living a hermit-like existence on top of a mountain, unaware of his fame. Rebney turns out to be as sharp-tongued as ever, but more intelligent and lovable than anyone could have imagined. An outrageously funny and unexpectedly redemptive tale of one man’s response to unintended celebrity, and proof that the truth is both stranger and funnier than fiction.
WINNEBAGO MAN was theatrically released nationwide by Kino International (U.S.) and by Kinosmith (Canada). The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2009. The documentary has been broadcast in more than a dozen countries internationally, including EPIX HD (US), The Movie Network (Canada), and BBC Storyville (UK).
About the Original "Winnebago Man" Outtakes Video
Following a two-week shoot in August 1988 for a Winnebago sales ad, a 4-minute outtakes reel surfaced and eventually came to be known as "Winnebago Man." While the finished sales ad was sent to Winnebago dealers to promote the 1989 Itasca Sunflyer motorhome, copies of the "Winnebago Man" outtakes were being passed amongst the crew and their friends on VHS tape. Eventually the video fell in the hands of videotape collectors, who began copying and trading it, sparking an underground phenomenon that turned Jack Rebney into a cult hero. When the online video revolution took off on YouTube and other websites, Jack Rebney became one of the first viral video superstars.
Today, the "Winnebago Man" clip has been seen by tens of millions of people worldwide and it continues to attract new fans, including a notable following in Hollywood. Jack Rebney has been quoted in movies and on TV by everyone from Ryan Gosling ("Crazy Stupid Love") to Ben Affleck to Alec Baldwin to SpongeBob SquarePants. There’s even a painting of Jack Rebney – as Shrek – that hangs in offices of Dreamworks Animation. Most recently, the Winnebago Man has shown up in the 2013 Super Bowl campaign for Volkswagen.
BEN STEINBAUER (Director, Writer, Producer) is making his feature directing debut with "Winnebago Man." He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award for filmmaking. Steinbauer's short films have played at South by Southwest and aired on PBS. He teaches film at the University of Texas, Austin, and is the co-founder of the commercial production company The Bear.
MALCOLM PULLINGER (Writer, Editor, Producer) is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in San Francisco. He produced and edited the documentary "Following Sean", which was theatrically released worldwide in 2006 and was nominated for a Gotham Award. His work includes the PBS doc "The Key of G" and collaborations with Wholphin and DJ Shadow.
JOEL HELLER (Producer, Additional Writer, Additional Photography) is an award-winning media producer, writer, editor, and marketing consultant. His producing credits include "The Primetime Emmy Awards Online" and Random House's "Must-See Movies Video Renter's Companion." He was the associate editor of the Fox Searchlight comedy "The Ringer" and has worked in the cutting rooms of Jim Jarmusch, Alan Pakula, Martin Scorsese, Ed Zwick, Frank Oz, and John Waters.
JAMES PAYNE/FIELDGUIDE MEDIA (Production Company) has worked on acclaimed documentaries including "Hill Stomp Hollar," "The Fearless Freaks" and "Okie Noodling", which he also wrote and produced. And he co-directed "The Creek Runs Red." Payne is the co-founder of FieldGuide Media.
BRADLEY BEESLEY (Cinematographer) is a critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker based in Austin. His films include "Okie Noodling", "Summercamp!", "The Creek Runs Red", "Hill Stomp Holler", and "The Fearless Freaks", a documentary about the Flaming Lips.
BERNDT MADER (Cinematographer) has directed and photographed 11 films, including "Road to Tlacotepec" that won the Audience Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival. In addition to his film work, Mader is co-founder of the commercial production house The Bear.
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