Alma

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Framed by accusations of incest and overflowing with outrageous family secrets, director Ruth Leitman's Southern Gothic-flavored documentary tells the story of whiskey sippin', country singin' Southern Diva Margie Thorpe, and her lifelong quest to care for her mentally ill mother and alcoholic father. Margie's family isn't exactly a textbook example of stability; her father is a violent alcoholic and her mother Alma is a working class storyteller with the power to weave tragedy into tall tales. Whether the topic ...
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Framed by accusations of incest and overflowing with outrageous family secrets, director Ruth Leitman's Southern Gothic-flavored documentary tells the story of whiskey sippin', country singin' Southern Diva Margie Thorpe, and her lifelong quest to care for her mentally ill mother and alcoholic father. Margie's family isn't exactly a textbook example of stability; her father is a violent alcoholic and her mother Alma is a working class storyteller with the power to weave tragedy into tall tales. Whether the topic is motherhood or mail order sweepstakes, Alma always has something interesting to add to the conversation, and her past is overflowing with romantic stories of bank robbers, murderers, and even Elvis Presley. As stories of a childhood rape slowly come into focus, Alma offers her own unique take on the incident as a daughter's love becomes hopelessly tangled up in secrets and pains from the past.
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Special Features

Director's commentary; Q&A with Ruth Leitman & Margie Thorpe at Indiana University; Photo gallery - Including Production Stills and Travelogue from Film Festivals Worldwide; CNN Feature-American Voices - Alma Premiere
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • UPC: 804879076698
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Cinema Obscura
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alma Thorpe Participant
Margie Thorpe Participant
Jim Thorpe Participant
RuPaul Participant
Hunter Patterson Participant
Larry Tee Participant
Tom Zarilli Participant
The Now Explosion Participant
Technical Credits
Ruth Leitman Director, Editor, Producer
Darcy Bowman Editor
Brendan Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Dixon Score Composer
Bill Fibben Sound/Sound Designer
Connie Hanes Score Composer
Ann Husaini Editor
Mark Petersen Cinematographer
Nancy Segler Co-producer
Margie Thorpe Co-producer
Jason Wells Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Wentworth Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alma
1. Intro [2:07]
2. Her Wish Is My Command [3:57]
3. Dollars a Minute [4:50]
4. Don't Be Took In By Odessa's Daughter [2:21]
5. God Is Lonely/A Holy Man [2:43]
6. The Family [3:48]
7. Years at the Ugly Parlor [2:04]
8. Salt Peter Fantasy World [3:24]
9. Serpent in the Cottonfield [4:27]
10. Electrocutions [3:29]
11. Miss Margie's New Years Eve [5:53]
12. Ecstatic Happiness [3:45]
13. Like Swing Your Partner [4:34]
14. God Father & Holy Ghost [1:54]
15. The Warlock at the Grocery Store [6:13]
16. Holes in My Chest [5:08]
17. Sleeping With a Knife [2:54]
18. Trillion Angels for Margie [3:29]
19. Sadam In Charge of Hell [2:30]
20. Confrontation [4:37]
21. Me and All the Other People [4:01]
22. Breath of the Air People [3:28]
23. Noise, Perjury and the Overhead [3:23]
24. Blood of the Lamb [3:28]
25. You Know I Love You [2:37]
26. Closing Letters [1:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Alma
   Play Movie
   Extras
      Director Commentary
      Q & A - Indiana University
      Alma Premiere - CNN American Voices
      Alma Photo Gallery
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haunting

    This documentary was incredible. It really plays like a fiction film, in that it has a beginning, a middle and an end and the story literally unfolds before your eyes. You have to wonder if Alma, who is deeply mentally ill, even understood that there was a movie being made about her? Or did it just make her feel like a movie star? Definitely a must-see for fans of docs, or even Eudora-Welty-style southern gothic tales.

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