Our other exciting news is that award-winning documentary filmmaker, John McDonald, has asked The Crooked Jades to provide music for his current feature-length documentary, Call Me Mule. We love the film and are honored to participate in this amazing project.
The project, filmed over a 27-month period, is the story of one man’s struggle to roam freely with his mules, seeking a balance between the man-made world and the natural world. The film raises issues that concern all of us: preserving open space, individual freedom of movement, access to public land, and the system’s treatment of people living outside society’s norms.
Just last week I saw the beautiful film Nomadland, winner of two Golden Globes for best film and best director, Chloé Zhao, and realized one of the nomads, Swankie Wheels, a real life character, also appears in Call Me Mule. Swankie, is one of the growing population of “van dwellers” or “rubber tramps,” is apparently a big Mule fan. She gives him a ‘tour’ of her home/wheels during the film. This clip is from the video diaries of filmmaker John McDonald.
The film is still in post production but we will keep you posted on the release date.