Director(s): Emily MacKenzie & Noah Collier
Film description: In Dalton, GA, the “Carpet Capital of the World,” we find the unsung creators behind the psychedelic carpets lining casinos, offices, and hotel hallways. These visionaries are shaping the ground beneath our feet.
Programmers notes: In Dalton, Georgia, the “Carpet Capital of the World,” we meet the unsung creators behind the psychedelic carpets lining casinos, offices, and hotel hallways. Chief among these textile honchos is Roderick James, a Scottish expat with a self-styled outlaw-country manner—and countless schemes to grab himself a larger share of the American dream. Brimming with stranger-than-fiction characters, CARPET COWBOYS delivers rich documentary portraiture and bursts of outrageous humor in the tradition of American Movie, Hands on a Hardbody, and Winnebago Man. Executive produced by John Wilson (HBO’s How To with John Wilson) and produced by MEMORY, the team that brought us such major Baltimore works as Rat Film, Crestone, and All Light, Everywhere. Get ready to be the first audience anywhere to see this colorful documentary people will be talking about for years to come. World Premiere.