Beloved humorist and celebrated author Roy Blount, Jr. takes us on an offbeat journey down the Mississippi River in this poignant and amusing travelogue along the great river that Mark Twain immortalized over a century ago. Blount is our natural choice for river guide as he brings his own unique brand of wit and wisdom to capture the many eccentricities of contemporary American life.
In the affectionately irreverent spirit of Roger Weisberg’s previous film, Road Scholar, Blount introduces a cast of unforgettable characters along this great liquid divide — the literal main stream of America. From a gay Newlywed game at Minnesota’s Mall of America to a rodeo at America’s toughest prison in Angola, Louisiana, Blount boldly throws himself into each new encounter. Following a heated stone-skipping contest with renowned humorist and storyteller Garrison Keillor, we meed a French chef who touts swamp rats as a culinary delicacy, an award-winning newspaper editor serving a life sentence for murder, the founder and curator of the “Elvis is Alive” museum, and dozens of other truly unique personalities who champion beliefs and lifestyles that fall outside of mainstream culture. A true celebration of diversity, eccentricity, and the freedom of expression, Blount ultimately discovers that America is not nearly as homogeneous as he previously had feared.
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