Red, White & Wasted
A film by Sam B. Jones & Andrei B. Schwartz
Beer, bikinis and big-ass trucks. Take a deep dive into the wild and crazy subculture of Central Florida mudders, where monster-wheeled vehicles rampage through the swamps, cheered on by ever-more intoxicated enthusiasts. But nothing lasts forever. When his beloved mudding site is shut down by a fire, Matthew “Video Pat” Burns is thrown into a crisis, his way of life seemingly under threat from every direction – a struggle made even more complex by the unceasing demands of being a single father to two teenaged daughters. Filmmakers Schwartz and Jones offer a non-judgmental look at aspects of southern life that will be disturbing to many, yet represent a distinctly Floridian extreme that one man, at least, strives to come to terms with.
Mudding: it’s just something people do in Florida. You get your friends, your beer, and your truck, and you drive through the mud until you can’t see the paint. If you know where to look, you can find people mudding everywhere in Florida – even right behind SeaWorld. Swamp Ghost is the last real mudhole in Orlando, and that’s where we meet “Video Pat.” Pat has devoted his life to filming trucks at the mudhole and practically raised his daughters Krista and Jessi out there. But when Swamp Ghost goes up in flames, Pat loses everything. There’s nowhere left to go.
Directed by: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz, Sam B. Jones
Producer: Noah Lang
Editors: Barry Poltermann, Michael T. Vollmann
Music Composer: The Blair Brothers
About the Filmmakers
Andrei Bowden-Schwartz and Sam B. Jones are filmmakers and cinematographers based in Brooklyn. Under the directing duo moniker Kidshow they have directed numerous music videos and short form content including acclaimed videos for Le1f, Crystal Caines, A$AP Ferg, and more. Red, White & Wasted is their directorial debut.
Andrei Bowden Schwartz is a cinematographer hailing from Brooklyn, NY. He made his start in film as an assistant over summer break in high school and began shooting soon after graduating from Wesleyan University. He is currently shooting Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s POSE for FX.
Schwartz’s work has premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and Sundance. His credits as DP include Wakefield, starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner; The Polka King, starring Jack Black, Jenny Slate and Jason Schwartzman; and Active Adults, starring Lola Kirke, Dominic Chianese and Rosie Perez. As a director, he is behind the upcoming documentary Red, White & Wasted, an unapologetic immersion into Florida’s redneck mudding culture and its implications in Trump’s America, which will make its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019.
Sam B. Jones is a filmmaker born in Panama and raised in Washington DC and Seattle. Sam studied photography and film at Wesleyan University before moving to New York City, where he works as a director and cinematographer.
Sam’s directing career began 2012 when he directed Le1f’s breakout hit WUT which went viral, garnering millions of views online and playing in exhibitions at MOCA and the Whitney Museum. Sam has since directed numerous videos for cutting-edge young artists like Yung Jake, Danny Brown, and DonChristian. As a DP, he’s shot commercial work for clients such as Adidas, Vogue, and GE.
In addition to RED, WHITE & WASTED, Sam continues to direct commercial projects for clients such as Reebok, Avon, and Park Hyatt and is developing his own narrative feature film projects.