We Always Lie to Strangers / Part of Tucson Film and Music Festival 2013


We Always Lie to Strangers is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, a remote Ozark Mountain town that is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the United States. Here, millions from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to this unlikely Broadway of the Heartland for a return to “old fashioned, traditional values” and the family-style entertainment of Branson’s 100+ staged music shows, many of which feature families performing together. As Branson faces economic uncertainty and changes in attitudes on social issues which challenge the livelihood of its citizens, and well as its identity as a traditional Ozark town, the interwoven sagas of these performing families (including a gay father struggling to be honest while protecting his sons, a single mother navigating a demanding performance schedule to make a precarious living, a mayor doing everything she can to keep her town from falling into insolvency, etc.) form a compelling, richly-detailed composite both of Branson and of contemporary America. From directors AJ Schnack (Kurt Cobain: About a Son) and David Wilson (Big Birding Day). (Dirs. AJ Schnack & David Boone Wilson, 2013, USA, 109 mins., Not Rated) Digital