Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy

Buba's first feature film is an offbeat amalgam of autobiography, documentary, and fiction; it is the tale of a documentary filmmaker (Buba) hounded by a celebrity-hungry former subject (Sal Carulli) when the filmmaker is offered a Hollywood gig (that's the fantasy part). Sweet Sal, as he is known, turns sour when he thinks that it was he who made Buba the luminary (!) he is today, merely by his commanding presence in an earlier documentary. With their antics set against the town's crumbling landscape and sad steel-town politics, clearly old Sal is a stand-in for Braddock itself, a town too tired to bite back.

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