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11.24.16: WATCH FULL MOVIE FOR FREE ON YOUTUBE!

Jack Norton’s Jug Band Hokum is now streaming for FREE on YouTube.com. Please like, comment, subscribe and share! Let’s spread the hokum, y’all!!


9.6.16: JUG BAND HOKUM is an Official Selection of the Great Lakes International Film Festival

Jack Norton’s Jug Band Hokum is an Official Selection of the 2016 Great Lakes International Film Festival. Quirky, funny and downright bizarre, the film stars Anne Baggenstoss, Brooklynd Turner, Lil’ Majesty and Amnesia Starr. This highly anticipated documentary follows the eccentric lives of musicians competing to win a broken waffle iron in the 33rd Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands. Please visit Jack’s website: http://www.filmusichaos.com.

Considered among the top 100 most popular film festivals in the world, The Great Lakes International Film Festival will take place the last week each September. From the feature narrative genre to documentary to animation; experimental; horror; Spiritual; “film”, the Great Lakes International Film Festival celebrates the film arts in dynamic transition. As emerging technologies continue to redefine the form, filmmakers from the Great Lakes, across the country and around the world express the common and the diverse through the age-old tradition. The art of the story. Please visit them at http://greatlakesfilmfest.com.

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9.5.16: JUG BAND HOKUM Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available on CDBaby!

Soundtrack copyThe official soundtrack album of songs from and inspired by Jack Norton’s film Jug Band Hokum is now available on CDBaby.com.

Jug Band Hokum is the feature length directorial debut from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton. Quirky, funny and downright bizarre, the film stars Anne Baggenstoss, Brooklynd Turner, Lil’ Majesty and Amnesia Starr. This highly anticipated documentary follows the eccentric lives of musicians competing to win a broken waffle iron in the 33rd Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands.

Artists on this collection include: Jack and Kitty, Dom Flemons, Vince Giordano, Bones Jugs n Harmony, Deep Fried Pickle Project, $how Me Your Jug$, Anne Baggenstoss and Brooklynd Turner of the Yoga Jug Benders, 3 Good Samaritans Jug Band, Primeval, David Frenk, Baby Gramps, Steel City Jug Slammers, Jack Logan, Eddie Danger, Lil Fine Honey and more!

Click here for track listing, audio previews and purchase options!


6.14.16: 3 of 4 stars in The Missoulian!

3 of 4 stars for Jack Norton’s Jug Band Hokum in the Missoulian Newspaper! Hailed as “quirky, funny and downright bizarre” the film screens on June 8 at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana. Read the review here.

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5.28.16: Show Me Your Jugs clip from Jug Band Hokum

Show Me Your Jugs co-founders Lil’ Majesty and Amnesia Starr offer practical business advice in this clip from Jug Band Hokum…


5.26.16: Theatrical run in Utah, plus additional screenings!

Hokum is screening for over two weeks in Ogden UT. Additional screenings in Boulder CO, Duluth MN and Missoula MT. Click here for screening info.

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5.26.16: Cardboard Boyfriend clip from Jug Band Hokum

Get to know Brooklynd (leader of the Yoga Jug Benders) and her cardboard boyfriend Marshall in this clip from Jack Norton’s Jug Band Hokum.


5.20.16: Director Jack Norton talks Jug Band Hokum on KUMD on Wednesday, May 25

Jack Norton – filmmaker will be featured on KUMD 103.3 FM, Duluth’s public radio station on Wednesday, May 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM CST. Be sure to tune in! He’ll be talking about the Jug Band Hokum screening at Duluth Superior Film Festival on June 2 at Teatro Zuccone.

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5.15.16: Spoon Power scene from JUG BAND HOKUM released

Meet Anne “The Spoon Wizard” Baggenstoss (co-leader of the Yoga Jug Benders) in this clip from Jack Norton’s Jug Band Hokum film.


5.8.16: Jug Band Groupies scene from JUG BAND HOKUM released

Do jug band musicians get groupies? Important question. Jug Band Hokum cast members Charlie Parr, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Bones Jugs N Harmony, Baby Gramps, Deep Fried Pickle Project, Josh of the Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands and Eddie Danger share their thoughts in this clip from Jug Band Hokum.


5.2.16: Jug Band Hokum heading to Duluth!

Big news!! Jug Band Hokum is an official selection of the Duluth Superior Film Festival 2016. Along with being an official selection, the film has been placed in competition (along with 6 other features) for the “Lepus Award for Best Film In Competition” which will be determined by 3 jury members. For screening info please visit: http://www.ds-ff.com and http://www.filmusichaos.com.

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5.2.16: Jug Band Hokum heading to The Marché du Film in CANNES, FRANCE

Excited to announce that Jack Norton – filmmaker‘s Jug Band Hokum will be repped by our sales agency at Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. Sales inquiries: jugbandhokum@gmail.com. See you in Cannes!!

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5.1.16: F**K HARRY POTTER scene from Jug Band Hokum released

Get to know AMNESIA STARR and LIL’ MAJESTY of the band $HOW ME YOUR JUG$ in this exclusive clip from Jug Band Hokum (recommended for mature audiences only)…


4.26.16: Interview in New Ulm Journal with director Jack Norton

Nice article about the film originally published here.

Minnesota Film Maker Series debuts at the Grand
Series to showcase the art of cinema
April 26, 2016
By Clay Schuldt – Staff Writer, The Journal

580344_1NEW ULM – The audience at the Grand Center of the Arts will have a chance to see a new documentary film entitled “Jug Band Hokum” on Thursday evening.

The film chronicles the quirky characters that competed in the 33rd Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands.

The Battle of the Jug Bands is a two-day event that takes place every February in Minneapolis. The contest may be the largest jug band competition in the nation, and it brings in bands from across the country. The grand prize is a broken waffle iron called the “Holliwood Waffle Iron” trophy.

“I am a huge music fan, and it’s a great tradition,” said Jack Norton, director of “Jug Band Hokum.”

Norton feels the strangeness associated with the Battle of the Jug Bands is related to cabin fever. “People get a little crazy in Minnesota from the weather, and by February they need to let off steam.”

Norton is from Minnesota, and his decision to create this documentary was rooted in his desire to make a film that felt like his home state. He wanted a film that showed the cold, the snow and the quirky vibe of its people. His hunch was the Battle of the Jug Bands would bring out a collection of eccentric people, and that instinct proved accurate.

Norton shot 1,000 hours of footage for the documentary, which was filmed over a year’s time. That footage needed to be edited down to 90 minutes.
In the end he had to focus on a few members of two bands. One of the bands he followed is a jug band made up of yoga enthusiasts. “They don’t take anything serious except spirituality,” Norton said. The band’s leader believed a victory in the Battle of the Jug Bands was its ticket to success – which is at odds with the competition because the top prize is still a broken waffle iron.

Norton premiered the film last year to positive response. “Most people thought it would be a history on jug bands, but it’s more of an off beat comedy.” The trick for Norton was to avoid directing the people he was filming and let them behave naturally.

Norton is proud to say the final cut of the film features mostly Minnesota-based footage. Although the bands featured in the film are from all over the country, Norton typically began following them after they arrived in the Midwest. Roughly 90 percent of the documentary was filmed in Minnesota. Longtime Minnesota residents will recognize popular locations including Paul Bunyan Park and appearances from Garrison Keillor.

The film is being brought to the Grand by the New Ulm Film Society as part of the Minnesota Filmmaker Series.

The intent of the series is to bring more events and showcase the art of cinema in New Ulm, according to New Ulm Film Society members Jack Beranek and Steve Sherman. Specifically, they wanted to highlight filmmakers working in Minnesota.

“Through this Minnesota Filmmaker series, audiences will be able to see films that were shot in Minnesota and also have the opportunity to talk with the filmmakers and learn about the filmmaking process,” Sherman said.
“It will be something different from a standard night at the movie theater. The Grand is a great venue. Drinks will be available, and having the filmmakers in person showing work that was shot here in Minnesota will be a lot of fun,” said Beranek.

Other upcoming films the Society will bring to the Grand include the thriller “Heart of Wilderness” on May 5, the coming-of-age fantasy “The Unearthing on June 23,” experimental documentary “Sveit” on July 21 and “Sweet Land,” which features Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming and Lois Smith, on Aug. 25.

The screening of “Jug Band Hokum” starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at The Grand. Door open at 6:30 p.m. with admission of $5. Norton will be on hand at the screening to take questions from the audience following the film.

© Copyright 2016 The Journal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


4.19.16: JUG BAND HOKUM screening in BOULDER, CO!

Jug Band Hokum will be screening at The Boedecker Theater’s Friday Night Weird Series on May 27, 2016. A Skype session with director Jack Norton will follow the exclusive one-night-only event!

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3.22.16: JUG BAND HOKUM international release set for JUNE 3, 2016!

Jug Band Hokum will be available everywhere on 6.3.16. Platforms and release info coming soon!

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2.24.16: FLYWAY MINEMA screenings of JUG BAND HOKUM in multiple cities!

Jug Band Hokum will be screening in Red Wing MN, Pepin WI and Alma WI on May 19, 20 and 21 – presented by Flyway Minema. Director Jack Norton will be present for a Q&A after the screenings. Additional guest announcements coming soon.

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2.4.16: MISSOULA screening of JUG BAND HOKUM w/ JN Q&As announced!

Jug Band Hokum will be screening in Missoula, Montana on 6.8.16 – presented by the Roxy Theater. Director Jack Norton will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

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1.31.16 NEWS

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