Homemade Hillbilly Jam (T/F 2006) by Rick Minnich

Posted December 20, 2011

Available from Hulu.

Set against the magnificent landscape of the Missouri Ozarks, Rick Minnich’s film follows one beautiful day in the life of Big Smith, a band that creates music true to its roots — and always brings the house down. In Homemade, these neo-hillbillies guide us musically through their rich cultural legacy. We see them mixing old-time religion with hippie stylings as they play at family gatherings and spontaneous jam sessions. Minnich depicts religion, family and the Ozarks in the least hokey way imaginable, offering a portrait of the devout that’s authentic and convincing. Best of all, Homemade introduces us to Mark Bilyieu, Big Smith’s unpretentious, rootsy and soon-to-be-legendary singer-songwriter.