Seldom acknowledged by mainstream society, fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP)--known as Juggalos--have grown into a cultural movement that's difficult to ignore. "American Juggalo," the new documentary by Brooklyn-based director Sean Dunne, chronicles the movement's crowning event, a four-day music festival known as the Gathering of the Juggalos. The festival features acts signed to ICP's own Psychopathic Records, as well as more prominent artists, such as Funkadelic, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and 2011 host Charlie Sheen.
The portrait Dunne paints is one of a broken family, 20,000 strong, coming together through fierce loyalty and a love of horrorcore, a hip-hop subgenre that features grotesque, violent lyrics. The Juggalos also come together through a shared love of partying; the film depicts an eccentric fan base with "good times" coursing through its veins.
Some characters are portrayed as tragic, such as the woman who is six months pregnant, smoking a cigarette and proclaiming how nothing will stop her from celebrating with her Juggalo brethren; however, the film is quick to shift focus to show the wide range of attendees. There are fans that don't partake in drugs or alcohol and hold nine-to-five jobs, while others seem to merely wait around all year for the next Gathering. Despite what the public perception may be, the underlying theme of Dunne's film is the undying love between Juggalos and Juggalettes, regardless of background. You can view the fascinating film below and see the official website here.
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