"This Brilliant documentary profiles Bob "Daddy-O" Wade and his many surrealistic encounters across the Lone Star State." - The Austin Chronicle

"Too High, Too Wide and Too Long, A Texas Style Road Trip" is a documentary about the Texas artist and legend Bob "Daddy-O" Wade. Following the artist on his book tour around Texas with a '56 airstream trailer made into an iguana by Wade, we encountered Texans of all kinds in different places and situations. From city book stores to a folk art celebration in Waxahachie to elementary schools and children's museums the Iguana Mobile sparked reactions everywhere we went. This documentary's focus is on Bob Wade as a public artist who has impacted the art world and Texas by creating the extraordinary from everyday objects, and thereby making art accessible to everyone.

Although he has worked all over the states and the world, Bob is first and foremost a Texan. Wade's colorful past includes the Armadillo days in Austin and a range of characters including Kinky Friedman, The Texas Kid, and Carl Cornelius of Carl's Corner, Texas. As a former El Pasoan, he uses border kitsch as inspiration for his art; as a Texan he often makes it bigger than life. Respected in the art community and represented across the United States in major galleries and museums, Bob Wade is best known in Texas for outrageous installations such as 40' high Cowboy Boots in San Antonio, 8' high frogs allegedly dancing the Tango as well as his trademark use of 1930's photographs of cowgirls.

Integral to the documentary is the often public and collaborative process by which Bob creates, and his enthusiasm and productivity that inspires artists and non-artists alike. The documentary brings Bob's work and his rambunctious personality to a greater audience, creating new fans and offering current admirers greater insight into his life and work.

The diversity of children and adults we documented along the way paints a brilliant picture of Texas' population making this film interesting as well as inspiring to a wide audience.


Working with various video formats and 16mm film, the documentary is a mixture of media using archival material and original photography to portray the art and Bob Wade in an unusual and compelling way.

These images along with the views of Bob and various friends, patrons and other artists, make "Too High, Too Wide and Too Long" a funny, inspiring study of Texas and public art as well as a biographical journey across Texas with the artist himself.


SXSW Film Festival
Dallas Video Festival
Houston Worldfest - Silver Award Arts/Cultural
Savannah Film and Video Festival
Northampton Film Festival
Alwaysi.com Film Festival
Fort Worth Film Festival
Sante Fe Film Festival

 



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Austin Chronicle

Alamo Drafthouse notice

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Lonestar outtakes/Dallas

 

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The Austin Film Society
The Texas Commission on the Arts
The Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund
The City of Austin Cultural Contracts Department
Many wonderful friends and family members



"Casting my Lasso" Written by Al Dean Callaway Performed by Don Walser

"Empty Hands" Written and Performed by Ana Egge

"Longhorn Suburban" Written and performed by Dale Watson "Hill Country Waltz" Written by Don Walser, at Baughman Performed by Don Walser

"I Gotta Get Home to My Baby" Written and Performed by Dale Watson

"Cadillac Cowboy" Written By Chuck Pyle Performed by Jerry Jeff Walker

"I Don't Care What it is You Did when You Lived in Fort Worth" Written and Performed by Cornell Hurd

"Malaquena" PD/Performed by Mariachi Estrella

"Big Wheels Keep Rollin" Written and Performed by Dale Watson

"Still is Still Moving to Me" Written and Performed by Willie Nelson

"Adam Blues" Written and Performed by Tony Campise

"It Looks Up" Written and Performed by Al Dean Callaway

"Patonia" PD/Performed by Alvin Crow

 
"A tour across the different colors and cultures that inspire his art world."
- SXSW Film Festival

"Highly interesting . . . compelling . . . It's truly an interesting look at this subject
with a decidedly Texas Edge to it."
- www. Filethirteen.com

"Energy and creativity and lots of Texas"
- KXAN-TV

 

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