Directed by Steven R. Hulburt, Flournoy Holmes 

Dreadheads: Portrait of a Subculture

The "dreadhead" subculture sprang up from the Deadheads who followed the Grateful Dead around the country and now follow such offspring jam bands as Phish, Widespread Panic and the Bob Weir Band. The Dreadheads dreadlock their hair, smoke prodigious amounts of ganja and scrounge out a living following bands on their concert tours, selling T-shirts and trinkets in the parking lot. Atlanta's Steven R. Hulburt and Flournoy Holmes (the artist who designed the famed Eat A Peach album cover for the Allman Brothers Band) immersed themselves in the Dreadhead world for this 77-minute documentary. The straight world generally considers them losers and misfits; interviewees talk about the prejudice and discrimination they face, particularly from police. But the Dreadheads -- proudly showing off their dreads and tie-dyes -- talk about themselves as the last of the true bohemians, free of society's restraints and living their lives by following the music they love. Included are interviews with Weir, plus John Bell, Dave Schools and Jimmy Herring of Widespread Panic. Hulbert's band, Spunhuny, provides most of the trippy soundtrack. 3 stars

Dreadheads screens at Garden Hills Cinema Thurs., Sept. 14.


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