The Feechie Film Festival, 2010

What is the Feechie Film Festival? In short, the Feechie Film Festival is grass-roots cryptoanthropology: of the people, for the people, by the people. The assignment is simple: get in front of a video camera and tell the world (in a minute or less) whether or not your believe in feechies–and why. Post the video to YouTube, and send me the link (you can either send me an email in the ‘Contact Me’ box on the right, or comment on this page below).

For too long we’ve let the so-called “authorities” tell us what to believe about feechiefolk.* The Feechie Film Festival gives the people a voice.

Through this project things have been revealed that even I didn’t know about feechies. They hate banjo music. They can’t tolerate Dr. Pepper. They leave coconuts in people’s laundry baskets.

* Editor’s note: I actually am an authority on feechiefolk. It’s okay if you believe what I tell you about them.

The Feechie Film Festival kicks off with the flagship film, “What Is a Feechie?”

Musicians Randall Goodgame and Andrew Osenga are frequent collaborators, but when it comes to feechiefolk, they’re coming from very different places.

Aaron Roughton has earned the reputation of the cleverest commenter on the Rabbit Room. As it turns out, he is also a gifted documentarian, as the next two films attest:

Sally Apokedak forwarded this clip of Sarah Palin discussing feechies with Larry King–evidence that feechies are more mainstream than even I had realized:

Only one feechie film so far has involved gunplay. That film, as you may have guessed already, was produced by banjo genius Ron Block:

Pete Peterson, author of The Fiddler’s Gun and the forthcoming The Fiddler’s Green, reveals a shocking family secret in this film:

I’ve been amazed at the number of people who have come up to me since this project started and said, “I have a story I need to tell.” When I was with my film crew at Midtown Fellowship in Nashville, Heather Karls, who works in the office there, pulled us aside and asked to tell her story.

A number of participants in this film festival have associated feechies with thievery. S.D. “Sam” Smith tells his story:

Russ Ramsey had a somewhat similar experience:

Eric Peters’ quick thinking in the Atchafalaya Spillway may have saved his father-in-law’s life from a rogue feechie.

Matt Conner is a pastor and writer in Indianapolis. His pastoral heart is revealed in this short sermon on one of the great issues of our time:

Rabbit Room contributor Curt McLey had a hard time keeping his emotions in check when he went public about his feechie encounter:

The Feechie Film Festival reaches a conclusion and a crescendo with three shorts made my very own offspring–my three eldest. In the first, Heyward leaves room for us to doubt his intentions when it comes to feechie talk:

Until the Feechie Film Festival, even I never knew about Henry’s trouble with feechies on my yacht, of all places.

And finally, Lawrence reveals the shocking truth about his leg injury.

The Feechie Film Festival Organizing Committee would like to thank everyone who wrote, directed, acted, and shot the films that made the 2010 Festival an unmitigated success.