Cult classic on Whites debuts at Shed

Fans of the 1990s cult classic video “The Dancing Outlaw” will be on hand for a documentary produced by Rob “Storm” Taylor of Maryville at the Shed on Friday, June 4.

The 6 p.m. screening at The Shed of “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” has already sold out but a second 8:30 p.m. showing has been scheduled. The screening is a fundraiser for the White family.

Taylor said MTV originally funded the movie before it was purchased by Tribeca Films.

“As of two days ago on Amazon on Demand, we were the No. 1 downloaded documentary, and the No.2 independent film downloaded,” he said.

According to Genna Terranova with Tribeca Films, the legendary family is as known for their wild, excessive criminal waves as they are for their famous mountain dancing members, including Jesco White, the star of director Julien Nitzberg’s cult classic documentary “Dancing Outlaw.”

“Exploring both the comic and tragic sides of life on the other side of the law, this stylish, fast-paced family portrait exposes the powerful forces of corruption, poverty, and West Virginia’s environmentally and culturally devastating coal mining culture that helped shape the White family, a dying breed of outlaws preserving a dying form of dance,” Terranova said.

Taylor said he met the White family seven years ago while hosting a regional travel show for Turner South called “Yokel” and afterwards remained friends with them. Several years later Taylor met Nitzberg, the person who discovered Jesco White and made the original video that spread across America, Taylor said.

Jesco White’s popularity has grown throughout the years. Jesco White was in the video “Loser,” by Beck. The Country duo Big and Rich sing about White, as did the band the Kentucky Head Hunters. “He’s come to be this symbol for the outlaw lifestyle,” Taylor said.

After Taylor and Nitzberg met, they decided another movie was needed. “At that point we put our heads together we need to look further,” Taylor said. “We followed the family 14 months and saw everything from a child birth to the death of the matriarch of the family. It was the whole gamut of human experience.”

Taylor said he Trebeca Films is allowing him to show screenings. “I’m big on grassroots marketing movements,” he said. “We’re having a screening at The Shed on June 4. Jesco and his sister Mamie will be in town and it is a benefit for the White family.”

Tickets are $15 each. To purchase, go online at

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