Tennessee Walking Men – The Film

Tennessee Walking Men – The Film


Hey, girl! What’s going on? Eh! You heard on the news about them boys walking across Tennessee? You remember them three boys going to walk across Tennessee? That’s them My name is Dennis Humphreys,
but they call me Killer Everybody in Lauderdale County know me as killer. Right now you all in the community of Curve, what ya call Curve. And like I say, Tina Turner was born in Woodville which is
about three miles from here. so so y’all y’all the end got introduced into the
killer why did I call you a killer why use the box actually I used to box an
unbroken bored junk and with this hand here and they called me killed ever
since okay that’s I got the name killer you know
but but y’all doing a good deed main and next time y’all do it been doing it for
benefit thank you thank you keep kids off of drugs or we would do it for a
better reason place to just open cross in and see for no reason you know do is
you know do for a ESO it counsel y’all doing real good job I’m proud of I’m old
enough all y’all dead about prayer them next time we’re gonna do for the calls
but I won’t be walking with you in the fall of 2013 to friends of mine and I
stood on backpacks and left Memphis on foot
our goal was simply to walk across the state of Tennessee
exploring the many rural parts of the state we had never seen we took back
roads and highways and occasionally dirt roads we often slept off the side of the
road at the end of each day we duck off into a stand of trees or the edge of a
field to hide some cars and set up campus sometimes people would have
protest that’s what we were doing a lot of times as people would give us water
or food a number of them even invited us into their homes and gave us a bed or a
couch or a floor to sleep on we walked more than a thousand miles
over a period of 12 weeks we brought a camera along with us and documented the
people in the places we saw No how’s it going no just Memphis walking roads when
walked about a thousand miles to get here yeah yeah we’ve been we’re making a
film we’ve been shooting stuff along the way yeah sure what’s your name man Blake
Philippi I’m Tim are you going when you put it in the newspaper how do
you do that Kim Rob and Blake all right well great to meet y’all yeah well y’all
have a great day it has been so far yeah to see walking
man you got it yeah all right you too on your journey you will meet people of all
ethnicities all racial genres you’re going to meet people who will believe in
what you’re doing those who think that you’re literally crazy for walking to
try to meet and learn people but it’s going to be an experience that you will
never ever forget you’re starting on a great day so that you can walk the
countryside to learn how people really think what people really believe and
what is their vision for themselves for their families and for their city state
and our country it’s important and as I’ll say this to you three as you walk
this this journey every man has a high position if a man does have a vision for
himself he can’t have a vision for his children fourth wife for its family
force community poorest home for city state in this country without a vision
we perish this is the center of the United States and this is where the core
can be I like to say tendency is God don’t spoken heaven on earth and I’m
glad to be a part of it look whatever y’all packing up this
hallway to Mountain City not Street northeast of Johnson City got that so
Wow sure is we’re going all the way across the state
you know right before their eyes well we take rides if someone’s offering a place
for us to sleep and they drop us back off on our route and they keep walking
and where they take this up but otherwise yeah no hitchhike again or
nothing like that line we’re making a movie about Tennessee what’s right deceased I see
down here we’ve got the stars in this county and my granddaddy my father yeah
I have a little real bad skirts and my little socks under my little beauties
over his run well certifies it here there was my monogram to bed down to
something and he would take me out to the campground road where these bikers
would be lined up and down all these bikes would realize over down the road
and he would introduce you think his little cousin Sadie you touching you die
it was great in the cops beat him to death out in front of his own
establishment because he was against the man well people used to angio where are
you from when I would travel off and go places that’s I will my parents and
their parents and their parents and their parents and their parents were
always of countyians so outlived all from the time I was three silver senior
year my dad moves back to Dresden brings the principal of my school and 85 at
least 85% of the school came to me and introduced my set themselves as my
cousin I was like oh my gosh datings going to really busy is really hard
really really hard the other party because of the crowds
the influence and the drugs I’m not going to hide about drugs
everybody did your sooner or later but I’ve been clean for going on eight ten
years now and I’m glad about that come here come here come on sit down you can
get your picture to a fancy a good girl I lived alone for going on nine years
been celibate for nine years don’t miss a woman love women but I can do without
them that’s me and I’m sorry that I didn’t know about Tennessee earlier hey
shit happens right sunshine come here come here baby that’s our group hats or goofy kind of thank you something with you can
turn it back right here yeah just water to do it won’t they stay on there
probably won’t I’m supposed to get Jeff you know if you come into Tennessee with
the idea you want to be by yourself you want to you know you just want to do
your things you won’t be left alone all that buddy then let’s I mean they’ll let
you be alone real alone my name’s Lowell now I just just an old man live off the
land that’s going to carry noise move back Tennessee vol the farm living : photogenic me everything I’ve
worked in long-term working job for and 1717 foreign concretions 38 states
people are saying everywhere all over the world have people inaudible you know
people that are dishonorable to have people that are religious young people
who are not religious you know people with character young people no care on
how to start a fire working with all this huh
I’m gonna need to get a fire going on this hill and then let’s keep when you
get it started just keep putting wood around it let me go starting some – I
wanted to buy into this with all types you know these people are better than
these people are these people have a difference our difference in logic
reason people reason differently because of where they’ve been raised the way
they’ve been raised and so the reasoning is different maybe they just arrested
the basics treating each other and stuff like that people the same everywhere
this is a good place to live in Tennessee it’s hard to beat I’ve been
all over for you come out here and you cook out here and summertime you do all
you can in are you cooking eating everything out here there’s no place
like no place like it for I’m gonna turn for what I want to do in the way I live my wife different kinds of sense that
I’m an eighth seventh generation Tennessee which is a person my age as a
Maddox many generations you can have unless you’re a Native American my
grandson and we baptize the creek on Saturday in East Tennessee is a 9th
generation Tennessee Thank You Tennessee and for the most part of cultural
conservative somebody whose lifestyle and beliefs are pretty rooted to the
ground and usually to the religious faith and respect for other people and
and willing to tolerate a lot of difference in some other people’s I
think Tennesseans are independent and sense that they want to be left alone
and they’ll they’ll leave you alone too if you want to live a little differently
or be a little different that’s alright Oh you okay no chicken
we’re making a documentary walking across the stage yeah you can always get
to crack houses and stuff that would make some interesting footage I was be a
bunch of pointers for ya let me confirm people and it just meeting folks along
the way different places that we haven’t been before Rahl French an achiever from
I’m from Memphis and Tim’s from Nashville and Michaels from Murfreesboro
he lives in Chattanooga and we both lived in Knoxville but we don’t know
anything about other points of the stage yeah yo y’all passed out the bakbox
Summerlin Island that’s probably no place to mess around and said no ain’t
no place last round in ya Murph hope you learn about games there’s a place to go
he says I’ve been all over I thought about leaving here just goes
the pool he’ll expect bad it was yeah I don’t know
I’m one of these folks born in wrong time okay right here afternoon pause and this
time it’s burned out this morning cleaning the gear so that’s how it’s a
good day you know but he might brought me only butter
I’m about a 90 pound deer just really tender goodie
this is this is kind of considered the cream per capita crank cooking capital
of America supposedly so what these people around here tell me the big
yellow boy that we had before this black boy he was as big as this chaos and they
were throwing them in pits and they or they’d busted his nose they they hobbled
his feet and beat the bottom of his feet until his feet were so swelled up they
actually split open and the pumped him full of crank and if the dog lived
through it then they know they can sell it they shot him four or five different
times I was one time I carried him into the vet where his whole whole leg like
this all the skin was just hanging down over his paw and I thought maybe a
cougar something the tore him up or links or something and the vet said no
so he pulled bb’s out only shot they shot him you know what the girls might
do some will be done now oh cool so beautiful
well after that he did I don’t know if you notice all them piled up there but
that’s not this garbage that really building yeah we’re going to add a role
model oh you know just actually I’ll make with me it needs to be frame into
the house but this one here you’re tired of all the time it all just takes Oh
madam it depends if I’m going around you know our front bulkhead well that’s one
how long do you think this one took $150 yeah
holder’s I’ll say for you give some moves away uh just sometimes I ever even
gave them to assholes just because they need to pray they need to remember that
they’re not all that you know um anyways and I I do free for the cool colors
someone put it away though yeah so here’s a better view of the clothes
doesn’t yeah these meter you can see this the
intensity of the heat when you get up here and look inside these because it’s
actually smooth from the heat and they’re burning the coal down to get the
coke out of the coal and this was all done slave labor these were all done by
black people that were slave but look at that how hot that had to be you imagine
doing this all day long just working in this intense heat they
were digging the coal out of here and then they’re cooking it off in here to
cook in the coal carnival and a hill over here that they Co they actually
call it nigger hill and that’s where they actually the black people used to
walk up there and then there was different times when they actually had
black people hanging from the trees that’s where they found their family
their loved ones as they were walking home they’re just hanging from the trees you know yeah my home was here I lived
here I paid my home off but do I really feel at home no you know but even where
I grew up I never really did so I you probably never really belonged anywhere
but I guess if I belong anywhere it’s I own this property now I guess if I I
feel like if I belong somewhere it’s probably here but the people don’t
accept us very much you know they think we’re they think I’m a northerner and
they’re really cornish around here well they really are and they kind of they
treat both my wife and I like that you know and it doesn’t matter how she is
bobbled back and forth between Florida in Minnesota I’ve spent more time away
from Minnesota that I’ve spent in Minnesota so I don’t feel like I’m
really from this that I was just born there you know but uh but no way we’re
not really accepted here no and they were telling the story when
they embalmed the Pharaoh you know that they reduce to different organs and
reasons that they reduce the Pharaohs heart action with that when he got to
paradise Marcus have to do is you have to have to keep
thinking in terms of lightning each other part everybody that you love
everybody the immediate promoted instead of adding to the burden I hear lightning
and now I wish my name is Renee and I was born in Hollywood drop first few
years in all in our lobby Art Deco rugs grand piano catches old old vaudeville
people all dressed up and ready to go back to work sitting on the couches with
their scrapbook those dear people who kept waiting for the next thing that
they hung their lives on and they lived in rooms in a hotel and no one ever came
and they just everything was in theirs who they once were and what they once
done was there and I had some sort of sense that I I couldn’t I could have
turned out like that that may have been where I was headed I was commuting back and forth writing
here was a couple of my best co-writers had moved to Tennessee and I got sick of
the commute from LA enough to say well I’m just going to buy out little writers
place here and that was that that was just it that on the swing underneath the
note treated Fonda and I thought and it went back to when I was a little little
girl and my great grandparents who’d come over from Romania had a farm and I
remembered all of it it was right here this this place has has taken care of
everything for me this is becoming so different from what
I thought peak also I knew I knew we were going to try and not make it like
an anthropology study but I guess I thought it would be more like that
I didn’t what we talked about before and that was gotten it’s been really easy to
get personal with people quickly I think it was just been more emotionally
intense and I thought it would be originally especially once things kind
of start started to get going it has been there’s been a lot more like
like a lot of reflective time and a lot of a lot of emotion what questions have
you been asking yourself just like the things like where my life is right now
and how I got to this point and decisions that I’ve made giving me a shot are you sorry mrs. booth highway : locus desired
burbs and the come across walking walking yeah are you I used to walk to
work and I thought I was a walking champion looked up from the route that
you took I don’t know why I was doing anything at all your nobility Oldman
glory and you just yell yellow car yelling Matt Oh children boys and make a
little video here I’ll record it I am I’m idiot I’m 82 years old about real
down and bout yodel l but I’m going to try to do a little something for you I’m
gonna try I’m gonna try to so I’m going to try to subscribe myself and my
feelings with the song that I wrote about anything this is my song he’ll smell what clear water reflecting the beauty of steak that I
love so a fart go pump and places it is my heart that I
mean if it’s part of Dixie in my whole industry Tennessee rivers flowing couple
of also Kentucky attitude II many times are its own you but never your pair soul in water makes me it closes I can describe like yeah I was
very good bachelor I’m gonna eat your burger is there any way to get a
fillable so then it won’t be spicy anymore I guess like a year ago I kind
of manic at the time I got home one day and I was like mom I decided that if I
can find my bike because my body collected on its mom fortune so they
stole it that’s good but like I’m gonna walk across the USA or at least across Georgia intercept or I’m going to
walk down the road I’m going to walk and so I started packing my bags and stuff packed an atlas and ramen noodle and you
know like like the little tiny cereal boxes it was like I am said I am going
the next day I was in the hospital and spent like six weeks in a mentally disabled are crazy well I was kind of
crazy at the time but I’m really jealous of you guys that’s why I told them when
they leave I’m going to I’m going with him do they know but yeah now this is what up until about ten
years ago this was really a rule part of the part Tennessee and actually I can
remember when we had what you call a hillbilly this was one time called
shotgun county because there is so much trouble up in here you know actually
what it was it was a moonshining community and those moonchild is good
after one another with guns and so you know but it that’s been gee whiz it’s
been 60 years ago I guess when when that’s all help me this is today there’s
not a whole lot of business in counting calories most of rules are bland you
know sometimes you get so useful ago you ignore it I know
when I was still working I went into work one fall morning and one of the
guys said and it is so beautiful if I went too far over the weekend is so
beautiful well I hadn’t noticed but then that has mean I got looking at it you
know he’s right this road is starter mountain road
spelled with one or two goes to star mountain it’s spelled with two R’s you
up the mountains tally tally mountain and there’s a fork and to the right used
to be tally pike to the left used to be fingerboard Road but when we put the
sign up for some reason other somebody got confused and they changed and when
they put the road sign up it was backwards so they changed everybody’s
address address here and ain’t moved I’m not a fan I moved up up here in 95 okay
Luke Tennessee it was in 88 I’m originally from Maryland what’s
Maryland to Florida for a while and the Macdonald Tennessee and up here I hated
Florida because there’s two seasons bug and tourists yeah and and it had a 69
forward van in a trailer and we just lettered everything that we just
couldn’t sell literally anything and just headed this away and stopped the
KOA and McDonald and stayed there for battle man we can have two weeks we’ve
got a job renting a house and just safe oh good grew up in East Tennessee South
Knoxville not just Knoxville but South Knoxville major distinction loved East
Tennessee first child out of school we moved to Florida worked there for
several years as an environmental scientist like two of my favorite camp
sites and people don’t use them so much because they have to walk down the hill
Oh life lived on our cell Bo absolutely loved it that couldn’t wait to get back
home but I’m fortunate we came back when we did kids like four and six and both
mine and Marty’s fathers got cancer about the same time and died within a
year of each other actually within about six months I didn’t know if we were
going to stay here forever you know it was just another one of my wacky
experiments you know let’s get into log cabins let’s do all this and now we’re
here you know it’s kind of grown on they don’t really care to leave and when you
start burying your pets here and you can’t walk away from them so and I think
this is home say it’s where we’re at for a while it’s just such a short run you
know it’s like a friend of mine think he was like 55 58 something when he was
like you know life is like your gas tank when you go fill it up seems like it
stays on full forever and then it starts dropping yeah
it’s the 3/4 and y’all goo it moves and it gets to half and then after that it
just drops off sort of things like life you know I mean it takes forever when
you’re young you know think I can do everything and then start realizing well
there’s a there’s a empty down there somewhere you know and you start
realizing it comes on pretty quick to be perfectly honest you you you the fog trail up on the disk still can’t
accept that we’re going to be done and like an hour we don’t have any more
walking to do when you were talking about this year
and how much you like ending it this way it made me reflect on this year now the
first three months was a trail through I was running for the second half of that
crew and then I had like a month or two to go see friends in the south and I ran
another crew then I got ready for this and did this spent quite a while not
having like a normal I mean a day job and all that kind of stuff so sometimes
I get a little scared when we talk about getting an apartment and editing because
I don’t know if I know how to do that like it’s weird
stay weird a finish point somewhere up there we did it and thinking about what my uncle told me
here at his house I think he has her around it is just like you know talk to
me when all this is over I think he had I get a sense of like when this
traveling nonsense something I had planned it doesn’t really end you

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