Synopses & Reviews
It's possible Bill Daniel is the most inspiring filmmaker of our day. With an impressive filmography that includes work on Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws and as Vanessa Renwick's long-time collaborator, Daniel has crafted a remarkable book to go with his twenty-years-in-the-making Who Is Bozo Texino? - a documentary about modern day hoboes, rail workers and a forgotten outsider subculture. It's a rollicking rail zine of boxcar graffiti and obscure railroad nostalgia - the result of a 25 year obsession with hobo and railworker folklore. Freight riding stories, interviews with hoboes and boxcar artists, historical oddities and tons of photos of modern day boxcar tags are all presented in the guise of a vintage rail fanzine.
In this companion book to the film "Who Is Bozo Texino" (shot entirely aboard speeding freight trains), Daniel mixes experimental and documentary to provide a captivating look at a little-known art form--hobo boxcar graffiti . Tracing the origins to boxcar graffiti from over 100 years ago, Daniel follows rail graffitis' evolution to modern day hobo gatherings, freight hopping trips and secret hobo jungles. Along the way Daniel interviews numerous old timers who have spent years
on the rails drawing their monikers, among them graffiti legends Colossus of Roads, The Rambler, Herby (RIP) and yes even the ever-illusive Bozo Texino. The interviews provide a fascinating glimpse into the harsh realities of tramp life.
About the Author
Bill Daniel is a filmmaker whose documentary on the history of hobo graffiti, Who is Bozo Texino?, was screened in over 350 venues worldwide. He has exhibited film, photography, and installation work in several venues, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the New Museum in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. His work has received awards from Creative Capital, Film Arts Foundation, the Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and the Western States Media Alliance. He lives in Los Angeles.