PRAISE FOR BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "Bathtubs Over Broadway - Film Review"
"A top-notch "isn't this insane?!" documentary that gradually becomes a heartfelt testament to the value of finding whatever strange thing in life makes you happy."
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"By presenting the gleeful idiosyncrasy of these artists' flamboyantly poetic renderings of arch-prosaic subjects, Young and Whisenant confront colossal matters of aesthetic theory with a sly wink."
"Though Young was initially drawn to these recordings for their sheer absurdity, he developed a sincere appreciation for their craftsmanship, and this mix of humor and humility is what makes the surrounding documentary so special"
"Director Dava Whisenant deftly follows Young’s arc from sneering, hardened comedy writer to collector to fan to author – and so much more. // This film deserves as wide an audience as possible. It’s a kicky reminder that inspiration can be found in the weirdest places – maybe your bathroom, maybe a movie theatre."
“Bathtubs Over Broadway” is pure pleasure, both in its exploration of a hidden and uniquely American corner of show business and its portrait of the charmingly nerdy Young"
"Bathtubs Over Broadway is more than just a fun doc. It’s not hyperbole to say that this film is a celebration of the wonders humanity can achieve, whether the entire world or just a hundred people from sales are taking notice. Seeing these craftspeople take a subject as bland as light bulbs and create a piece of art that sticks with you via a melody or voice, it’s a joyous testament to art. Bathtubs Over Broadway gives all those voices a microphone again, and it’s wonderful to hear what they have to say and sing"
"The deeper layers delve into the limitations of irony, and how a jaded, ironic point of view can turn into its opposite, an earnest ingenuousness."
"...the fact that the proceedings coincide with the end of the Letterman show, where Young worked for a quarter of a century, provide a poignancy that quickly disarms any cynicism one might feel toward this “Mad Men”-era"
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“The most powerful film about connecting to the living in the present moment that I’ve seen in a long, long time.”
POV MAGAZINE: "Hot Docs Film Review: Bathtubs Over Broadway"
“The film tips its hat at a forgotten art, which reminded people that they matter. America might be going down the crapper, but this riotous doc reminds us that, like bathrooms, it can be a special kind of place—and certainly was, way back when.”
"BEST OF THE FEST...Ultimately, Bathtubs Over Broadway is about more than this tiny, weird thing. It’s about how these peculiar interests can become our obsessions, and the way that ironic detachment can develop, surprisingly enough, into genuine affection. What a delightful movie this is.”
ROGEREBERT.COM: "Bathtubs Over Broadway Movie Review"
Thumbs Up. “Documentarian Dava Whisenant’s debut feature, “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” follows Young down the rabbit hole of his insatiable infatuation with industrial musicals, a jaw-dropping oddity confined within the most exclusive of hidden worlds.”
RICHARD PROPES / THE INDEPENDENT CRITIC : "Bathtubs Over Broadway at Heartland"
“The word "delightful" is tossed around rather easily when it comes to movie reviews, but trust me when I say that Dava Whisenant's Bathtubs Over Broadway is truly one of the most delightful and one of the most entertaining feature docs to come my way in a very long time."
"This film is a complete and utter joy, embracing the remarkableness of its subject matter and creating a work of wonder around it."
“A chronicle of an obsessive quest to compile an unknown history that combines a music nerd’s love of esoterica with a detective's love of following leads down interesting detours.”
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"Not only one of the most endearing and entertaining documentaries in the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival lineup, but one of the most endearing and entertaining documentaries of 2018, period."
Tribeca Jury: “The winner of the Best New Documentary Director goes to a film that we chose for many reasons. The story, the specific subject, the journey into a world we never knew existed. This film also has an element every great film, doc, and story needs...heart.”
5 OUT OF 5 STARS. “The most charming documentary you never knew you wanted to see...A charming look at the unbridled enthusiasm of true fandom.”
"Set against the final days of the “Late Show,” the wildly entertaining documentary has considerable gravitas to go with its steady stream of crowd-pleasing musical numbers”
NOW TORONTO: "Hot Docs Review: Bathtubs Over Broadway"
“Top Ten of the Year...Ridiculously entertaining...a fascinating picture of optimism and corporate loyalty in mid-20th-century America”
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“ENDEARING. A portrait of hobby turned obsession, a chronicle of a little-known subgenre of musical theater and an elegy for a period in midcentury America when company loyalty was, well, fun.”
“The most feel-good film event of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival”
"Bathtubs Over Broadway is Dava’s first foray into directing, but it certainly doesn’t show. The film, which weighs in at a svelte 87 minutes, is uplifting, well-conceived, and finely tuned. It’s well-worth seeking out."
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“Among the most winning documentaries I’ve seen is Dava Whisenant's forthcoming
Bathtubs Over Broadway. Hands-down the best movie-musical number since Robert Morse
in 'How to Succeed'.” - Alec Baldwin
“Quirky and Compassionate. Powered by a personal journey that’s eccentric and endearing.”
“A meaningful and rewarding journey”
RED CARPET CRASH: "Tribeca Film Review: ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’ A Delightful Hidden Gem"
“This is a gem not to be missed.”
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“The journey that Young takes with this odd obsession is truly magical, culminating in his own connection to the phenomenon. Truly a miracle."
"a tribute to the performers and creators of an odd slice of Americana that was very close to vanishing from memory"
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VANCOUVER: Most Popular International Documentary
NANTUCKET: Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
SEDONA: Best of the Fest
FARGO: Best Documentary Feature
HAMPTONS: Summer Docs' Audience Award
HOT DOCS: Top 10 Audience Favorite (#6)
NAPLES: Best Documentary Feature
SIDEWALK: Audience Award for Best Documentary
HEARTLAND: Humor & Humanity Award
TRAVERSE CITY: Special Award for Exuberance in Documentary Filmmaking
NASHVILLE: Special Jury Prize: Music Films/Music City
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE LOST WEEKEND: Best Documentary & Audience Favorite