Winnebago Man (image 1)

Winnebago Man brilliantly encapsulates the transformative power of the online video boom.

Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Winnebago Man 2009

Directed by Ben Steinbauer

A fascinating, funny and surprisingly moving encounter with the man who shot to YouTube notoriety as ‘Winnebago Man’, the world’s angriest TV salesman. Check out the clips and you’ll want to see this movie!

USA In English
87 minutes DigiBeta

Director

Producers

Joel Heller
,
James Payne
,
Malcolm Pullinger
,
Ben Steinbauer

Screenplay

Malcolm Pullinger
,
Ben Steinbauer

Photography

Bradley Beesley
,
Berndt Mader

Editor

Malcolm Pullinger

Music

Andrew Hoke
,
Taylor Holland

With

Jack Rebney
,
Keith Gordon
,
Ghyslain Raza
,
Alexsey Vayner
,
Douglas Rushkoff
,
Nick Prueher
,
Joe Pickett
,
Charlie Sotelo
,
Cinco Barnes
,
Alan Berliner

Festivals

SXSW 2009

Elsewhere

Imagine someone filming your worst ever day at work. You ranted like a fool and swore a blue streak. Imagine those clips being passed around the bootleg tape circuit for two decades. Imagine that the footage eventually entered the pop culture fabric: you were quoted in Hollywood movies, and seen repeatedly by millions on YouTube where you were rated the world's angriest man and one of the greatest swearers of all time. This happened to Jack Rebney, a spokesman for the Winnebago company whose profane out takes grew in notoriety over the years while he personally disappeared into the great unknown.

Ben Steinbauer's instantly likeable doco starts with the Austin-based filmmaker wondering what happened to ‘that guy’ from ‘those’ clips and setting out to locate and possibly befriend the mysterious Rebney. Along this entertaining and ultimately moving journey, the film asks us to examine the psychology behind viral phenomena: what we get out of watching them and the profound effect they have on their innocent subjects. — AT