About the Film
Academy award winning filmmaker Paul Wagner and folklorist Steve Zeitlin produced this 1983 oral history of the old-time traveling medicine show performers, with a recreated medicine show staged in a small North Carolina town. Folkstreams' founder Tom Davenport used Free Show Tonite as research for his fictional film Willa: An American Snow White where the protagonist escapes from her stepmother and lands in a traveling medicine show.
More About This Film
- About Medicine Shows
- Making the Film Free Show Tonight
- Art of the Medicine Show Pitch
- Pitching: A First-Person Account
- Med Show Glossary
- Transcript for Free Show Tonight
- Black Entertainers and the Medicine Show
- Bibliography, Free Show Tonight
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival 1981 Celebration of the American Tent Show (Youtube)
- Carnival Sideshow 2 Pitchman examples with Ward Hall
For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Paul Wagner, Steven Zeitlin, the distributor CARTS (Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students), or Folkstreams.