Fat Monroe

Date of Production
Run time: 27m 15.0s
Fat Monroe is based on a short story by Kentucky author Gurney Norman. It stars Ned Beatty as title character, a gruff, cigar-chomping mountain man with the gift of gab and a merciless sense of humor. Monroe offers a ride in his pick-up truck to nine-year-old Wilgus Collier (played by eastern Kentucky actor William Johnson in his film debut). A battle of wits ensues between Monroe, who seems to twist everything the boy says, and the steadfast Wilgus, who stands up to Monroe’s devilment. By the end of his ride, Wilgus’ notion of truth and trust in the adult world is changed forever.

Fat Monroe is from Gurney Norman's semi-autobiographical collection of short stories Kinfolks.

Garrison, Andrew (directed by)
Appalshop, Inc (produced by)
Norman, Gurney (written by)
Garrison, Andrew (written by)
Norman, Gurney (written by)
Garrison, Andrew (written by)
Garrison, Andrew (edited by)
Johnson, Jerry (actor)
Beatty, Ned (actor)
Johnson, William (actor)
Bingman, Rebecca (actor)
Sexton, Morgan (musician)

Written, directed, and edited by Andrew Garrison.
Includes interview with Gurney Norman, author of short story "Fat Monroe" in Whitesburg, Kentucky
Interviewer: Anne Johnson
Photography/Editing: Andrew Garrison
Fat Monroe: Ned Beatty
Wilgus Collier: William Johnson
Glen Collier: Jerry Johnson
The Voice of Mother: Rebecca Bingman
Monroe Stand-in: Jerry Tolliver
Wilgus Stand-in: William Collins
Produced by Appalshop Films
Co-produced by The Athens Center for Film and Video
Director of Photography Nancy Schreiber
Associate Producer: Ruth Bradley
Production Manager: Elizabeth Barret
Assistant Director: Brenda Goodman
Second Assistant Director: Mary Jane April
Second Second A.D.: Kelly Murnahan
Assistant Camera: Herb E. Smith
Second Assistant Camera: Kate O'Connor
Stills: Scot Oliver
Location MIxer: John Butler
Boom Operator: Anthony Slone
Key Grip: Scott Buckler
Grip: Louis Perez
Grip Assistant: Chet Neal
Gaffer: Ted Hayash
Best Boy: Adam Jospeh
Electrician: Drew Niedbalski
Script Supervisor: Mimi Pickering
Property Master: Tracy Frazier
Transportation Chief: Richard D'Amato
Driver: Ron Collier
Hair: Richard Brown
Wardrobe: Tracy Cave
Craft Services: Justine Richardson
Editor: Andrew Garrison
Assistant Editors: Susan Wehling, Craig Stevens
Sound Editor: Anthony Slone
Stunts: Gord Warner
Additional Photography: Andrew Garrison
Production Assistants: Angel Adams, Charlie Beatty, Tom Brennon, Anne Caudill, Tracy Leis, Mike Solomon, David Sturgill
Wilgus Wrangler: Melissa Amburgey
Mr. Beatty's Assistant: Jack Wright
Consultants: Gurney Norman, Steven J. Ross, Tom Bullard
Rehearsal Actors: Gary Slemp, Ron Short, Dee Davis, Jeff "the Hawk" Hawkins
Catering: The Courthouse Cafe
Old Time Movie:
"The Black Lash" starring Lash LaRue and Fuzzy St. John
directed by Ron Ormand
Titles: Fischer White Productions
Negative Cutter: Noelle Penraat
Sound Mix: Peter Waggoner, Sound One, Inc.
Color: DuArt
Fat Monroe was adapted from a story by Gurney Norman appearing in his book, "Kinfolks," published by Gnomon Press

Music by Morgan Sexton

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations: Kathy and Jeremy Adams, Arlie E. Boggs Elementary, Lois Baker, Barter Theater, Letcher Consolidated School, Beckham Bates Elementary, Joe and Gaynel Begley, Rebecca Bingman, Darlene Collins, Childers Tire, Ann Hall, David Combs, Mary Costanzo, Cowan Elementary, Mark Dichter, Danny and Theresa Dixon, Alvin and Deanna Engle, Paul Fields, First Baptist Church, James and Cora Gilley, Samuel J.B. Garrison, Tony Heriza, Homes Inc., Jeff Missionary Baptist Church, Dianna and Bobby JOhnson, Laurel Grocery, Letcher County Highway Dept., Martha Jane Potter Elementary, Don Mussel, Susie Noble, O.U. College of Fine Arts, Rep. Chris Perkins, Lee and Opal Sexton, Rep. Paul Mason, Mark and Sherry Sexton, Carroll Smith, Dr. James Stewart, Theater Bristol, Emily Todd, U.K. Appalachian Center, Gordon Warner, West Whitesburg Elementary, Dr. Dora Wilson, Whitesburg Cinema, Whitesburg Vol. Fire Dept.

This program was supported in part by gifts and contributions from: The Kentucky Humanities Council, Rowland and Eleanor Bingham Miller, Ohio Arts Council, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Art Matters Inc., Kentucky Arts Council, The American Film Institute (through a program funded by The National Endowment for the Arts)