Alabama folk artist, Butch Anthony and filmmaker Harrod Blank, return for 2018’s “Camp Butch” – a “Doonanny”-spirited, ever-evolving, unpredictable, fun-guaranteed, design/build/adventure weekend with a soft focus in the work of film legend, Les Blank – the late maker of unfinished Butch documentary and creative inspiration to well, everyone involved in the production of this camp.

Design Build Adventure has teamed up with the The Bear, LAND, and the Austin Film Society to present this uniquely (“only in Austin!”) offering on December 14th-16th, 2018

Weekend Schedule

When: Friday, December 14th // 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Justine’s
What: A happy hour introduction to the weekend – the whats and whys and whos of Camp Butch, meeting of team mates, project overview, and a special mini-lecture by Butch Anthony on the basics of “Intertwangleism” that may or may not end with his singing into a bucket.

When: Saturday, December 15th // 9:30am – 5:30pm
Where: Design Build Adventure Studio (5707 Dunlap Rd.)
What: Project work day
We’ll start the day with coffee and breakfast tacos followed by a group stretch to get the creative juices pumping. The rest of the morning and afternoon will be spent working in teams led by Butch Anthony, Jack Sanders and creatives from LAND and The Bear to design, build and test an intricate (and dramatic!) rube goldberg structure with the end goal of it’s seamless bonfire ignition after sunset (read more below). Note: this is not a “welding camp” – some minimal welding instruction will be available but not all registrants will come away with welding experience. Consider this workshop more of an unconventional design and physical adventure in “junk” construction.

When: Saturday, December 15th // 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Design Build Adventure Studio (aka The Long Time) (5707 Dunlap Rd.)
What: Party time
Your camp registration gets you an automatic invite to the wildest (probably), most memorable (highly likely) and weirdest (definitely) party of the holiday season. The evening’s festivities will culminate in the full realization of our Rube Goldberg and ceremonial bonfire lighting (last year’s scene will be featured in a short film by Yeti this fall!). We also consider this party a tribute to the life and work of Les Blank and celebrate him in the most “Les” ways we can come up with: MUSIC (special musical guest), FOOD (Pachamanca-inspired “cooking in the dirt”), DRINK,& ART.

Sunday, December 16th // 2pm – 6pm
What: Les Blank film screening
Where: Austin Film Society Theater

Your camp tuition includes admission to a special (optional but encouraged!) presentation of Les Blank short films and panel discussion on Sunday afternoon at the AFS theater.

Price: $325

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