From the award-winning director of Comic Book Confidential and Grass comes TALES OF THE RAT FINK, Ron Mann’s wildly inventive bio about Renaissance man Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, who engineered a shift in mid-20th century culture with his customized cars, “monster” T-shirts and America’s alternative rodent, Rat Fink.
Ed Roth was a giant as an artist as well as a behemoth as a man. He and his fellow Kar Kustomizers worked in the only uniquely American art medium, the automobile. He never thought of his creations simply as shells of molded sheet metal or fiberglass. He always wanted you to see the engine, too, because the Only American Art Form is not an object. It’s a kineticism. Its materials are speed, momentum, excitement, and freedom, which is to say, the American Zeitgeist, except that we don’t say Zeitgeist. We say, the spirit of the American age.