Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story

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This documentary explains how Austin got it's groove by telling the story of one particular personality.

Flower spinner. Protestor. Salvation Sandwich seller. Foot fetishist. Perennial city council candidate. Austin’s alter ego. Few has kept Austin weird for as long as Crazy Carl Hickerson. For the past 35 years, this Sixth Street institution has been spinning flowers, flashing his man boobs, and breaking into dance outside of Esther’s Follies.

This 50 minute film examines what Hickerson means to Austin, shows his lasting influence on our local politics and follows his loving relationship to longtime companion Charlotte Ferris.  We get to use Carl as a time machine to look back to 1970's Austin and see the cultural, economic and psychedelic forces that came together to form our city's magnetic personality.  

Most impressively, Carl is still out there, every weekend, spinning his flower. Go see a show at Esther's Follies and see this piece of authentic Austin before it spins away.

Old School Austin Groove

Music and Lyrics by: Shawn Sahm & Kevin Russell

Music Video: Beef and Pie Productions

Awesome Photography: Ken Hoge