Winnebago Man (2010): Ben Steinbauer’s Docu

Kino International will release the award-winning documentary feature WINNEBAGO MAN, directed by Ben Steinbauer.

Described by Michael Moore as “one of the funniest documentaries ever made,” WINNEBAGO MAN premieres in New York City on July 9, 2010, at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, located on 143 East Houston Street. The film is set to expand to other US markets during the summer and fall of 2010, and a DVD release is planned for the holidays.
WINNEBAGO MAN reveals the story of Jack Rebney (a.k.a. “the angriest man in the world”), who has delighted and fascinated millions of viewers with his hilariously foul-mouthed outtakes from an RV sales video – one of the first and most infamous underground videos to be passed hand-to-hand on VHS tapes, before YouTube turned it into a full-blown viral phenomenon.
Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer takes on the seemingly impossible task of tracking down Rebney, who turns out to be more savvy, deep, weird and cool than anyone could have imagined. In short, he’s a star. WINNEBAGO MAN is a hilarious, smart and unexpectedly poignant look at one man’s response to unintended internet celebrity, and ultimately a story of how a so-called “humiliation” can become a beacon of light to many.
WINNEBAGO MAN is the first film about a YouTube celebrity to come to the big screen. With social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube growing more important by the day, WINNEBAGO MAN illuminates the power of the Internet video phenomenon and its impact on media, celebrity and privacy. April 23, 2010 marks the 5th Anniversary of YouTube, and this month’s Wired Magazine features the Winnebago Man outtakes clip as an example of one of the first YouTube hits, along with Evolution of Dance, Chocolate Rain, and OK Go’s Here It Goes Again (
Coincidentally, 2010 also marks the 100th year anniversary of the RV, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). In 1910, the first mass-produced auto campers and camping trailers were built in the United States, and today, RVIA estimates that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts nationwide.
WINNEBAGO MAN is produced by Joel Heller, Malcolm Pullinger and Ben Steinbauer, presented by the Bear Media in association with James Payne & FieldGuide Media, and is a Kino International release.