Thou Shall Not Tailgate is a short form documentary about art car creator, retired postman and minister, the Rev. Charles “Chuck” Linville. The film is an observational profile of Rev. Linville and his world, which includes two houses and multiple cars that are thematically decorated in knick-knacks, cultural detritus and a host of other random oddities that he chooses. A cross between a collector, provocateur and outsider artist, Linville stands in stark contrast to the world around him. His artistic expressions comment on politics, religion and fringe culture like no other. Diabetic and in his sixties, he has seen trends come and go, while living and creating on his own terms. By highlighting his art, music and opinions, this film will illuminate Chuck’s unique personality and vision, illustrating how his brand of individualism and originality is vital to an increasingly homogenized culture.
Influenced by the fly-on-the-wall, lived-in documentaries of Les Blank, this film speaks through interviews with Rev. Linville, selections from his music collection and an eye toward the colorful universe that surrounds him. The story will be driven by an audio narrative that will tell his story through conversations, old photos and moments of visual poetry.