HD - 2014 - USA - 108 min - Color

We always lie to Strangers

We always lie to strangers (original title)

A film by AJ Schnack & David Wilson

Five years in the making, We Always Lie To Strangers is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. A remote Ozark Mountain town of just 10,500, Branson hosts more than 7.5 million tourists a year and generates nearly 3 billion dollars in annual tourism revenue.At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the more than 100 staged music shows that earned the town the monicker of "the live music capital of the world". These shows are well known for their "traditional, family" style of entertainment - no cussing, no nudity, no gambling, healthy doses of gospel and respect for veterans - and crowds from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to Branson for this "return to old fashioned values".


AJ Schnack & David Wilson


AJ SCHNACK (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor) is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature documentary credits include CONVENTION (2009), which premiered as the Centerpiece Film at the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and was acquired and released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects; KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (2006), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released theatrically in North America, France, Japan, Brazil, Australia and aired on More4 in the United Kingdom; and GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS) (2002), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically in North America by Cowboy Pictures. All of his films have premiered in the US on the Sundance Channel.

DAVID WILSON (Director/Producer/Cinematographer) is a 1996 graduate of Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Wilson's short documentary, BIG BIRDING DAY, had its world premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, went on to screen at Silverdocs and Sheffield Doc/Fest and aired nationally on PBS’ P.O.V. In 2010, Wilson was named to Filmmaker Magazine's list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He previously directed several short films about subcultures and small towns in the American Midwest. He was a photographer on CONVENTION (2009) and is currently in post-production on his first feature-length documentary, WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS.

AJ Schnack & David Wilson

Original language: English
Produced by: AJ Schnack, David Wilson and Nathan Truesdell


SXSW 2013