Winnebago Man Jack Rebney Loses House In Wildfire, Sad news from the Winnebago Man filmmaking team: Jack Rebney, the subject of Ben Steinbauer’s award-winning film and just about the sweetest “Angriest Man in the World,” lost his home to the Ponderosa wildfire last week.
The film traced the explosive popularity of a bootleg video of a disastrous Winnebago promotional shoot that starred Rebney in sweaty, epically profane meltdown (“My mind is just a piece of shit this morning”). The filmmakers tracked Rebney down at his mountain cabin in Northern California, where he had gone to live peacefully with his books and his dog Buda. (Read more about the film and its aftermath in the Chronicle’s 2010 interview with Rebney and Steinbauer, “Happy Accidents,”.)
The filmmakers report that both Rebney and Buda are okay, but that his home and belongings were completely destroyed. They’re currently soliciting “well wishes and words of encouragement” for a guy who’s brought a lot of pleasure to viral video watchers; you could also show him a kindness and donate money for his relocation. You can contact Rebney at the below address:
P.O. BOX 492
Manton, CA 96059
The Austin Film Festival runs October 18-25, but the unofficial kickoff always happens the day before with is annual Film & Food party at the Driskill Hotel. This year’s honorary chair is Robert Rodriguez, who’ll host an evening of auctions and delicious nibbles from Foreign & Domestic, Olive & June, Swift’s Attic, Haddington’s, and more. The event benefits AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program.