Best Rockumentary

The Next Big Hootie

Staff Pick

South Carolina Educational Television’s well-produced Carolina Stories series acknowledged the 15th anniversary of the release of Hootie & The Blowfish’s breakthrough album Cracked Rear View (and smash single “Hold My Hand”) with this low-key, hour-long documentary. It premiered statewide on ETV on July 9. Filmmaker Ricky Taylor and producer Amy Shumaker mixed funny live footage, music video clips, and individual interview segments as they traced Hootie’s ascension to success, their Carolina colleagues (like Jump, Little Children) alongside them. The Next Big Hootie never quite answered its own question, though: “Who will be the next big Hootie?”

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