The Funeral Movie “Get Low”

by T-Knox

Get Low is a 2009 drama film directed by Aaron Schneider, written by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell, and stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black.

On the silver screen actors portray great characters in stories, including this one of a hermit in the late 1930s who planned his own funeral party so he could be there when it happened. The hermit was Felix Bush Breazeale, 73, who lived in the woods of Rhone County, Tennessee on his own. He adopted the name of Uncle Bush, and for years the small southern county feared the misunderstood hermit to the point that he was considered comparable to the devil. Nonetheless, Uncle Bush strolled into the local funeral home to begin planning arrangements for his funeral party.

The idea began when a local asked Bush what he was planning to do with a large oak tree on his property. Bush replied he was going to make that oak into a coffin one day. Which sparked the local to ask, “Isn’t it a shame that we never know what is going to be said about us at our funeral?” Why not have a funeral while you’re still alive then? The two decided that was a fine idea. Bush went to work on his own coffin, and the more work he did, the more he yearned to hear his own eulogy. Come spring of 1938 the preparations for his funeral party were in order.

The press got wind of the funeral and soon enough everyone and their grandmother knew about it and were set on attending as word spread that there was also to be a lottery for Bush’s land. If you told a story about him at his funeral your name could be drawn for his land after he passed. People came from all around, in all 12,000 people filled the area around a small church and surrounding roads. For hours they waited for the funeral procession. Reportedly, the Associated Press and Life Magazine covered the funeral.

Uncle Bush’s tale and funeral legacy caught the attention of film producer Dean Zanuck. Original stories are hard to come by nowadays the producer reported. That was only the beginning, for Uncle Bush’s plight pulls at any one’s heart strings as he examines the guilt he has lived with all his life.

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