Capturing colorful images of picaresque county fairs, Carny goes behind the bright lights into the elusive, lurid, carnival milieu, sneaking a peak into the tawdry and sometimes menacing world behind the carny`s garish public spaces, while simultaneously illuminating the ordinary carnival every American has burned into their childhood memory. The walk on the wild side brings Hunter in intimate proximity to the ordinary attendees and workers, as well as freaks and lowlifes that populate this world.
Accompanying the images are illuminating interviews of carnival families, youths who have traded hometown for the adventures of the road, and lone men or women seeking a place to hide, yet belong. Carny celebrates the midway as a living, breathing entity, both transient creator of nostalgic romance for the towns in which it sets up a temporary fantasy of rides and games, or a space of eternal refuge for those in need of employment, acceptance, or escape.
This unique view of an ageless American netherworld shares our nostalgia for its garish tinselly glamour, and savors its atmosphere of outsider surrealism.