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Quirky subcultures are a favorite subject for independent documentary filmmakers, so maybe it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of RVers camping in Wal-Mart parking lots is the subject of a film by a documentary production house.
High Plains Films of Missoula, Mont., has produced This is Nowhere about the RV campers at the Missoula Wal-Mart.
The movie is not widely distributed but it is shown at film festivals and a trailer can be viewed online at www.highplainsfilms.org.
This is Nowhere humorously captures the motivations of this American subculture as it documents the essence of American attitudes toward nature, equality, liberty and civic values,” according to the High Plains website.
The film, produced by Doug Davis-Hawes, shows that many RVers ignore the recommendations from the Escapees RV Club, the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) and others about how to avoid wearing out their welcome.
The owners’ clubs generally recommend that RV owners not stay more than one night in the parking lots of Wal-Marts and other businesses and that they not deploy their leveling jacks, slideouts, awnings or satellite TV antennas while there.
Many of the subjects of This is Nowhere were violating Missoula’s parking ordinance, but Davis-Hawes admits the law is tough to enforce, especially in the case of businesses that are open 24 hours such as many Wal-Marts.