Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling

Reviews

 

"Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner strike a deft balance between bemused whimsy and respectful curiosity throughout PUCKER UP, an entertaining study of dead-serious contenders in the annual Louisburg International Whistling Competition, climaxing with a
tie-breaking 'whistle-off.'"
VARIETY (Joe Leydon)

"It might sound weird, but trust us, the whistles, clucks, oodles and chirps leave viewers astounded, and (they) will find themselves, as in the fictional "Best in Show," picking sides between the hobbyist philosophers and the career-minded professional
puckerers…Jaw-dropping!"
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN (John DeFore)

The ratings industry should craft a special category for this film: WOW … the film crescendos beautifully (and) could not be more artfully crafted.
INDEPENDENTFILM.COM

"Not since Lauren Bacall offered her simple instructions has the art of whistling been so bracingly watchable and engaging. Featuring astonishing performances and some unforgettable whistlers, PUCKER UP offers numerous pleasures, and yet, the challenge to keep your own lips pursed throughout the entire film may trump them all."
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE (Kristin Grant)

"It's rad, I promise you. And it's so well done and quirky you'll feel like you're watching the latest Christopher Guest flick. But it’s the real thing, which makes it all the more hilarious."
THE STRANGER (Seattle Int'l Film Festival review)

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"My favorite of this year's oddball documentaries, "Pucker Up" combines the esoteric-competition aspect of "Spellbound" with an anthropological history of an inherently joyous pasttime: whistling. Viewers will be astounded…"
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN — Chris Garcia

4 STARS
"Few documentarians would discourage comparisons to "Spellbound," but "Pucker Up" is particularly inviting of them... "Pucker" boasts a fascinating look at something many of us do and few of us think about...jaw-dropping!"
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN — John DeFore

"Not since Lauren Bacall offered her simple instructions has the art of whistling been so bracingly watchable and engaging…Featuring astonishing performances and some unforgettable whistlers, PUCKER UP offers numerous pleasures, and yet, the challenge to keep your own lips pursed throughout the entire film may trump them all."
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE — Kristen Grant

"(A) delightfully musical peek into the world of competitive whistling…
Yeah, it's as wacky as it sounds…"
ORLANDO SENTINEL — Roger Moore

"Go see this! Seriously! It's a documentary about whistling, and while I know it's hard to believe that I'm not being a sarcastic asshole when I say that it's rad, I promise you, I'm totally sincere. Pucker Up follows contestants entered in the international whistling competition, and it's so well done and quirky you'll feel like you're watching the latest Christopher Guest flick. But it's
the real thing, which makes it all the more hilarious."
THE STRANGER — Megan Seling (Seattle Int'l FF Review)

"Anyone can whistle, but these devotees push the ultimate solo instrument beyond the workman's cheerful amusement. At the annual competition in Louisburg, N.C., men and women from around the globe convene to "puckulate" and twitter with crystal tone and baroque ornamentation. Few obsessions cross class boundaries so widely "
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER — G.T.(Seattle Int'l FF Review)

“Tight from start to finish…the tension was great…But that's just the icing
on the cake--the dazzlers in this film are the whistlers themselves. I do not have words to describe how amazing these folks are."
ONE HAUTE MAMA (SXSW Review)

"(A) gem of a documentary…this is a real life Christopher Guest movie. Great characters..."
MONKI AND EDISON — Monki, Monki and Edison (SXSW Reviews)

"Imagine if Frank Capra had made a documentary about whistling. Even if you don’t particularly like whistling, there’s a palpable small town charm to Pucker Up."
Edison, Monki and Edison

"…resembles the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest…impressive…
there's an agreeable absurdity to it all."
THE SEATTLE TIMES — Moira Macdonald (Seattle Int'l FF Review)

 

 

Awards

Florida Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

Florida Film Festival
Special Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking