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Grand Disaster: Inside an Underground Circus

A decade after its initial release and Portland, Oregon, festival run, Grand Disaster: Inside an Underground Circus remains an extraordinary documentary portrait of the brave and authentic group of circus artists who were members of Seattle’s Circus Contraption in 2001 and 2002.

Join this acclaimed, one-of-a-kind troupe on an ambitious three-month summer tour across the US aboard the second-hand transit bus they called home. See how their unique punk-cabaret musical sensibility and inspired performance vision drew upon the best of Old European and early 20th century vaudevilleian traditions to help revitalize the world of circus arts in America.

This road trip epic gains new relevance today after the tragic and senseless shooting that claimed the lives of two of Circus Contraption’s members (original bassist Joe Albanese and more recent frontman Drew Kariakedes, who was not yet a member of the group when the documentary was made) along with three other victims in Seattle in May 2012.


Featuring: Circus Contraption
 Director: Bill Fisher

The complete documentary plus 75 additional minutes of extras are available in a 2-DVD set from



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