Donut Nation is donut history
I just caught this video through a friend who’s a cousin of the director:
Director David Angel Rodriguez’s obsession with donuts showed itself earlier in his career when he one way or another inserted a donut into most of his paintings, photos, and other art projects. At one point he painted an entire gallery pink to transform it into a donut shop take-home box. Finally, he became such a donut expert that his friends convinced him to make this video. For many years, the only copy of the video was on a VHS tape in a random box, after he lost the original editing files during a move.
What I love most about the video is the footage from Lou’s Donuts, which was an institution on Santa Clara Street for many years (before my time in San Jose, though), until the landlord ignominiously bulldozed the building to build a Walgreen’s about 10 years ago. David got some of the footage from the owners of Lou’s, who used to show it in a back room devoted to World War II and donut memorabilia. Other footage was taken specially for the film at Lou’s, Krispy Kreme, and Queen’s Donuts, another local favorite.
Rodriguez is “between websites” at the moment, but is planning a new film project for the near future.