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Okie Noodling
Noodling is the sport (some say art) of catching big ol' catfish with your bare hands. The practice is legal only in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Okie Noodling is Beesley's affectionate, funny, and engaging look at the noodlers in his home state.
"...Directed by: Bradley Beesley. Noodling is the sport (some say art) of catching big..."

Oct. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Fearless Freaks
Documentary about the band the Flaming Lips – the crazy/bizarre Oklahoma outfit that, despite itself, rose to national prominence.
"...Lips. Beesley (who directed the magnificent and equally surreal Okie Noodling a few years back) is a longtime Lips..."

April 15, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
An engaging doc about the Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo.
"...Fearless Freaks, and his equally bizarre but utterly unforgettable Okie Noodling. Sweethearts is more conventional a documentary in every..."

Sept. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Take Me to the River
Noodling 101 with filmmaker Bradley Beesley
"...– I mean even women." –Handfisherman Lee McFarlin in Okie Noodling II..."

July 4, 2008 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

A Poem Is a Naked Person
Les Blank’s doc on Leon Russell began shooting in 1972 and is finally released
"...(who are adorable), being shown the fine art of Okie noodling, attending tractor pulls, and often, just lingering on..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

'Okie Noodling' kicks off festival showcase series
"...good docs? If you missed Bradley Beesley's down-home classic Okie Noodling during its 2001 South by Southwest Film Festival..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

SXSW Film Reviews
Okie Noodling is Bradley Beesley's affectionate, funny, and engaging look at the "noodlers" in his home state.
"...Okie NoodlingD: Bradley Beesley. (Video, 57 min.)..."

March 16, 2001 Screens Feature by Hollis Chacona

Page Two
SXSW Presents – a new series on KLRU that features beginning, independent documentaries – is the latest development in the vibrant Austin film scene
"...that, beginning with a presentation of the acclaimed work Okie Noodling on Friday, Sept. 10, at 10pm, SXSW Presents,..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Column by Louis Black

Style! Cine! Swashbuckling!
Sampling the latest DVD has to offer
"...Okie NoodlingLittle League Pictures, $28..."

March 28, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Leaves of Grass
Edward Norton plays dual roles as twin brothers from Oklahoma in this off-kilter mash-up of comedy and drama that co-stars Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.
" in the crooked and leaning world of small-town Okie drug-dealing. That's the engine that drives the plot, but..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Short Cuts
Spongebob and the Lips converge on Austin Studios, and the local IMAX pumps up its technology for 'The Polar Express'
"...(which, by the way, went smashingly, thanks for asking), Okie Noodling director Brad Beesley was hunkered down over at..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

These American Lives
Documentarians Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price root out characters in the Mississippi Delta, the streets of Milwaukee, and, soon, summer camp in Michigan.
"...charge another $26,000 to make his second feature doc, Okie Noodling, about the extreme sport of catfish fishing --..."

March 28, 2003 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

Behind Bars, But Bucking the System
Women inmates find redemption in the doc Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
"...of Corrections was a fan of his 2001 film, Okie Noodling, about the arcane hobby of bare-handed catfish hunting)...."

Sept. 17, 2010 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Film Winners
Winners of the SXSW 2001 Film Festival
"...Runners-Up: Okie Noodling (D: Bradley Beesley), Amato: A Love Affair With..."

March 16, 2001 Screens Feature

One in a Crowd: Far Western
New documentary wants to bring Japanese Country and Western home
"...McMurry are longtime collaborators with our favorite transplanted filmmaking Okie, Bradley Beesley, sharing credits on his projects including Okie..."

Sept. 12, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Luv Doc Recommends: SXSW Screening of 'Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo'
Paramount Theatre, Saturday, March 14, 2009
"...years ago. Backward as they may seem, at least Okies aren't sexist when it comes to exploiting their inmates..."

March 13, 2009 Column by The Luv Doc

Luv Doc Recommends: The Fearless Freaks World Premiere
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Sunday, March 13, 2005
"...This Sunday at the new Alamo South Lamar, recent Austinite/Okie expat Bradley Beesley – the crazy genius responsible for..."

March 11, 2005 Column by The Luv Doc

Style! Cine! Swashbuckling!
Sampling the latest DVD has to offer
" its own way, is a close companion to Okie Noodling. Both films celebrate the outsiders among us, and..."

March 28, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup
Summer travel opportunities and news from all over Texas
"...Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival June 17-18, Pauls Valley, Okla.,..."

June 2, 2022 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

On the Sidelines With New Documentary Fathers of Football
Bradley Beesley throws out the playbook for his high school doc
"...with the Flaming Lips, and Sooner State-set documentaries like Okie Noodling and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo, he's become..."

April 26, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Putting the Austin in Austin Film Festival
What ATX and Lone Star titles are screening at next week's fest?
"...Beesley may live in Austin, but as his documentaries Okie Noodling and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo show, his..."

Oct. 17, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Austin Film Festival Announces First Wave
New films star Melissa McCarthy, Frankie Muniz, Joel Edgerton
"...current and former Austinites like Bradley Beesley ("Calls to Okies," Okie Noodling, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo) and Hannah..."

Aug. 21, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

One in a Crowd: 'Calls to Okies'
Local documentarian Bradley Beesley hunts down prank callers
"...From Okie Noodling to Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo, Bradley Beesley..."

Aug. 15, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Where Sexy Meets Political
Forbidden Film Festival puts the liberty into libertine
"...It) and Bradley Beesley (Sweethearts of the Prison Radio, Okie Noodling), and UT Associate Professor of Anthropology Kim Tallbear...."

May 7, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Film Flam
Can't stop noodling, festival news, & TX Film Hall of Fame
"...Bradley Beesley's documentary Okie Noodling, about competitive catfish hunting ("No hooks, no bait,..."

Feb. 6, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

No Limits
Austin at the Toronto International Film Festival
"...of the festival. Summercamp!, by Austin-based director Bradley Beesley (Okie Noodling) and Sarah Price (SXSW award winner Caesar's Park),..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Interviews and reviews
"...Bradley Beesley (the Austin-based helmer of SXSW favorites like Okie Noodling and The Fearless Freaks) lived among 90 of..."

March 17, 2006 Screens Feature by Marrit Ingman

The Most Dangerous Game
'Snake Hunt: These Rattles Ain't for Babies'
"...guess you could say we took partial inspiration from Okie Noodling. I saw it, and I was like, "Wow...."

March 12, 2004 Screens Feature by Courtney Fitzgerald

"I Made a Movie, and They Didn't Want It!"
Shut out by distribution companies, indie filmmakers go DIY when it comes to getting their movie out there.
" Melvin Goes to Dinner, OT: Our Town, and Okie Noodling, with filmmakers in attendance. Short films have for..."

July 11, 2003 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

Short Cuts
Local writer Amanda Eyre Ward gets her debut novel, Sleep Toward Heaven, picked up by Sandra Bullock's Fortis Films.
"...Billiards will host a free screening of Bradley Beesley's Okie Noodling on Monday, May 12, 9pm, in the bar's..."

May 9, 2003 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

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