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Runtime 97 minutes


Can the American big top circus survive the internet age, or will this ancient and vibrant culture be lost forever?







THE CIRCUS:  DOWN THE ROAD ( is the exclusive behind the scenes documentary about the world's largest circus. For the first and only time, viewers will look under the canvas and peer into the secretive culture under the big top. Danger is everywhere and beauty is ever present in a society that has gone virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. 

The stakes could not be higher.  Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, the longest running American circus, have closed their doors for good after 146 years on the road.  This leaves Carson and Barnes as not only the largest tented circus, but the nation’s largest circus, period. THE CIRCUS:  DOWN THE ROAD is the story of a society desperately trying to hold onto its culture.  Survival may depend on abandoning a way of life that is as old as America itself.


The tent circus is a many-generational village that wanders the small towns and back roads of America, moving to a new lot every day.  Traveling more than 28,000 miles a year, Carson and Barnes’ route takes it from coast to coast and from the Mexican to the Canadian border. 


THE CIRCUS: DOWN THE ROAD is the creation of the mother-son team, Barbara and Seth Camillo.  Three decades ago, through a series of improbable once in a lifetime events, the Camillos were invited into the circus family. Victor Camillo, a Professor of Mathematics, Barbara Camillo an artist, and Seth, a three-year old kid had little knowledge of their exotic new world, but when they began traveling with Carson and Barnes, the family dove down a rabbit hole and into a centuries-old society.



Founded in 1937, Carson and Barnes Circus has performed over 30,000 times for millions of circus fans. Carson and Barnes is the biggest circus in America. This year alone, they will play in over 200 towns.  The show is a mobile village that moves to a new lot almost every day. For more information and to see if the circus will be coming to your town, click here.
















-The domestic circus industry sold over $1 billion in tickets last year.

-"Dumbo" has grossed $353 million world wide in ticket sales.

-"The Greatest Showman" Starring Hugh Jackman has sold over $430 million dollars worth of tickets.

-Margot Robbie will star in the Warner Bros. circus themed film titled “Queen of the Air,” based on Dean N. Jensen’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name. 

- Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a Paramount Pictures film based on the true story of African-American albino brothers who were circus sideshow stars in the late 1800s.

-40 million people have attended Cirque du Soleil performances.

-Thousands of circus schools, gyms, classes, and camps have sprung to life in cities across the country.

-Ivanka Trump, Tom Cruise, Pink, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, are some of the celebrities who attend circus schools. 

-Across America and the throughout the world, thousands and thousands of devoted followers belong to circus fan clubs, subscribe to circus magazines, attend circus conventions, visit circus museums, and devour circus movies and books.


-Contact Seth Camillo

-Phone (310) 962-1065


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