ONE BAD CAT is the story of Reverend Albert Wagner and his continuous journey for self-redemption from his past exploits. While constantly struggling with his own demons, Albert seeks to change the condition of the Black experience in the United States by using his ministry and his art as tools to reach the Black community. He hopes to encourage African-Americans to live up to their potential without focusing on past racial injustices. In his 80’s and seriously ill with congestive heart failure, arthritis, and diabetes, Albert remains dedicated to being an active artist and the main breadwinner for a large portion of his family.
Through the use of intimate verite scenes and candid interviews of Albert, his family members, and art patrons, the documentary explores whether a driving passion coupled with a divine intervention can really redeem a man with many past indiscretions. Further, the film explores Albert’s past of growing up in a segregated south and how those experiences shape his often controversial messages and “lessons” on race and religion. By examining the community that purchases “Visionary” or “Outsider” art the documentary investigates how racism in American has not only effected one man, but how it continues to affect our society at large. Punctuating the film, Albert’s paintings and sculptures, illustrate not only scenes from Albert’s history, but lend a unique lens to how he views the world.