William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (51 min.) is a documentary about legendary choreographer Margo Sappington's quest to create a ballet set to the music of William Shatner's critically acclaimed album Has Been (produced and co-written with Ben Folds). The film shows Sappington's finished ballet, called Common People, in its entirety, as well as Shatner himself speaking candidly about his artistic endeavors and life choices. The film also features interviews with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Margo Sappington, and members of the Milwaukee Ballet.
"A surprisingly revealing documentary that
"When the lights went up, there were cheers.
"Every dance number they do... shows the heart
The feature is preceded by a program of short films by award-winning filmmaker Mitchell Rose:
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The organization's 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival with take place this Fall 2015, dates to be announced soon.