William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (CDT)
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:
One of the city's core arts institutions, Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. The year-round organization is best known for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., set to take place October 31 - November 3, 2013 in and around midtown Memphis' Overton Square. Named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society and twice ranked by MovieMaker Magazine (as one of "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2011 and as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009), the festival brings a broad range of independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country and transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences.
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