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:
Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.
The organization's the 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., takes place October 30 - November 2 in Midtown Memphis' Overton Square, home to more than a dozen locally-owned restaurants and bars. The festival's screening venues, which include the Playhouse on the Square, the Circuit Playhouse, the new Hattiloo Theatre, and three screens at Malco's Studio on the Square, are all within a couple of blocks of each other, creating an energetic community-friendly atmosphere unlike any other on the festival circuit.
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