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 501(c)3 non-profit organization receives project support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is the only film organization to receive annual funding from ArtsMemphis. The year-round organization is best known for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., next taking place October 30 - November 2, 2014 in and around midtown Memphis' Overton Square entertainment district. Screening venues include the Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, the new Hattiloo Theatre, and three screens at Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square – all within just a few blocks of each other, creating an accessible community-friendly atmosphere unlike any other on the festival circuit. Named one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in the spring 2014 issue of MovieMaker magazine, the Indie Memphis Film Festival was named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2012. MovieMaker also ranked the festival as “Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and 2013, and as one of their “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009. With a focus on regional filmmaking, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country.
Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film though diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences. Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.
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