2:00 pm | $12/$10 members/$6 under 12 | 1 hr 28 min | Documentary, History, Music
Alive and Kicking is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. We explore the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.
Produced, written and directed by swing dance aficionado Susan Glatzer, it was nominated for the 2016 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. Wayne Alan Brenner of the Austin Chronicle wrote, “Wowza! You’ll be vastly entertained!”
Alive and Kicking explores the culture surrounding swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon and follows the growth of swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Recently deceased gods of the swing scene Frankie Manning and Dawn Hampton (documentary profiles of both were screened at past Rosendale Theatre’s Dance Film Sundays) are interviewed as well as notable contemporary swing dancers who share their personal stories and explain why swing dance fills them with joy. You will see Nathan Bugh and Evita Arce who are associated with The Vanaver Caravan and Red Hook’s Susan Simon who serves as DJ for Got2Lindy’s dances.
Susan Glatzer’s track record of productions and acquisitions has garnered seven Academy Awards® and 19 Academy Award® nominations along with numerous awards at the Cannes, Sundance, and Venice film festivals. Serving as Senior Vice President for the Motion Picture Group at Paramount Pictures, Susan concentrated on co-productions and worldwide acquisitions. Among the projects Susan has been involved with are Traffic, Napoleon Dynamite, Secrets & Lies, Narc, Breaking the Waves, and High Art.
If you wish to learn more about this film and its director Susan Glatzer visit their website: aliveandkickingfilm.com