Girls on Film

Finally, it’s coming- the Seattle premiere of Behind The Burly Q will be August 6 at the Grand Illusion in the U-District. The documentary is a goldmine of interviews with the last remaining grand dames of burlesque and a respectful look at their experiences and what happened to these performers when the spotlight faded. Director Leslie Zemeckis (wife of Robert Zemeckis-Forrest Gump, Cast Away fame) started researching burlesque in 2006, and over the next two years zigzagged across the country gathering as many interviews as she could- Tempest Storm, Dixie Evans, Blaze Starr, and Sherry Britton appear (many of those interviewed passed away before the film’s release)- as well as memories from comics and family members such as Sally Rand’s son. Kitty West (aka Evangeline the Oyster Girl) recounts stories from her post-Katrina FEMA trailer in New Orleans; actor Alan Alda speaks candidly about his father, Robert Alda, who began his career as a singer and dancer in vaudeville and on the burlesque circuit.

Screenings in Dublin, NYC, and LA have sold out; this summer Behind the Burly Q‘s loving oral history of a vanishing era debuts in eight additional cities:

Denver, CO Starz Film Center (July 2-8)
Kansas City, MO Screenland Crown Center (July 9-11, 16-18)
Normal, IL Normal Theater (July 13-14)
Ottawa, ON Mayfair Theatre (July 16-17)
San Francisco, CA Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (July 22-25)
Seattle, WA Grand Illusion Cinema (August 6-12)
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Museum of Art (August 12)
Harrisonburg, VA Court Square Theater (August 16-18, 23-25)

~ by angrytruffle on 06/20/2010.

One Response to “Girls on Film”

  1. I love the cat in the pic! Makes it way hotter somehow!

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