Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
USA, 2013, 80 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Seniors, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Language: English

"I’ve got a certain amount of fame; I’ve got money… I wish I could f**king drive! Then, I’d really be a menace."

Is the world ready for Elaine Stritch — again? More than six decades after her Broadway debut (1946, Loco), 87-year-old Elaine is now the star of her own documentary. Award-winning producer Chiemi Karasawa makes her directorial debut in this intimate, all-access, warts-and-all portrait of one of Broadway’s living legends in the throes of performing her one-woman cabaret act.

While taking its cue from recent, rousing portraits of Carol Channing and Joan Rivers, Karasawa’s film does them one better by confronting such big issues as failing health, memory loss, mortality… and even the most serious issue of all, the superficiality of show biz.

Celebrity and Broadway glitterati, including 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, John Turturro, Hal Prince, and the late James Gandolfini, try to get a word in edgewise, and share screen time with affecting archival footage of Elaine’s career. What’s Elaine’s take? "It’s bound to be interesting; it’s about me." You’d be “loco” to disagree with her.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Chiemi Karasawa
Producer: Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Chiemi Karasawa
Editor: Kjerstin Rossi, Pax Wassermann
Cinematographer: Rod Lamborn, Shane Sigler, Joshua Z. Weinstein
Music: Kristopher Bowers
Principal Cast: Elaine Stritch, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Hal Prince
Filmography: Debut Feature

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