• Alive and Kicking

    Directed by Susan Glatzer
    U.S./Sweden | 88 minutes | True Stories

Who knew that 1920s-1940s swing dancing (the Lindy Hop, the Jitterbug, etc.) is positively thriving in this Internet age? Director Susan Glatzer’s marvelously entertaining documentary chronicles past masters of the form and puts the spotlight on the young acolytes who continue to spread the gospel.


January 6, 2017 4:30 PM   Tickets not available
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January 9, 2017 8:00 PM   Tickets not available
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January 16, 2017 1:30 PM   Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Who knew that the Lindy Hop, the Jitterbug, the Shag and other 1920s/'30s/'40s dances that fall under the rubric of "swing" are not just alive and kicking but also thriving in this Internet age? Director Susan Glatzer proves that point in this marvelously entertaining and thoroughly kinetic documentary by attributing the revival to the advent of VHS tape-would-be aficionados could pause and rewind to memorize the steps from old films-and honing in on both past masters (some in their 90s) and the young idealists who spread the gospel of swing. You will have to resist the urge to grab a partner and jump into the aisle, but tapping your toes is encouraged...

"Glatzer doesn't strain to structure her movie around one central contest, though we do see the... competitive side. She's more attentive to the sense of family among enthusiasts... The action [the film] captures is so transfixing, one marvels that dancers can keep it up for five years, much less five decades."  John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

film details

Country: U.S./Sweden
Year: 2016
Running Time: 88 minutes
Language: English
Director: Susan Glatzer
Producers: Susan Glatzer
Cinematographers: John W. MacDonald
Editor: Nick Andert, Heidi Zimmerman
Music: Steven Argila
Screenwriter: Susan Glatzer, Heidi Zimmerman
Website: aliveandkickingfilm.com

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