Thursday March 20, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Can’t get enough of skating after the Olympics? Join us for an exclusive screening of the new, award-winning documentary The Fabulous Ice Age, followed by a discussion led by the film’s director, Keri Pickett. The film was recently profiled in the New York Times and has won several awards, including Best Documentary and Best Director at the Women’s Independent Film Festival.
The Fabulous Ice Age chronicles the era of the great American touring ice shows, revealing how, with their dazzling production numbers and variety acts, they dominated family entertainment for decades.
A young German skater in 1915 brings her “ballet on ice” to New York’s Hippodrome Theater, igniting America’s love of theatrical skating. A pair of Minnesotan brothers book their small skating troupe into a hotel tank show, thus laying the groundwork for America’s first touring ice show, the Ice Follies. Olympic skating champion Sonja Henie takes Hollywood by storm, resulting in the creation of The Hollywood Ice Revue and becoming the highest paid star in Hollywood. The Ice Capades, and Holiday On Ice perform to packed houses internationally. Rare archival footage, candid interviews with producers, skating legends and devoted chorus gypsies bring this never-before-told history of a uniquely American art form to life.
Producer, Director & Cinematographer Keri Pickett , who will lead the post-film discussion, is an award-winning photographer and author and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush, McKnight, Jerome and Target Foundations and the Minnesota State Arts Board.