Alive and Kicking
CAST: Hilary Alexander, Evita Arce, Kimberly Clever DIRECTOR: Susan Glatzer TUESDAY FILM SERIES
Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one's circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE AND KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society.
The music, the interviews, the interleavening of stock footage, the way the various modern narratives and backgrounding histories are fitted together: All of this works toward a successful expression of what means a thing because it does have that swing.Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle
Glatzer captures the love and support of an intergenerational community, one in which nonagenarians cut the rug alongside up-and-comers.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times