Douglas Turnbaugh and Greg Vander Veer's 20-minute film is directed by Vander Veer and produced by Turnbaugh. The film was an Official Selection at South by Southwest, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, Silverdocs, Sedona International Film Festival and over 25 other international film festivals. It was also nominated for the IDA Short Documentary of the Year Award.
"After celebrated careers, legendary dancers Marge Champion and Donald Saddler became friends while performing together in the Broadway show Follies (2001)," according to production notes. "When the show closed, they decided to rent a private studio together where they have been choreographing and rehearsing original dances ever since. At 90 years old, they continue to pursue their passion for life through their love and mastery of dance. It is this passion that has allowed them to persevere through times filled with great joys and heartbreak. Today, Marge and Donald defy stereotypes. They are symbols of the ability to age with strength, optimism and meaning. Marge became famous in the late 1940's when she danced with her husband, Gower Champion, as one of America's most successful dance teams. Together, they starred in major MGM films such as 'Show Boat' and 'Three for the Show,' pioneered early television programs, and were featured in many Broadway shows. Donald also began his career in MGM musicals, but his true - and tremendous - success came when he became a dancer and founding member of Ballet Theatre (soon to be American Ballet Theatre), before becoming a distinguished performer on Broadway. After years as a brilliant dancer, Donald moved on to be a premier choreographer of American musical theatre, winning two Tony Awards in the process. [The film] seamlessly blends 9 decades of archival film and photographs with present day footage to tell a story through dance of the passing of time and the process of aging."
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