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Improvement Club

Director Dayna Hanson scheduled to attend | June 4 & June 5

USA | 2013 | 98 minutes | Dayna Hanson

A hybrid narrative film with doses of mockumentary, musical comedy, and dance tracing a rag-tag Seattle performance group’s attempt to expose the American Revolution’s fatal flaws. Loosely based on the making of director Dayna Hanson’s real-life performance, "Gloria’s Cause," this film is gorgeously shot by award-winning local cinematographer Ben Kasulke.

June 4, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
7:00 PM Date has passed
June 5, 2013
xHarvard Exit  
4:30 PM Date has passed
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Improvement Club offers the fictionalized back-story of a real theatrical work: Dayna Hanson's Gloria's Cause, a satirical fantasia on the founding of America that played to Seattle audiences in 2010. The snippets of the production on display suggest what is sure to be a lively night at the theater; but the real focus here is behind-the-scenes, with Hanson and her collaborators playing themselves (or, more likely, slyly sideways variations on themselves) as everything that could go wrong during the shaping of a stage piece does. A crucial New york performance is cancelled; late changes to the scenario, such as George Washington showing up on Jerry Springer, sit less than well with some members of the troupe; and the actress playing the bald eagle (Peggy Piacenza) can't decide which underwear to wear beneath her bird mask. The film's warm humor and intimacy find their perfect aural complement in the bright score from Hanson's band Today!, with some scenes playing out like a charmingly cracked musical comedy. A salute to the indefatigable spirit of performers who refuse to say die even when their van does, leaving them running down the road in full revolutionary regalia with their instruments in tow.

Director Biography
For 12 years, Dayna Hanson was the co-artistic director of acclaimed Seattle dance troupe 33 Fainting Spells. As a director and curator, she has long encouraged the blending of dance and film, and her short film Rainbow was commissioned for the 2007 SIFF Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

Sponsored in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, KCTS 9 Reel NW, National Endowment for the Arts, Shoreline Community College

Director: Dayna Hanson
Principal Cast: Dayna Hanson, Paul Matthew Moore, Jessie Smith, Wade Madsen, Dave Proscia, Pol Rosenthal, Maggie Brown, Jim Kent, Peggy Piacenza
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Mel Eslyn, Dayna Hanson
Screenplay: Dayna Hanson
Cinematographers: Benjamin Kasulke
Editors: Sean Donavan
Music: Today!
Website: Director's Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
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