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Post-film Q&A with Director Nancy Buirski

Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

NANCY BUIRSKI is the Director, Producer and Writer of AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ that had its World Premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival and International Premiere at the 64th Berlinale. Buirski is also is the Director, Producer and Writer of the Emmy Award-winning THE LOVING STORY (2011) (HBO). The film was a recipient of a coveted Peabody Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was included in the shortlist for the 2011 Academy Awards and it was selected for Sundance’s Film Forward, the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, and has screened at The White House. Buirski is a Producer of HARLEM WOODSTOCK (Director Alex Gibney), ALTHEA (Director Rex Miller) and Consulting Producer of PRIVATE VIOLENCE (Director Cynthia Hill). She is producing a narrative version of the Lovings’ story in association with Colin Firth and Ged Doherty and is in development on THE DONNER PARTY with Ric Burns for HBO Original Programming. Buirski will next direct ENDANGERED, a live-action and animated narrative based on Eliot Schrefer’s award-winning book. Buirski founded and was the Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for 10 years. She produced five collections of Full Frame shorts with Docurama and a library collection of feature-length documentaries, THE KATRINA EXPERIENCE. She was Executive Producer of TED’s Pangea Day Film Content. Prior to her work in film, Buirski was the Foreign Picture Editor at The New York Times, garnering the paper its first Pulitzer Prize in photography. Her photo book Earth Angels: Migrant Children in American was published by Pomegranate Press. Prints from the collection were exhibited at the Smithsonian and traveled throughout the U.S.

 

LANGUAGE: English

RATING: NR

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

 

QUOTES: “A woman of indomitable will who was determined to enjoy her existence despite the disease, Le Clercq made an independent life for herself that included traveling to Europe with friends and teaching at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded by former dance partner Arthur Mitchell. After she and Balanchine divorced in 1969, she lived alone for the rest of her life, which this fine documentary makes you feel is very much the way she wanted it."
-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"It is almost as though you are beholding mythological deities who have alighted briefly on the earth....one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century."
-Stephen Holden, New York Times

"CRITICS' PICK."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014 -7:30PM


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