"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" Will Be Centerpiece of Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival

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07 Jul 2013

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
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"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," the new documentary about the Tony Award-winning stage veteran that premiered to acclaim this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be screened as part of filmmaker Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival in August.

Moore, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker of "Bowling for Columbine," invited "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" to be the Centerpiece Gala Screening during the festival that takes place July 30-Aug. 4 in Michigan. The film will be screened Aug. 2 at 6 PM, according to the official Facebook page for "Shoot Me."

Documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa ("Love, Etc"; Emmy-winning "The Betrayal") of Isotope Films directed the film that began capturing Stritch's public and personal life in February 2011. Tony and Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin is executive producer of the film.

The documentary includes interviews with a host of theatre vets who have worked with Stritch, including At Liberty collaborator George C. Wolfe, Company and Show Boat director Hal Prince and Tony-winning actors Cherry Jones and Nathan Lane. Also featured are "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey, late actor James Gandolfini and John Turturro, among others.

Last spring Stritch announced that she would retire from performing. The icon played her final New York engagement, Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin' Over and Out, in early April and recently departed to her home state of Michigan.



Alec Baldwin, Harold Prince, Tina Fey, Patti LuPone and more offered Stritch a quotable sendoff. Read it here.

Here's how the film is billed: "What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock," giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges."

Elaine Stritch received Tony and Emmy Awards for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which traces a stellar career, which includes roles in composer-lyricist Sondheim's Company plus The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

You can read Playbill's recent, two-part feature, Everybody Rise! The Essential Elaine Stritch Show Recordings, Part's One and Two here. 

Visit the Playbill Vault to explore more about Stritch's decades-spanning career on Broadway.