VIDEO: Elizabeth Streb and More Take Movement to the Extreme in 'BORN TO FLY' Trailer
Directed by Catherine Gund and featuring Elizabeth Streb and the Streb Extreme Action Company, BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY will celebrate its opening in New York City on September 10 at FilmForum, followed by its LA debut on September 26th at Laemmle NoHo, followed by a a roll-out in Philadelphia, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Boston, Detroit and more. Check out the trailer for the documentary film below!
Elizabeth Streb and the STREB Extreme Action Company form a motley troupe of flyers and crashers. Propelled by Streb's edict that "anything too safe is not action," these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. BORN TO FLY: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb's movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky. Revealing the passions behind the dancers' bruises and broken noses, BORN TO FLY offers a breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence.
CATHERINE GUND - Director/Producer - Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer, and the founder of Aubin Pictures, a non-profit media production company. Her media work focuses on arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Gund's most recent project, What's On Your Plate? (Discovery's Planet Green; Berlin International Film Festival), is a critically-acclaimed, multi-media project about kids and food politics, featuring a documentary, book and curriculum. Her previous works include Motherland Afghanistan (PBS; AFI Fest), the Emmy-nominated A Touch of Greatness (PBS; Best Doc - Hamptons Film Festival), and Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance (Best Doc - Chicago Underground Film Festival).
ELIZABETH STREB - Once called the "Evel Knievel of Dance", Elizabeth Streb's choreography, which she calls "POPACTION," intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. The result is a bristling, muscle-and-motion vocabulary that combines daring with strict precision in pursuit of public acts of "pure movement." Over the course of two decades, Streb has performed in theaters large and small. She has served as artist-in-residence at the world's top art museums, including Los Angeles MOCA, the Wexner Center in Columbus, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Streb is a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Award (1997), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1987), and numerous other awards and fellowships. She holds a Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a B.S. in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport and two honorary doctorates (SUNY Brockport and Rhode Island College). In 2010, Feminist Press published her book, STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero.