John Hemmer & The Showgirls
JOHN HEMMER & THE SHOWGIRLS enjoyed its World Premiere at the 35th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 10th, 2017. It received First Prize for Alternative Spirit Award in Documentary. The film recently made its California Premiere at Culver City Film Festival where it took home its Best Music Award. In January 2018, JOHN HEMMER & THE SHOWGIRLS will make its Louisiana Premiere at Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. Showtimes for COTB coming soon.
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Told through the eyes of singer, John Hemmer, this documentary short chronicles a unique period in live entertainment history. John and his fellow entertainers, all of whom performed during America's nightclub heyday of the 1950s and 60s, offer a behind-the-scenes peek into an era like no other.
Having built a wide body of work for over 60 years, John continues to find creative outlets in his daily existence. His experiences bring to light why performing is unlike any other art-form and is often a calling that can’t be ignored.
Devoting decades to preserving the legacy of the famed Lou Walters’ Latin Quarter nightclub, John finds resilience in its band of showgirls and performers, despite life’s challenges that surfaced along the way.
JOHN HEMMER & THE SHOWGIRLS takes a celebratory glance inside the golden age of entertainment, while considering vanishing histories, personal and shared legacies, and what role community plays in one's vitality as we grow older.
This documentary short's screening events will act as a tool for sharing and preserving untold cultural heritage through first hand accounts, and at the same time explore how common histories promote a sense of belonging that aid in one's well being over a lifetime.
The eventual dedicated site to be launched in early 2018 will list documentary screenings, in addition to offering oral histories and personal archival material from John and his show business cronies. To stay-up-to-date on this project's progress, sign up for the John Hemmer e-newsletter below.