'William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet' Returns for Milwaukee Film Fest October 3-4

MILWAUKEE – September 2, 2009 – Milwaukee Film announced today that a highlight of the 2009 Milwaukee Film Festival will be William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet. Milwaukee Ballet hosted a private screening of the film this past spring. Presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Film Festival will take place September 24-October 4. Watch a clip of the film and ballet.

William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
Saturday, October 3
7pm • Oriental Theatre • 2230 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee

Sunday, October 4
4:45pm • North Shore Cinema • 11700 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon

2009 - Directed by Patrick Buckley, Bobby Ciraldo, Kevin Lane and Andrew Swant

Trekkies, Balletomanes and film fans will find common ground for this Milwaukee-based documentary following choreographer Margo Sappington's quest to create a ballet using William Shatner's critically acclaimed "Has Been" album, a collaboration with Ben Folds. The result was "Common People," a ballet created for and performed by Milwaukee Ballet in 2007. This film premiered earlier this year at the Nashville Film Festival.

The Milwaukee Film Festival will feature 11 days of film screenings, special events and much more. The films will screen at the Landmark Theatres Oriental Theatre and the Marcus Theatres® North Shore Cinema, and special events will take place throughout the Milwaukee area.

Ticket packages and passes for the film festival are on sale now, and movie lovers are urged to purchase in advance to avoid any sellouts. The film festival box office will open Wednesday, September 9 for those who have purchased an advance pass or package, and Thursday, September 10 for the general public.

Film buffs are invited to visit www.milwaukee-film.org for information on tickets, film festival selections, special events and much more.


About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.