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     IT'S HAPPINESS - A POLKA DOCUMENTARY
USA, 2006, 80 mins, Color (Family Friendly)

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Director: Craig DiBiase
Producers: Craig DiBiase, Timmothy Gable
Cinematographer: Ross Riege
Editors: Brian Goetz, Michael Slavens
Sound: Sean Clauson
Cast: Art Altenburg, Vi Bergum, Jerry Carey, Greg Drust, Karl Hartwich, LynnMarie, Willie Nelson, John Pinter, Mike Schneider, Jimmy Sturr

www.polkamovie.com


WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY - 2007 OXFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

While many "elders" resort to a quieter life in their later years "polka people" refuse to surrender to the inevitable constraints of aging. In this documentary, each colorful character plays a different role in the polka scene, whether as a dancer, bandleader, promoter, collector, or teacher, striving to stay young through that role. As their stories unwind, we see how they use this music to live rather than just be alive. While polka crowds are eager to show their enjoyment and dedication of their dance, one question remains: In 20 years, who will run the dance halls, perform in the bands, and pounce the floors? They clutch to a hope in the underground, younger generation, some of whom are standing ready to bear the stereotypes and ridicule they face when, instead of going to the local mall on Saturday night, they proceed to the nearest polka hall. A universal theme of passing one's heritage to the next generation is evident.

Craig DiBiase
Stun Productions founder Craig DiBiase has developed a diverse background of production talents by working in such varied environments as VH1 On-Air-Promotion, The Late Show with David Letterman and Project Rebirth, a documentary about September 11th. Partnering up with a miami based marketing firm, Craig was able to succeed nationally for his film It's Happiness.  Living in New York City has provided Craig with the opportunity to utilize his talents with top commercial production companies such as Hungryman (Clients like Cingular Wireless, XM Radio) and Artists Company (Wendy’s, Verizon). Craig has also worked on independent feature films such as Winter Passing (Ed Harris, Will Ferrell) and Slingshot (David Arquette, Julianna Marguiles), both due for release in the next year. Craig is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a major in Marketing and Arts Management.
PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM

          ROVER'S RETURN
UK, 2006, 11:20 mins, Color

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Mark Hammett

Seeking the money they need to clear a debt, two lads come up with a plan that affects the relationship between a man and his dog.

 
Showings
06/8/07 09:00 AMVenue 1 (SYS)
Saugatuck Yacht Services
868 Holland Street
 
06/10/07 02:00 PMVenue 1 (SYS)
Saugatuck Yacht Services
868 Holland Street
 


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