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Sparkle | Making Morning Star | Growing Up Female

(Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, 2012)

(Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, 2016)

(Julia Reichert and Jim Klein, 1971)

Double Feature

Sheri “Sparkle” Williams has been a star dancer with the legendary Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for nearly 40 years—a record unheard-of in the professional dance community. She’s also one of the few dancers outside of New York City to have been honored with the prestigious Bessie Award for Individual Performance. When this powerhouse dancer suffers her first serious injury, she’s forced to consider whether she has the will to return to the stage as her 50th birthday approaches. (18 mins., DCP)

Shot in Cincinnati, Making Morning Star presents a behind-the-scenes look at the joys and challenges of developing a new American opera. Featuring interviews with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, librettist William M. Hoffman, and director Ron Daniels, the film captures the delicate balance of personalities during an intense collaboration, unfolding in a workshop hosted by the Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. Will the opera be ready on time? (37 mins., DCP) 

Considered controversial and exhilarating on its release, Growing Up Female examines female socialization through a personal look into the lives of six women, ages four to 35, and the forces that shape them—teachers, counselors, advertisements, music, and the institution of marriage. Widely used by consciousness-raising groups to help explain feminism to a skeptical society, the documentary offers us a chance to see how much has changed as well as how much remains the same. (52 mins., DCP)

Image of dancer from Sparkle

Sparkle, courtesy of the filmmakers 

Image of person at a piano from Making Morning Star

Making Morning Star, courtesy of the filmmakers

Man in hat, Making Morning Star

Making Morning Star, courtesy of the filmmakers

Image of woman from Sparkle

Sparkle, courtesy of the filmmakers 

Image of group, Making Morning Star

Making Morning Star, courtesy of the filmmakers

Person writing music, Making Morning Star

Making Morning Star, courtesy of the filmmakers

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