How to Become an Extreme Action Hero
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"How to Become an Extreme Action Hero"
Focusing on “action architect” Elizabeth Streb, Hero provokes viewers to challenge themselves and to accept that they must not be afraid to.
Hero will be a documentary feature just as unconventional and thrilling as its subject, Elizabeth Streb, a real-life action hero who uses her art to challenge us to push our limits. The film opens as Streb and her company of dancers perform spellbinding feats on cultural landmarks during the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Then we track twenty years of Streb's career through archival footage, current documentation and comic-book style sequences. Streb’s story is about bold perseverance and conquering physical challenges. She believes anyone can become an action hero and in our film invites everyone to explore their extreme potential.
Director/Producer: Catherine Gund
Producer: Tanya Selvaratnam
Cinematographer/Production Consultant: Albert Maysles
Editors: Alex and Tanya Meillier
About This Production:
Getting to know Elizabeth Streb’s work has made me feel like throwing myself against the wall. Talking with her makes me think I might be able to fly. She provokes me to challenge and explore my own physicality to find my inner action hero. Streb has forever altered the dance medium, pushed its boundaries and shattered its limitations. I am captivated not only by Streb’s success but also by her motivation to inspire and to share her art with a broad and diverse audience - and that is what I aim to do with this film.
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