Back to IndieWire

Project of the Day: Exploring A Real-Life Hero in Feature-Length Documentary ‘How to Become an Extreme Action Hero’

Project of the Day: Exploring A Real-Life Hero in Feature-Length Documentary 'How to Become an Extreme Action Hero'

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

“How to Become an Extreme Action Hero”

Tweetable Logline:  

Focusing on “action architect” Elizabeth Streb, Hero provokes viewers to challenge themselves and to accept that they must not be afraid to.

Elevator Pitch:

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.

Production Team:

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.

Current Status:

Hero is currently in production. We have applied for grants and have launched a kickstarter campaign.

For more information and to support this project:
Kickstarter Link
Main Website

Be sure to check out our curated Kickstarter page for more information on projects we think you should check out.

If you have an in-the-works project and you’d like to be profiled in an upcoming iW Project of the Day column, submit yourself by filling out this form!  

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Toolkit and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox