World Premiere screening of Liberty's Secret, a political satire and girl-meets-girl movie-musical by U-M professor Andy Kirshner (Music, Theatre & Dance; Art & Design), starring Jaclene Wilk and Cara AnnMarie.
Long before a reality television star became a presidential nominee, composer Andy Kirshner was thinking about the close relationship between politics and popular entertainment. Fascinated by the similarities between “statecraft” and “stagecraft,” and by the sophisticated science of political image-making, the SMTD/Stamps professor set out to create a feature-length musical film about the song and dance of modern American politics.
The result – eight years later – is Liberty’s Secret, a satirical movie-musical in the grand tradition of Technicolor MGM movie-musicals, Kirshner’s new film follows the rise of Liberty Smith, the squeaky-clean daughter of a “family values” preacher who becomes the symbolic centerpiece of a socially conservative presidential campaign. When ingénue Liberty falls in love with her (female) spin-doctor, the result is a political catastrophe. A kissing video goes viral, and a confused Liberty must choose between the life she knows, and the love she has always dreamed of – while all of America watches.
Tickets are $10 general admission, and $8 for students/seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at http://bit.ly/2ajGOsg.
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A 2014 IRWG Faculty Seed Grant awarded to Professor Kirshner enabled him to record, mix, and master three songs from the movie soundtrack, giving him a convincing, well-packaged CD to share with potential backers. Learn more about the movie at www.libertysecret.com.
Sponsored by the Stamps School of Art and Design, The School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, The Spectrum Center, The Institute for the Humanities, The School of Information, The Department of Performing Arts and Technology, and Comerica Bank.