John Hemmer & The Showgirls is a web-based, immersive documentary in production, which chronicles a unique history of America’s live entertainment scene of yesteryear. This subject is explored through the contemporary life and memories of singer and entertainer, John Hemmer, along with some of his fellow performers, many of whom share the commonality of all having worked at Lou Walters’ Latin Quarter club in the heart of Times Square during its heyday.
As an entertainer, John has built a wide body of work, and continues to find creative outlets in his daily existence. His sharp recollections, of both on and off-stage experiences, bring to light why performing is unlike any other art-form, and despite the struggles it presents, and its ever changing landscape, it’s often a calling that can’t be ignored.
This exploration of a performer’s profession, spanning more than 6 decades, and his supporting characters’ stories, will act as a tool for sharing and preserving untold cultural legacies through first hand accounts. John’s lifetime in show-business, along with his colleagues’, is not only a reflection on a glamorous and golden age of entertainment, which no longer exists, but their stories also provide a glimpse at how each of us create meaning and happiness in our lives through our passion for our work and our lasting relationships with our community within it.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Apr. 29, 2015