Editing this film was a joyous challenge. "Mavericks" is largely structured around pivotal dances throughout the Joffrey's 60 year history. Job #1 was figuring out which dances - and dancers - would tell this story of a ground breaking dance company that had to continually resurrect itself after devastating financial & artistic setbacks. Insightful (and often humorous) interviews are the backbone, but it's the photographs and archival footage that make it soar. Much of my time in the edit suite was spent exploring 100s of photos and dance footage in every imaginable format (remember betamax, anyone?). Narration by Mandy Patinkin moves the story from one era to the next. This segment shows the seminal Joffrey re-staging of Kurt Jooss' The Green Table, connecting the performance to the broader social and political issues of the day.
"Mavericks" was the opening film at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center, had a national theatrical release, and aired on the PBS series American Masters on December 28, 2012.