Film Festival

franke100 film festival posterJoin us for the Festival within the Festival! (See below for film descriptions.)

▪   Admission is included for full weekend pass holders. Full weekend participants should reserve their spot when the “Personalize Your Frankie 100 Experience” options.


FILM SCHEDULE – See Film Descriptions Below

Friday Afternoon — SWING: THE REVIVAL

2:30 pm (There is a repeat viewing for the general public at 4 pm.) –

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue

Short Documentary: Call of the Jitterbug (1989)
Short Documentary: Never Stop Swinging (2009)                                         Preview: Where We Danced

Friday Night — WORKS-IN-PROGRESS  5:30 to 7:30 – Alvin Ailey Theater

Preview: Everything Remains Raw – A Hip Hop/Lindy Hop doc with live demo
Feature Film-in-Progress: Swing! The Documentary by Susan Glatzer.

Saturday Night — SWING: THE DANCE  7pm to 9pm – Alvin Ailey Theater

Viewing & Discussing Special Swing Dance Film Clips with the Experts

Sunday Night — SWING: THE ERA   7pm to 9pm – Alvin Ailey Theater

Preview: Kim Loo Sisters: Portrait in Four Part Harmony
Feature Film: The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music that Changed America

Kim Loo Sisters
The Kim Loo Sisters



Call of the Jitterbug                                                                                      The first documentary of the Lindy Hop revival, this 1989 film covers the general history of Harlem Lindy Hop, what the dance meant racially, and the teaching of Lindy Hop to new generations by those like Louise “Mama Lu” Parks. The documentary includes interviews with many of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and other dancers of Harlem Lindy Hop history, such as Sugar Sullivan, George Lloyd, Delilah Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie. Produced by Jesper Sorensen, Vibeke Winding, and Tana Ross. (Run time 35 min.)

Never Stop Swinging
Produced during Frankie Manning’s final year alive and released shortly after his passing, this documentary highlights Frankie’s entire swing dancing life from the 1930s to 2009 through archival film footage, photography, and his own renown storytelling. The documentary includes interviews with his son, Chazz Young, and extensive interviews with Whitey’s Lindy Hopper Ruthie Rheingold, one of the few white members of the troupe. Produced by Julie Cohen. (Run time 30 min.)

Everything Remains Raw
In a current work-in-progress documentary, E. Moncell Durden investigates the cultural and historical lineage of American social dance practices from the 1600s to 2013. For the Frankie Centennial Film Festival, he will present a trailer that juxtaposes jazz dance film clips starting in the early 20th century with much later hip hop footage, and shows the matching movement, ideology and identity in both. He will follow the trailer with a live demonstration.

Swing! The Documentary
Many of us in attendance are in the “cast” of this documentary, which covers dozens of swing dance events and people all over the world. Filmmaker Susan Glatzer will screen selections from her work, which surveys today’s global swing dance scene on the dance floor and in the personal stories of the participants. Watch a preview here.

Kim Loo Sisters: Portrait in Four Part Harmony
They were dubbed “the Chinese Andrew Sisters” and the charming account of their ascent to popularity sheds light on the experience of Asian-Americans during the swing era. In fact, it is the story of many immigrant groups and the American experience in the 1930s and ‘40s. Film-maker Leslie Li will show  selected clips of this work-in-progress.

The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America
The story Frankie Manning wanted us all to know, the story of the Savoy Ballroom and how it came to have such tremendous impact on American popular music and dance. The focus of this feature-length documentary is drummer and band leader Chick Webb who captured the sound and driving rhythms that made everyone want to dance. Webb was a small man, crippled from childhood with tuberculosis of the spine, but he was a giant when he played those drums, drove his band and the Savoy Ballroom dancers, and catapulted Ella Fitzgerald into international fame. Review. Watch a preview here.

Most of the options listed in the A-Z drop down menu are included in your Frankie 100 pass. Frankie 100 pass holders should pre-register for each option they want to attend starting on February 15th. Please see for more information.