The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 85 minutes
The electrifying dance style known as “jooking”—a bouncing, bucking, fleet-footed technique coming out of the underground hiphop scene of 1980s Memphis—is captured in this dizzying love letter to the dance sensation. At its center is jooking superstar, Lil’ Buck, a gifted and pioneering street performer who shot to worldwide fame when a viral video of him dancing alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Swan hit the internet to an enraptured global audience. LIL’ BUCK: REAL SWAN is an ode to his smooth signature style of seamlessly folding classical ballet technique into a more homestyle bucking energy. The story burrows into the impressive discipline and singular skillset that made him into a renowned icon today. Equally a portrait of Memphis itself, the film beautifully photographs the city’s distinctive character, offering an intimate look at the locations and neighborhoods where jook culture was born. This documentary, which is a soaring new work deeply rooted in a tactile sense of history and place, serves as a breathtaking introduction to the captivating talents of Lil’ Buck himself. — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 7:15 PM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 1:25 PM ET
Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 7:15 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles