Release date:May 1, 2009
(NY; LA release: June 12)
Studio:First Run Features
Director:Deirdre Allen Timmons
Starring:Miss Indigo Blue, The Shanghai Pearl
An intoxicating mix of private yearnings and public spectacle, the new feature documentary "A Wink and a Smile" exposes more than the human body by putting gender, power, and sexuality under the spotlight as it follows the lives of ten women who set out to learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease. Students of Seattle's Academy of Burlesque have just six weeks to peel and reveal their hidden talents with little more than a tassel and a twirl. Seasoned burlesque divas strut on stage in their own entertaining, satirical and beautiful performances to illustrate the candid and often hilarious lectures by the Academy's headmistress, Miss Indigo Blue. As director Deirdre Timmons draws back the velvet curtain providing a rare glimpse into the intimate experience, audiences watch with glee as Miss Indigo's budding divas learn to shimmy, shake, bump and grind their way into our hearts. Through their adventures, we see how a homemaker, a reporter, a doctor, an opera singer, a taxidermist and a college student join the American cultural revival of burlesque, as it moves from fringe fascination to mainstream obsession, engaging a world where performance art and showgirl spectacle, music, theater and sensuality crash into over-the-top glamour – a world where many want to go, but very few dare.