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The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents Director Nimisha Mukerji and star Tempest Storm, who will appear for a Q and A with the audience following the opening night screening of their film TEMPEST STORM at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21.
Tempest Storm explores the controversial life story of America’s oldest and most iconic exotic dancer. Tempest Storm was mistress to both Elvis and JFK, and became an international star on the stage and screen in the 1950s. Exploring her dramatic rise to fame as an exotic dancer and her swift fall from grace after pursuing an interracial marriage, Tempest Storm is a feature documentary that bares all to tell the controversial life story of America’s oldest living sex icon. Following her at the age of 85 as she continues to perform and appear in Las Vegas, Tempest prepares for her final and most important act: to reconcile with her daughter Patricia, from whom she has been estranged for fifty years.
An award-winning director of film, television and digital content, Nimisha Mukerji’s work has been featured on National Geographic, VICE and OWN. Her debut feature 65_RedRoses was one of the first official selections by Oprah Winfrey for her Documentary Club and went on to be acquired by Netflix and Hulu. Mukerji’s second feature Blood Relative screened in competition at Hot Docs ’13, receiving 3 CSA nominations (the Canadian Emmy’s) including Best Direction in a Documentary Program. Selected short works include Awake And Dreaming (Official selection by the Toronto International Film Festival and Instagram for their TIFFXInstagram film competition ‘16), The Arrival Hour (TIFF Emerging Filmmaker Audience Award ‘12), and Beauty Mark (Official Selection Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Program Cannes ’13), which she co-wrote and produced. Mukerji has worked as an episodic director on the VICE series Payday and the scripted children’s shows Dino Dana for Amazon and Disney’s Mech-X4. She is an alumnus of TIFF’s Talent Lab and sits on the boards of DOC National and POV Magazine. Her latest feature Tempest Storm (produced for Super Channel, ARTE and SWR) was released theatrically across Canada by Mongrel Media. www.shotglassproductions.com