Lifecasters is an innovative public television program in which five filmakers tell the stories of Americans who have discovered creative ways of realizing their dreams – a bit later in life.
Supported by PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Lifecasters airs Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. on KUED and via streaming video on PBS.org.
Hollywood filmmakers Adam McKay (Anchorman, Funny or Die) and Shira Piven (Fully Loaded) produced and directed The Beast and the Angel, a short film profiling former MC5 guitarist and punk pioneer Wayne Kramer, chronicling his journey of finding hope and comfort through the gift of music.
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, A Lion in the House) created Sparkle, the story of African-American dancer Sherri “Sparkle” Williams, one of the oldest female professional dancers still practicing in the United States.
Emmy-nominated filmmakers, Gaudet and Pullapilly (The Way We Get By) produced The Gambling Man, a portrait of Albert Hurwit, an 80-year-old retired doctor who could not read or write music, yet composed an award-winning symphony.
Pulapilly explains, “There are so many talented individuals across the country finding ways to inspire, help and motivate others to achieve their full potential in life. We hope Lifecasters will be a model for supporting creative, innovative endeavors and allow others across the country to take a chance on themselves."
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