SUPERMENSCH: The Legend of Shep GordonUSA | 2014 | 85 minutes | Not Rated | Documentary
Saturday July 19, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Tom Arnold, Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas
In 1991, music manager Shep Gordon held Mike Myers over a barrel a few weeks before shooting “Wayne’s World” regarding an Alice Cooper song Myers wanted to use in the film. They have been close friends ever since. 22 years later, the story of Gordon’s legendary life in the uber-fast lane is now told in Myers’ directorial debut. And this time it’s Myers who has Gordon over a barrel. Capitalist, protector, hedonist, pioneer, showman, shaman… SUPERMENSCH.
Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn’t a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others – a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef.” Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep’s imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon’s unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.
"Supermensch is very much a celebration. But Gordon comes across as a refreshingly candid man who feels no compulsion to varnish the truth." -David Rooney
"A pacy, funny romp through a very individual life." -Mark Adams
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival, Audience Award Sun Valley Film Festival 2014, Audience Award Sarasota Film Festival 2014, Official Selection SXSW Film Festival