His work is already out there – we have all seen it, maybe imitated it in front of the mirror. But not all may know who he is. Vincent Paterson is the Hollywood choreographer who created defining moves for stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. The one who told Michael to grab his crotch and who was called Satan by the Pope after directing Madonna’s ‘Blond Ambition Tour’. He was also the man behind the choreography of many of Michael’s short films and performances including Michael’s masterpiece ‘Smooth Criminal.’
Now, Kersti Grunditz a filmmaker with a background in dance hopes to share Vincent and his work with the world in ‘The Man Behind the Throne,’ a documentary she has directed about Vincent Paterson.
She needs help to raise funds for DVD/VOD-music licenses and postproduction of a feature version of the film and has started an Indiegogo campaign to do that.
This is what Kersti has to say about the documentary:
“I met Vincent Paterson the first time in December 2001. He was one of the featured speakers at the seminar Nordic Dance for Camera after choreographing Lars von Trier’s ’Dancer in the Dark’. I read his bio and realized I’d seen almost everything he had choreographed, yet never heard of him.
That intrigued me in this day and age of obsession with fame. But also said something that interested me about the mythology of fame. So I went to Norway to do a short piece on him for Swedish Television. And met someone whose playfulness and deep love for the work itself had kept him working at the top without losing track of who he was.
After that I spent a number of years gaining his trust and persuading him that the world needed to meet him and the real work behind some of the iconic moves of our time.
Now, twelve years later, I’ve had a camera glued to him during both rehearsals of the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis! And in his private life among friends and family. It resulted in the documentary ‘The Man Behind the Throne.’
The film features rehearsals of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Viva Elvis!’ Vincent’s private rehearsal tapes and private photo albums and groundbreaking film clips from his career. It is a fascination journey into a creative mind and a different side of pop culture than we are used to meeting.”
Kersti also stated that people’s support will not go unrewarded as the perks they have to offer at different levels are quite something, especially if you are a Michael Jackson or Madonna fan. Plus the feature length version in itself is a reward as it will include more unreleased footage of Michael.
For more details about the campaign and how to help Kersti share Vincent with the world visit here.