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Shepard & Dark

This screening took place on
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (The Right Stuff), while Dark was a homebody with a penchant for letter writing, photography, and supporting himself with odd jobs from dog-catcher to deli worker. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983 leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters. NNNN! "It’s a rare friendship that can survive something like that, but of course that’s why Wurmfeld is recording it, and why we’re watching. She’s also smart enough to give her subjects equal standing rather than frame them as a celebrity and his pal from the sticks." - NOW MAGAZINE
  • Directed by Treva Wormfeld
  • 2012, USA
  • 92 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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