For Immediate Release
October 5, 2017
Small Town Diamonds, Short Film Documentary
The Lehigh Valley’s Burlesque Troupe is the focus of a new short film documentary which will make its United States premiere at Bethlehem’s Steel Stacks on Friday, October 20th.
Lehigh Valley, PA: The Looking Glass Revue, the Premier Classic Burlesque Troupe of The Lehigh Valley has burst on the international scene with their short film documentary, Small Town Diamonds that made a triumphant debut at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes France, will be screened for United States audiences on October 20th at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem PA. The film takes a behind the scenes look at the troupe’s local show and their fight to keep the tradition of Classic Burlesque alive in a modern world.
The documentary features re the troupe's executive producer, Kate Elfatah and Burlesque starlet, Mika Romantic. Elfatah has produced The Looking Glass Revue’s Burlesque Shows for over 5 years and is and is thrilled to add filmmaker to her list of impressive credentials. Elfatah has produced lounges and gifting suites during the Sundance Film Festival and the Oscars. Romantic is an award winning burlesque performer who has traveled the globe and has graced the stages of the world’s hottest venues gathering up accolades and awards along the way. Romantic also enjoys a robust Pin-Up and Alternative Modeling turn and has been published in several magazines.
The Looking Glass Revue has enjoyed modest success in a small market and continues to create shows on a shoestring budget. The troupe’s vision has remained constant since its inception and has stayed true to their original concept of presenting classic retro-fueled Burlesque. The Troupe’s motto has always been to the dedication and preservation of vintage live adult entertainment. The Looking Glass Revue’s show gleefully takes their cues and inspiration from the Holy Grail of Burlesque, the mid-century era, where the show was all about the slow burn and even slower tease.
The Troupe has experienced a multitude of changes, with members leaving and new one's onboarding; this may be due to the fact that Burlesque offers a very limited path to fame and offers little in financial stability. Romantic has been performing professionally for five years, along with troupe member, Ruby Von Vanity; they’ve become local celebrities. Go to any show and you will witness a throng of fans waiting to take photos with the beauties. However, the crossover can be seeped in difficulties to high visibility, from disapproving partners to making ends meet. When most performers are paid less than a few hundred dollars an act, it’s hard to find why these women continue to take their clothes off for far less than their strip club counterparts.
The short film will follows the troupe as it navigates the murky waters of an oversaturated market through the hard work and persistence it takes to produce a successful Burlesque Show in a small town where live entertainment has seen a steady decline. With raw footage and frank interviews, the movie sheds a refreshing light on the mysterious world of the showgirl.
The 25 minutes documentary showing will be accompanied by a short one act performance and a candid Q&A sessions with the cast and crew.
October 20, 2017
Showing at 8pm