The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, at Cinevision
June 25, 2009
About one hundred Cornerstone members and their guests met at Cinevision, a private screening theatre, for a showing of Peter Rosen’s The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes. Prior to the screening, we had an opportunity to meet and mingle over a glass of wine and some excellent hors d’oeuvres.
America’s foremost humorist and commentator, Garrison Keillor, takes his skits and jokes, music and monologues across the country in his traveling radio show, spinning his stories into American gold. This free form, intimate look at the private man in the public spotlight goes behind the scenes of America’s most popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, and inside the imagination of the man who created it.
Over one year of filming resulted in an unusual portrait that cannot be defined by the standard terms of chronological biography: the subject himself is an enigma, and the fictional world he has created has become a real place in America. The film follows the writer/performer as he mingles fact and fiction to create one of America’s favorite places, Lake Wobegon.
Today, there is no one like him. His take on America is both pungent and poignant. In the best tradition of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, Keillor mixes story telling and humor to give us a light hearted but deeply felt reflection of ourselves. A prolific author with more than 20 books to his credit and a weekly column, he is also a highly sought after speaker and lecturer.
The members who came to see the movie were avid Garrison fans and, judging from the applause that followed the movie, it seems that the evening was a great success!