Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

No Maps On My Taps

1979, George T. Nierenberg, USA, 59 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 1st 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 1st 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 2nd 8:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 3rd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Sep 4th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 5th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 6th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Sep 7th 6:00pm

"The films, which I consider the two best ever made about the art, didn’t just record tap history; they became part of it, helping to stoke a revival." — Brian Seibert, The New York Times

Three veteran African American tap dance masters — Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Howard “Sandman” Sims — tell their stories, reminisce, and dance their hearts out in a documentary that single-handedly launched a tap revival and became an international hit in the process. This 2K restoration of tap aficionado Nierenberg’s (SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY) joyous tribute to the art sparkles anew as the three stars perform at the Harlem club Small’s Paradise, accompanied by Lionel Hampton and his orchestra. History flows from fleet feet when Green dances “Caravan,” Briggs runs through a sequence of “rhythm” dancing, and Sims demonstrates the evolution of the unique technique that earned him the “Sandman” moniker. There’s much more, including priceless historical clips that include Bill Robinson tapping up a staircase with Shirley Temple.

Preceded by ABOUT TAP (1985, George T. Nierenberg, USA, 25 min.), featuring Gregory Hines paying tribute to Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, and Chuck Green, three of the Apollo Theater tap stars who had awed him as a child. Both in DCP digital. (BS)

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