They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby for Mormon Movie

Filmmaker Xan Aranda continues a Chicago tradition and her own innovative fundraising strategy for Mormon Movie by hosting "They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular" at Chicago's The Hideout on February 2nd. You're invited. In fact, you would be mad to miss it. Just let us tell you one more thing about it to convince you: Ameena Matthews will be there, judging your moves.

Here's more information from the Facebook event page:

"It's not about skill. This is a dance party for everyone, with prizes. Wallflowers & witnesses welcome, celebrated.

Our third Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular! Always a blast, this one benefits production of MORMON MOVIE by Xan Aranda (Kartemquin Films), director of the multi award-winning ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR.

Support independent film with esteemed Judges:
Ameena Matthews of THE INTERRUPTERS
Leah Karpel (Steppenwolf) of Victory Gardens Theater's THE WHALE
with DJ All The Way Kay + DJ Treetop Lover

PRIZES, SURPRISES, GLORY

This event is made possible by generous in-kind donations from SPINDRIFT SODA, POP CHIPS, LONGMAN AND EAGLE, STRANGE CARGO, BLACK DOG GELATO, THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE, VICTORY GARDENS THEATER, KARTEMQUIN FILMS, artists RYAN DUGGAN and GARRET KAROL, and others.

** Everyone is welcome to dance throughout the event! **
Dancers angling for prizes will wear a glow-bracelet, letting the Judges know who to watch for the competition. Don't be shy! Get in there.

"They Shoot Indies, Don't They?" was inspired by "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" the legendarily tragic Depression-era book-turned-film, but is instead a more cozy, lively affair, featuring a wide variety of music. Instead of a life-threatening dance marathon as in the original story, "They Shoot Indies, Don't They?" is intended to raise awareness for the support of local filmmakers and is not about skill, nor does it span for days.

Past winners were people on the dance floor who may not have had the snazziest moves, but the music had a hold of them and they just couldn't stop. That kind of inner inferno and gumption is similar to what fuels an independent filmmaker. We salute it.

How the night goes:
- Warm-up entertainers kick things off
- Open Dancing (like an "all-skate", everyone dances)
- Shakedown Round (everyone dances while competitors dance)
- Heartbreak Round (finalists are selected)
- Final Three Throwdown
- Grand Prize Winner declared
- Everyone dances again!

Sat, February 2, 2013
Doors: 7:00 pm.
Tickets via Hideout: $10 advance, $12 door, 21 & Over."

GET TICKETS HERE.