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THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER
USA: IFC Films
Cast: Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Cheech Marin, Sheila Tousey, T-Bone Burnett, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson
Director: Michael Almereyda
USA: 90 mins
USA Release Date: 21 April 2004 (Limited Release)
After appearing in Michael Almereyda's film version of HAMLET (in which he played the ghost), Sam Shepard invited the filmmaker to document the staging of his most recent play, "The Late Henry Moss," when it premiered in San Francisco in the fall of 2000. Almereyda and a small crew were given access to rehearsals and preview performances leading into opening night, and the project evolved into something more intimate and multi-layered than a straight record of the play. The resulting documentary is a remarkable group portrait - a vivid look at masterful performers working their way through a process of creative discovery.