This independent feature-length documentary film by Peter Rosen goes behind the scenes at A Prairie Home Companion, and inside the imagination of the man who created it.
Garrison Keillor takes his skits and jokes, music and monologues across the country in this free form, intimate look at the private man in the public spotlight.
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|PBS Broadcast on American Masters July 1, 2009 at 8 p.m. (check your local listings).|
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Over one year of filming has 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. He is credited with reviving the virtually lost art of live radio entertainment in America; his weekly radio show, started in 1974, has more than 4 million listeners and is broadcast on 558 stations. Keillor and his characters leapt onto the big screen and an even wider global audience in Robert Altman's film, A Prairie Home Companion.
Keillor's down-home commentary and love of the authentically American, have made him into an "everyman philosopher." His highly entertaining radio show with songs and stories is written with a poet's heart. While comparisons will be made between him and America's great humorists and essayist - from H. L. Mencken to Mark Twain, James Thurber, Robert Frost, and Will Rogers, Garrison Keillor is unique. In this untraditional biography, we begin to see how and why.
86 minutes. Produced and Directed by Peter Rosen. Written by Sara Lukinson based on the monologues of Garrison Keillor. Executive Producers Susan Lacy and Sally Jo Fifer. Release date: June, 2008. PBS broadcast date: July 2009. A co-production of Peter Rosen Productions, Inc. American Masters and The Independent Television Service.
NOTE: Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes is an independent production and is in no way affiliated with A Prairie Home Companion, Prairie Home Productions, or American Public Media.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).