The Fabulous Ice Age: A story that needs to be told

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By Vladislav Luchianov

I am deeply convinced that without good knowledge of history is impossible to understand the present and confidently look ahead to the future. This applies to all aspects of our life.

It’s no secret that today’s figure skating is quite far from its past popularity. The reasons for this are different. Ignorance, disrespect and neglect of history are some of them. However, there are people who in spite of all obstacles value the history of what they love with all the heart. Keri Pickett is one of such people. Already six years she’s creating a truly unique project: The Fabulous Ice Age – A documentary film on a century of theatrical skating.

“The Fabulous Ice Age” chronicles the era of the great American touring ice shows revealing how, with their dazzling production numbers and variety acts, they dominated family entertainment for decades. It also depicts one skater’s quest to keep this history from being forgotten.

The ice shows’ creation and success changed the lives of skaters and audiences alike – eventually exporting American culture around the world. Rare archival footage, candid interviews with producers, skating legends and devoted chorus gypsies bring this never-before-told history of a uniquely American art form to life.

This project is near completion and I was surprised that the only reason it is still in the making is financial. The author and creators of the film had to ask help of ordinary people… It’s strange and sad that no federation (including ISU) or sponsors, whose names we often see on the boards during skating competitions, were interested in this project.

However, I believe that with a sincere love and passion of the creators and with a help of skating community The Fabulous Ice Age will be finished and released soon.

Read more about the film>>>

If you’re interested, please visit the page for donations>>>

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days ~Winston Churchill

The Fabulous Ice Age – Trailer

Pictures: icestagearchive

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3 Responses to The Fabulous Ice Age: A story that needs to be told
  1. [...] So there are lessons to be learned from putting your neck out on the highway. Today some of my tweets were picked up by a beautiful skater named Rachael Flatt. Isn’t that a beautiful name? Well she has 14,000 and some followers. Wow. Amazing. So a retweet in those numbers seems positive. There there was this very touching comment about my having to ask ordinary people on the blog post from Vladislav Luchianov, The Fabulous Ice Age: A story that needs to be told. [...]

  2. Keri Pickett says:

    As the film’s creator I was really touched by your comment about having to ask ordinary people for help. That truth brought tears to the eye and yet I have to say so many have come in to help me tell this very important story. Dick Button – the voice of figure skating – is my biggest champion. Thanks also go to Tom Collins of Champions on Ice, Kenneth Feld of Disney on Ice and Stars on Ice for allowing me to include their footage without a fee. If there were a fee then doc might not be able to include the present day shows. So I have had help along the way… but I could sure use some more!

    Please donate a small amount if you can!

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