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