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No Maps on My Taps
No Maps on My Taps
Documentary Feature
59 minutes
1979
Director(s): George T. Nierenberg
USA
 
Synopsis
George Nierenberg’s landmark 1979 film features music by Lionel Hampton and the tap-dancing artistry of “hoofers” Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold “Sandman” Sims. Rare photographs and film clips from 1930's Hollywood films provide the backdrop to the story of tap as an expression of African-American heritage and culture. The talent and charisma of the three dancers—and Nierenberg’s genuine love for them and their art—shines through in every frame of this joyous documentary.

Part of the tribute to Indie Institution Milestone Films. With director George Nierenberg and a live tap performance by Talent, OR’s own Suzanne Seiber. Bring your tap shoes and you will be invited to join the “tap-in” finale! 

Sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews) 
 
Director’s Statement

You can see the dancers’ personality in their art. You can’t separate one from the other. You can’t have Chuck Green doing Bunny Briggs. You can’t have Bunny Briggs doing Chuck Green—it doesn’t jive. What “Sandman” talks about in the film is very philosophical in the sense that he uses himself as an example of how he came to understand that you can’t duplicate anybody and still be your own artist. You have to find it yourself, in yourself, and that’s what makes somebody unique and special. There are plenty of imitators out there, but there are only a few who are real individuals. In art. In anything. In life. 
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