Award winning Houdini documentary premiers

Published On: Jun 04 2013 05:02:37 PM EDT

Eighty-one years after Houdini died on Halloween 1926, his great-nephew wants to exhume the magician's body to determine if enemies poisoned him for debunking their bogus claims of contact with the dead.


Los Angeles director Gene Gamache is premiering his Harry Houdini documentary June 7 at the Birmingham 8 Theater.

The premier will include a filmmaker question and answer period, along with the showing of handcuffs once owned by Houdini who died in Detroit on October 31, 1926.

In the award winning film, Gamache uncovers the truth about Houdini's life. Recently uncovered personal papers and memorabilia help shed light on what drove Houdini to secure his place in history.

In the documentary viewers will see never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with Houdini experts who focus on unlocking the myths surrounding one of the most compelling personalities of the 20th century.

The weeklong double bill will also include "A Circus Life", an intimate journey into the world of the early American Circus and Circus Parades, filmed mostly at the famed Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wis.

Through rare footage, Gamache shows how one Charles "Chappie" Fox single-handedly rescued hundreds of circus wagons from the ash bin of history and restored them to their original glory.

Gamache has won seven Key Art Awards from the Hollywood Reporter's annual competition for motion picture advertising.

He has worked as a trailer editor for such movie campaigns as "Men in Black", "Ghost", "Braveheart", "Forrest Gump", "The Rock", "Jurassic Park 3", "Marley and Me", "The Descendants" and "The Way, Way Back".

Houdini and A Circus Life will screen June 7 through June 13 at the Birmingham 8 at 250 N. Old Woodward.

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