"SQUONKumentary" tells the story of an unlikely Broadway transplant. In January of 2000, having completed a successful three month run at New York's P.S. 122, a funky troupe of Pittsburgh musicians suddenly find themselves preparing their off-beat show for Broadway. Combining puppetry, video projections, music, dance and audience participation, "Squonk: BigSmorgasbordWunderwerk" is more akin to its downtown, thrill-ride cousins, "De La Guarda," "Blue Man Group" and "Stomp" than to its new Broadway neighbors. Despite having an uplifting musical score, the Squonkers' lush, bizarre imagery quickly collides, often humorously, with realities of the show's survival. As the story unfolds, we follow show producers, performers, their families and friends as they try a number of unusual and inspired efforts to save "Squonk."
on 16mm film and peopled with quirky, lovable characters, "SQUONKumentary"
chronicles a poetical, noisy creation during its final weeks of rehearsal prior
to opening. It also provides a brief overview of the band's history using archival
video footage and photos. Employing a dash of the show's surrealism here, zest
from the creators' playfulness there, the film offers its own take on the "Squonk"
aesthetic using rough-hewn, in-camera techniques such as stop-motion animation,
time lapse and off-speed photography.
does an irreverent, non-narrative production from the Midwest find itself on
New York's Great White Way? How will an artist-driven show, an unconventional
David, triumph amid the commercial Goliaths of Broadway? Who are the creators
and performers of the show? And what planet are they from?
"SQUONKumentary" attempts to answer these and other burning questions, including the most ticklish of them all: what the heck is squonk?