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Improvement Club

A hybrid narrative film with doses of mockumentary, musical comedy and dance film, "Improvement Club" traces a rag-tag Seattle performance group’s attempt to expose the American Revolution’s fatal flaws. When the ensemble loses their shot at a New York premiere, their desperate wish for an audience takes them into the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest on what becomes a surreal pursuit of trust, togetherness and the true motivation behind their work. Loosely based on the making of director Dayna Hanson’s real-life performance, "Gloria’s Cause".

Director: Dayna Hanson

Producer: Mel Eslyn, Dayna Hanson

Screenwriter: Dayna Hanson

Cinematographer: Benjamin Kasulke

Editor: Sean Donavan

Production Designer: Tania Kupczak

Sound Designer: Vinny Smith

Music: Today!

Principal Cast: Maggie Brown, Dave Proscia, Wade Madsen, Jessie Smith, Pol Rosenthal, Peggy Piacenza, Paul Matthew Moore, Jim Kent, Dayna Hanson


Dayna Hanson has been creating dance theater, film & music for 25 years. Her dance films have screened internationally and from 2011-2012 she toured North America with her production, "Gloria’s Cause". Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow in choreography, a US Artists Oliver Fellow in dance & recipient of the 2012 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award.

Public Film Contact
Mel Eslyn
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