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Beast and the Angel, The
Directed by
Shira Piven

USA / 2012 / 19:46

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The Beast and the Angel peers into the transformed life of Wayne Kramer, famed guitarist and founder of the influential American band the MC5. He once lived a life of rock and roll, radical politics and drug and alcohol addiction, doing prison time in his 20's, and finally getting clean at age fifty. Now fourteen years sober, Wayne's belief in service as a healing principle takes shape both through his music and his charity, Jail Guitar Doors, which brings guitars into prisons for inmate rehabilitation.
Shira Piven is the daughter of theatre people and established herself as a stage director in Chicago and later in New York, where she was the founder and artistic director of Water Theatre Company. Their hit show Pilgrims was and adapted and directed by Ms. Piven, produced by Mike Nichols and based on short stories from the collection Pilgrims in collaboration with the author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love.)

Her film Fully Loaded recently won the audience Favorite Feature award at Palm Beach International Film Festival, and Best Feature at The River's Edge International and Carmel Art and Film Festivals. Additionally, it screened at the Boston, San Luis Obispo, Talking Pictures and Newport Beach film festivals and was released by Starz. She recently directed The Beast and the Angel, a documentary short that premiered at Lincoln Center Film Society and aired on PBS.

She is currently directing a feature film titled Welcome To Me starring Kristen Wigg and Tim Robbins.

Cast/Featuring: Wayne Kramer, Margaret Saadi Kramer, Tom Morello, Don Was, Shepard Fairey
Director(s): Shira Piven
Cinematographer(s): Pedja Radenkovic
Editor(s): Amy Scott
Sound Designer(s): John Bennett


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