John Hemmer Archive

John Hemmer and the Showgirls

The John Hemmer Archive documents a unique period in live entertainment history. Illustrated by way of a documentary film, a digital and physical collection from a wealth of record types, this project chronicles stage performer experiences during the nightclub era of the mid-20th century.

Told through the eyes of singer/entertainer John Hemmer, the documentary, John Hemmer & the Showgirls, interweaves the broader New York nightclub phenomena with Hemmer’s personal and artistic journey and that of his community’s.

This website makes available the film for community screening events and film festivals. It offers to site visitors oral histories and various memorabilia and text journaling this cultural history.

The John Hemmer Collection consists of material on this site and physical artifacts. These assets are currently being cataloged for gifting to an appropriate library or archive to ensure its availability and long-term preservation.

First Prize, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Best Music: Culver City Film Festival 2017
2018 Official Selection, Cinema on the Baou


opening date city theater name
11/17/2019 Lake Worth,  Florida Bellaggio Residents' Association
07/23/2019 New Hope,  Pennsylvania New Hope Film Festival
06/22/2019 North Beach,  Maryland North Beach American Film Festival
06/18/2019 Shelter Island,  NY Shelter Island Public Library
06/05/2019 Hollywood,  Florida Hollywood Florida Film Festival
05/01/2019 Boynton Beach,  Florida Boynton Beach Short Film Festival
04/30/2019 Coxsackie,  New York Heermance Memorial Library
03/31/2019 Las Vegas,  Nevada Las Vegas Clark County Library
02/19/2019 Bonita Springs,  Florida Bonita Springs International Film Festival
01/24/2019 Liverpool,  New York Liverpool Public Library
01/17/2019 Gainesville,  Florida Library Partnership Branch
01/12/2019 Miami,  Florida Miami-Dade Public Library Main Branch
01/04/2019 New York,  NY Edie Windsor SAGE Center
11/27/2018 Utica,  New York Utica Public Library
11/10/2018 Alexandria,  Virginia Alexandria Film Festival
11/06/2018 Bloomfield,  NY Bloomfield Public Library
11/04/2018 Delray Beach,  Florida Delray Beach Public Library
11/05/2018 Yonkers,  New York The Yonkers Film Festival
10/23/2018 New York,  NY Greenwich Village Film Festival
10/21/2018 Ridgefield,  Connecticut Ridgefield Independent Film Festival
10/20/2018 Milford,  Pennsylvania Black Bear Film Festival
10/07/2018 Laughlin,  Nevada Laughlin International Film Festival
09/23/2018 Jersey City,  New Jersey Golden Door International Film Festival
09/21/2018 Amelia Island,  Florida The Rendezvous Film Festival
09/16/2018 Englewood,  NJ Lillian Booth Actors Home
09/15/2018 Gallup,  New Mexico Gallup Film Festival
08/17/2018 Port St. Lucie,  Florida Treasure Coast International Film Festival
07/13/2018 Bellmore,  NY Long Island International Film Expo
06/22/2018 Far Rockaway,  NY St. John's Episcopal Hospital
04/28/2018 New York City,  NY Manhattan Film Festival
04/27/2018 Muskogee,  OK Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
01/26/2018 Lafayette,  LA Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
12/08/2017 Culver City,  CA Culver City Film Festival
08/10/2017 Providence,  RI Rhode Island International Film Festival

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  • Mark Mori Producer
  • Kirsten Larvick Producer/Director
  • Randy Stulberg Cinematorgrapher
  • Tedd Firth Original Music
  • Judd Blaise Editor/Graphics
  • Alex Keipper Additional Editor
  • Ray Parada Additional Camera/Graphics
  • Laura Petrella Additional Camera
  • Madeline Kennedy Assistant Editor
  • Spencer Nachman Outreach Research


  • Kirsten Larvick Archivist/Producer/
    Story Editor
  • Matt Frost Graphic Design
  • Miriam Frost User Experience & Code
  • Judd Blaise Video Editor/
  • Alex Keipper Video Editor
  • Cynthea Mazur Diaz Video Animation

We continue to research mid-century Manhattan nightclub culture.

If you have stories, footage, or images you’d like to share with us, please contact us here.

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