"Pop Star" to open in New York on June 11
Weir documentary to close NewFest Film Festival in Manhattan
|Johnny Weir is excited that a documentary about his life will finally be in theaters. (courtesy Fireworks)|
(05/21/2009) - NEW YORK - The Johnny Weir feature film documentary, Pop Star on Ice, will have its New York premiere at NewFest on Thursday, June 11, the festival's closing night. The film will screen at the School of Visual Arts Theater at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the festival's Web site. The film will screen on the festival circuit throughout the summer, before airing on the Sundance Channel in the fall to coincide with the ISU Grand Prix Series. Pop Star on Ice will have its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 24. Pop Star on Ice is an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes portrait of Weir, an Olympian and three-time U.S. champion. The film tracks the ups and downs of Weir's career, from his late start in the sport at age 12 to his meteoric rise to winning the world junior championship four years later, his three national victories, the aftermath of his 2006 Olympic experience and his coaching change. "I am excited for the documentary release because it gives people the opportunity to see what my life is like outside of the glitz and glamour and shows them what my life is really like behind the scenes," Weir stated. "I'm so happy to open myself and my world to fans of figure skating and people who are just getting to know me for the first time. I want people to laugh and cry when they watch the movie. "I hope I can help to show the world what it takes to be a world-class figure skater and give them a three-dimensional idea of what the life of a figure skater is like." Weir recently joined the Board of Governors of nPlay, a non-profit organization that is uniting athletes from across the sports world devoted to fighting childhood obesity and a healthy lifestyle for young Americans. Weir also recently announced a self-designed fashion line called "Be Unique" that will be launched in Korea in the upcoming weeks. His next scheduled competition will be at the 2009 Grand Prix Series this fall. For more information on Pop Star on Ice, visit the Web site.