Kaitlyn Regehr and Nimisha Mukerji

TIFF 13: Nimisha Mukerji and Kaitlyn Regehr talk ‘Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen’

by W. Andrew Powell

Filmmakers Nimisha Mukerji and Kaitlyn Regehr have a mission: they want to bring the story of American burlesque dancer Tempest Storm to audiences, and between their Kickstarter campaign and taking their idea to the Pitch This! competition at the Toronto International Film Festival, it looks like it’s just a matter of time before they make it happen.

So, what’s Tempest Storm’s story? Once upon a time she was reputed to be the mistress of Elvis and JFK, and she was friends with Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. Now a spry 84 years old, she continues to be well known, especially among the burlesque scene, and Mukerji and Regehr have already spent time with her gathering footage.

Interviewing the two filmmakers before TIFF kicked off, I asked them how they got involved in this project, what really got them motivated to shoot the film, and how they’re going to pitch the idea to the Pitch This! competition, which could be worth $15,000.

It’s also worth mentioning that this is one of the first projects that will launch with Kickstarter’s debut in Canada on September 9.

Watch the interview below, which also includes a few clips that could end up in Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen.

Watch the full playlist of TIFF 13 interviews and videos on YouTube.

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