Keri Pickett

The Fabulous Ice Age Documentary Film

Keri Pickett 's fundraiser for IFP MINNESOTA CENTER FOR MEDIA ARTS


“The Fabulous Ice Age”, one man's quest to save the history of the great American touring ice shows.

  • I started this film because my uncle Roy Blakey has the largest archive documenting the 100 year history of theatrical ice skating and so Roy is the historian, guide and passport into the ice show world.
  • This my way to honor my uncle Roy Blakey and his amazing achievement of collecting a museum quality archive of this unique and very glamourous history.
  • I have interviewed the pioneers of the industry and the people who were there when the ice shows Ice Follies, Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice and Sonja Henie's Hollywood Ice Review dominated live entertainment and they bring this story to life.
  • I have scanned hundreds of archival images and I have had hundreds of feet of 8 mm and 16 mm film transfered in order to include never before scene footage of the shows in the documentary.
  • This film has been five years in the making and has been largly self-funded by Keri Pickett along with generous donations from her family.

  • Movie clips, movie posters, show costumes and many black-and-white images spotlight Norway’s Sonja Henie, considered the “mother” of the ice shows.
  • Classic PR photos of chorus lines in amazing costumes that introduce viewers to Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies, the first touring ice show in America.
  • Through a movie clip from “Pin Up Girl,” we meet Gloria Nord, a legend who helped pioneer a ballet- style approach to skating, initially on wheels and later on ice.
  • Former skaters tell inside stories such as how Ice Capades management required skaters to attend mass, turned backstage phone booths into confessionals and had bed checks at night.
  • Thanks to the invention of larger portable ice rinks, the ice shows traveled to far-flung countries. Captured in still photos and posters are images of the sell-out crowds in unlikely venues from Roman coliseums to Mexican bullrings to European football stadiums.
  • Newspaper headlines reveal how ice shows went behind the Iron Curtain as part of a cultural exchange, putting skaters in the surprising role of artist ambassadors for the West.
  • Rare film footage and photos capture the emotional reaction of Eastern Block audiences to Holiday on Ice’s grand finale, presenting American and host country flags, side by side.
  • Backstage photos show heads of state and royalty, including the Nikita Khrushchev, Nehru, King Constantine of Greece, Princess Grace Kelly, and the king and queen of Thailand mingling with ice show cast members.
  • Dynamic former skater turned producer, Tom Collins, pioneered exhibition-style shows featuring reigning Olympic champions performing competition numbers, one at a time, which in time spelled the end of Ice Follies, Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice, as skaters and audiences had previously known them.
  • Kenneth Feld and his father purchase Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice and retire the ice shows in order to develop a more family friendly show - Disney on Ice.

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Suite 100 St Paul, MN 55114




Help Build IFP Minnesota's New Media Arts Center

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