Exclusive: Storyville Entertainment preps Gloria Gaynor doc

The New York-based prodco will follow the I Will Survive singer as she heads to Nashville to record an album of inspirational songs. (Left: Gaynor; right: Storyville's Betsy Schechter)
June 3, 2016

New York-based prodco Storyville Entertainment is prepping a feature documentary for 2017 release following disco icon Gloria Gaynor.

The prodco, headed by president Betsy Schechter (right) will follow the singer (left), known for such hits as I Will Survive and Never Can Say Goodbye, as she heads to Nashville to record an album of inspirational songs with a variety of musical collaborators.

The company aims to have the project ready for the festival circuit in 2017. Executive producers will include Schechter and Gaynor, with Schechter also directing.

“I am honored to finally tell my story from a place of true victory,” said Gaynor in a statement. “I’m battle tested and have survived. I pray it brings hope, encouragement, a bit of laughter and some answers to those who are seeking truth on their journey through life.”

“Gloria is a remarkable and unstoppable talent – her music was ground-breaking for the disco era and three decades later she continues to have successful international air play and perform concerts with her band in front of tens of thousands of fans around the globe each year,” added Schechter. “This documentary will explore her tale of personal strength, track her career and highlight her inspirational journey.”

This is Storyville’s second music-related doc project. Its first was the docuseries The Ride for MTV International, which featured such artists as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Demi Lovato among others.

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