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Someone had to make a film about Shep Gordon. Gordon is a music industry legend, a Hollywood manager whose stellar career saw him befriend almost every celebrity you can name and whose clientele ranged from Blondie to Alice Cooper. In “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”, Mike Myers tries his hand at documenting to catch the life and times of the legend on film.
Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. His career began in 1968, when he stayed at a Los Angeles motel and got punched in the face by Janis Joplin. Sitting around the pool the next day, Joplin apologised and introduced him to Jimi Hendrix. After finding out Gordon was Jewish, Hendrix immediately asked, “Do you want to be a manager?”. Gordon said yes, of course, and so began his career.
Gordon has become a beacon in the music industry, beloved by countless stars he encountered throughout his career. “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”, combines Gordon’s own memories of his life with the anecdotes of other Hollywood insiders and celebrities to create a stunning portrait of a real super mensch. His unlikely story is told through the eyes of those who know him best: his friends, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.
While Gordon is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, his taste for drugs, sex, and rock’n’roll is matched only by his unwavering capacity for kindness, what Myers has described as an “egalitarian vibe of loveliness.” A Buddhist, Gordon is friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children. He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef.” Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep’s imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today.
In his debut as a director, Myers has teamed up with his hero to make a fantastic film jam-packed full of hilarious anecdotes and archive footage, which traces Gordon’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to a practicing Buddhist. “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” has been screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and won the audience award for best documentary at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival.