Andrew Gersh

Documentary Editor for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond

The Burning Wigs of Sedition


The Burning Wigs of Sedition is a post-moral tale of self-obsession, finery and the ephemeral nature of oppression. The steamy belly of the creaking ancient galleon is a place of Sisyphean suffering. Callused hands blister on oars to the beat of drums and the cracking whip. The toil of the rowing slaves goes unnoticed by the libertine who lounges nearby sipping his effervescent elixirs. The galley master however is not without compassion and attempts to secure a bottle of liquor for the slaves. The libertine thwarts his egalitarian efforts — but the galley master has had enough. This high seas dispute can only be resolved by a dance off.

The Burning Wigs of Sedition has screened at the National Gallery of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Seattle International Film Festival 2011, SFFS’s Cinema by the Bay 2010, Perth Revelation Film Festival, (Australia) and Rooftop Films (NYC). It was awarded a Best of Festival prize at the Black Maria Film Festival in 2011, Woodstock Film Festival, Frameline, and an Audience Award at SF IndieFest 2011.

Directed by Anna Fitch, Written by Simon Cheffins, Executive Producers: The Extra Action Marching Band. Read more here.