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Susan Seidelman’s Dance Romance Musical Chairs To Hit Theaters in March 2012

Susan Seidelman's Dance Romance Musical Chairs To Hit Theaters in March 2012

“Boynton Beach Club” director Susan Seidelman’s latest, the romantic dance drama “Musical Chairs” will be released by Mark Urman’s Paladin Films in March 2012. The film starring rookies Leah Pipes and E.J. Bonilla as dancers in love in contemporary New York debuted as a work in progress at the Woodstoick Film Festival and will first officially debut at Lincoln Center on January 28th as the centerpiece film of their annual “Dance On Camera” festival.
Set in the world of competitive ballroom dancing, “Musical Chairs” stars Bonilla as a Bronx Latino would-be dancer; he works as a handyman at the Manhattan dance studio where East Side Princess Mia (Pipes) is the star. When an accident ends her dancing career, at his behest she moves into training for a wheelchair ballroom dance competition.

“As in all her best work, Susan has put seemingly marginal characters front and center in her film,” says Urman, “and shows us not what makes them different, but what makes them just like us. Her customary blend of wit and warmth is evident in every frame.”

Seidelman’s films include “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Smithereens,”“Making Mr. Right,” “Cookie,” and “She Devil,” as well as the pilot for the HBO series “Sex And The City.”
Producer Janet Carrus first had the idea of building a film around wheelchair ballroom dancing, an activity more popular in Europe and Asia.
Paladin’s recent theatrical releases include Tom Shadyac’s “I AM” and Tiffany Shlain’s documentary, “Connected.” Also set for March  is Taika Waititi’s New Zealand hit “Boy.”

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amy m. threeet

It's great that producer Janet Carrus looked at the world of wheelchair dance, but odd that she came up w/a film that included few "real" wheelchair Performers w/Disabilities who actually specialize in studying and performing wheelchair dance. There are a few in the film, but not enough. Auditions were held which cast mostly ablebodied performers who were then given "Wheelchair dance workshops" so they could learn how to use the chairs. As a background performer on the film, having communicated via e-mail w/ the director, I was informed that they couldn't fine enough "real wheelchair dancers" in NYC. If anyone had bothered to check w/ Screen Actors Guild website IACTOR, which is how myself and a few other background performers were found, it would have been clear this was not the case. Enjoy the film, just realize what you are looking at….a missed opportunity to employ real disabled people.

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