“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.”