The world of New York City ballet may have be completely lost on those who live outside the community, but director Jody Lipes feels he’s figured out the perfect way to communicate the trials and tribulations of an exclusive ballet company to a wider audience than it has gotten before in his documentary “Ballet 422.”
Tell us about yourself. I live on the Upper West Side of New York City with my wife Ellen Bar, but I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. I really love movies, filmmaking, Charlie Rose, Norm MacDonald, clothes, and food.
What was the biggest challenge in completing this project? Figuring out how to communicate the rules and language of a ballet company to an audience who has little or no knowledge of that world.
What do you have in the works? Putting together my first scripted feature as a director, and gearing up to DP a romantic comedy scheduled for a 2015 release.
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