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Logline: "Looking at the Stars" is a feature-length documentary about the first and only ballet school for the blind in the world, located in São Paulo, Brazil, focusing on Geyza, the school’s prima ballerina and on Thalia, a teenager who dreams of independence.
"Looking at the Stars" is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the extraordinary ballerinas at the world’s only ballet school for the blind—the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind. The stories of these dancers go beyond the challenge of learning to dance without a visual reference. Like many of us, these women want to be good professionals, partners, friends. They want to be relevant and self-sufficient. They work fiercely to become the best versions of themselves. The film started as a short, which won a Student Oscar in 2015, and is currently expanding to feature length.
Alexandre Peralta – Director, Editor, Producer ("Sonshine," "Daughter of Fortune")
Mark Harris – Executive Producer, Oscar-winning documentarian ("Code Black," "Darfur Now," "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," "The Long Way Home," "Doctors of the Dark Side")
Alejandro Ernesto Martinez – Cinematographer, Producer ("Mandala," "Vimana")
Corina Maritescu – Producer ("A Different Tree," "White Girl")
Chao Thao – Producer ("Beyond the Echo of the Drum," "The Hunting Ground")
Melissa Rebelo Kerezsi – Producer
About the Film:
"Looking at the Stars" began as a short film at USC three years ago. Since then, the short film has won the Gold Medal at the Student Oscars in 2015. But the short film was only the beginning of the story. The unprecedented access the young women at the Bianchini Association granted us, as well as the power and beauty of their dream, brought us back to work on the feature-length movie. It only takes meeting these amazing women for two minutes before you can see why: this is an inspiring, uplifting story about the courage to overcome adversity.
Current Status: We have picture locked, and are fundraising on Kickstarter in order to complete post production, including color correction, audio description and design.