Dance on Camera 2012

Finding Billy

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Finding Billy
Joe Locarro, 2012
USA | 70 minutes

Introduction by director David Fernandez and Q&A with director Joe Locarro and 'Billys' – David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish, Trent Kowalik to follow the screenings.

This heartwarming documentary reveals the process of finding and casting the three original boys who played 'Billy' in Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway and includes interviews with the creative team during the rehearsal process leading up to its Broadway opening. The documentary aired on Channel 13 in 2008 and was nominated for two Emmy Awards. When the rights reverted to the director, he added an epilogue that brings the three Billy’s into the present. A tribute to the perseverance and sacrifice of the kids and their parents, this film now features new interviews with the multi-talented boys (who all jointly won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for playing ‘Billy’). They will join director Joe Locarro onstage for a reunion.

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White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS | David Schilirio & David Fernandez | USA | 2011 | 14m
A spirited behind-the-scenes look at 16 young dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet School, Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westport's Academy of Dance rehearsing a piece previously made on dancers of NYCB and ABT and now transposed for these gifted ballet students. Watching these exuberant girls in their crisp white shirts, black ties awry, soaring in the air in a grand jeté is solid proof that America’s budding dance talent is not restricted to Dancing with the Stars.

Series: Dance on Camera 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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