Amy's Victory Dance

On May 1, 2009, Amy Jordan a New York City based former professional dancer crossed the street and was hit and ran over by a 15 ton New York City Express bus pinning her under the wheel, knocking her unconscious. As she regains awareness, she remembers having no feeling on the right side of her body. Her first thought, “Am I ever going to dance again?” Her second thought was “ If I survive the night there will be a Victory Dance ! “

  • Brian Thomas
    Director
    https://www.brianthomasfilms.com/
  • Brian Rubiano
    Producer
    Post-Producer (Dark Matter-Short Film; Amy's Victory Dance-Feature Documentary)); Producer (FollowLeadLOVE-Still in Production-Feature Documentary)
  • Brian Thomas
    Editor
  • Amy Jordan
    Main Subject
  • David Shenton
    Original Music
  • Frederick Rendina
    Consulting Producer
  • Francisco Fagan
    Additional Editor
  • Johnny Tsang
    Additional Camera Operators
  • Frank Angelcyk
    Additional Camera Operators
  • Mark Cruz
    Additional Camera Operators
  • Sutthaya Chalassathien
    Additional Camera Operators
  • Frederick Trevino of Beambox Studio
    Colorist
  • Nel Shelby Productions
    Performance Video
  • Basia Winograd
    Archival Footage
  • Ramon Morillo
    Archival Footage
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 22 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Sony FS7 422HQ)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 33rd Season of Virgin Spring Cinefest
    Kolkata
    India
    WINNER (GOLD)- Films on Disability Issue Category
  • 9th Season of World Film Carnival

    Singapore
    WINNER - Films on Disability Issue Category
  • ISTANBUL FILM AWARDS
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    WINNER- Best Feature Documentary Category (July 2020)
  • ISTANBUL FILM AWARDS
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    WINNER - Best Feature Film On Disability Issue Category (July 2020)
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata
    India
    WINNER-Films on Disability Issue Category (June 2020)
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata
    India
    WINNER- Experimental Films Category (June 2020)
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata
    India
    WINNER- Documentary Films Category (June 2020)
  • Tagore International Film Festival
    West Bengal
    India
    WINNER- Films on Disability Issue Category (May 2020)
  • Druk International Film Festival
    Paro
    Bhutan
    WINNER- Films on Disability Issue Category (May 2020)
  • Druk International Film Festival
    Paro
    Bhutan
    Outstanding Achievement Award - Documentary Films Category (May 2020)
  • Tagore International Film Festival
    West Bengal
    India
    Outstanding Achievement Award - Documentary Films Category ( May 2020)
  • 9th Season of World Film Carnival

    Singapore
    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Documentary Films Category
  • The IndieFest Film Awards
    La Jolla, California
    United States
    AWARD OF MERIT - Disability Issues (August 2020)
  • Changing Face International Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    SEMI-FINALIST (June 2020) -Documentary Feature Category
  • Madras Independent Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    HONORABLE MENTION- Documentary Feature Category
  • Reel Abilities Film Festival New York
    New York City
    United States
    April 5, 2020
    Virtual Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla, California
    United States
    AWARD of MERIT-Disability Issues (August 2020)
  • 2020 VIRTUAL REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL & Symposium

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Essex DocFest
    Colchester, Essex
    United Kingdom
    Semi-Finalist (Disability Category)
  • 2020 Breaking down barriers (The International Disability Film Festival)
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Festival Inclús (Barcelona International Film Festival)
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Official Selection
  • 2020 L-Dub Film Festival
    Palm Beach, Florida
    United States
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    WINNER- Best Documentary Feature
  • 2020 Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    WINNER- Best Message
  • 2020 Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    NOMINEE- Best Editing
  • 2020 Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    NOMINEE- Best Music
  • 2020 Global Health Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Global Independent Film Awards

    WINNER - Feature Documentary
  • 2020 Global Independent Film Awards

    WINNER - (Dis)Ability Theme
  • 2020 Anatolia International Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    FINALIST
  • 2020 Courage Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    Semi-Finalist - Documentary Feature Category
  • 2020 Short Long World Festival
    Corrientes
    Argentina
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Global Independent Film Awards

    Winner (Silver)- Best Choreography
  • 2020 Jean Luc Godard Award
    Kolkata
    India
    WINNER- Best Film on Disability Issue Category
  • 2021 DunedIn International Film Festival
    Dunedin, Florida
    United States
    WINNER-Best Documentary
  • 2020 LifeArt Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    Official Selection
  • 2021 Oaxaca Film Fest
    Oaxaca
    Mexico
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    Winner-Silver Award
  • 2020 Golden Galaxy Award
    West Bengal
    India
    WINNER- Best Film on Disability Issue Category
Director Biography - Brian Thomas

Brian was nominated for an Emmy Award for his choreography for the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special and received outstanding recognition from the national academy of television arts and sciences (Emmy Award) for his 10 years working as lead choreographer for PBS series, Sesame Street in 2010-2011. He was the Creative and Associate Director for Cirque Times Square for Cirque du Soleil. Brian is also the Producer/Director/Editor of the documentary Amy’s Victory Dance by SpinKick Pictures a company he owns and operates and was recently selected on Reel Abilities Film Fest New York and had its premiere virtual screening in April of 2020. He is also the Director and Editor of the Short Film Dark Matter with Desmond Richardson as the main character. Brian is also in the process of directing another feature documentary entitled FollowLeadLOVE under Transend'Daens Production partnering once again with Brian Rubiano as the Producer.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

I hope people are just a little more … awake. I remember going on the subway and you know… you don’t know what challenges people are facing. Being with Amy and traveling with her on the subways… people don’t get up… and she’s got her cane and people just get frustrated with her as if she’s in the way. I feel for Amy, but also I’ve been on the other side of that where I’m in a hurry and you see someone coming up the stairs and you put your headset in a little further because you want to blow past them since you have to be somewhere… but honestly I just want people to have a little more empathy for what we are all going through as individuals. Because now that I have met Amy, my perspective on life and on humanity has changed tremendously.

Patience. Empathy. That’s what I am hoping to communicate with this finished work. The need for patience and empathy. And the story of an amazing person who has been triumphant through many struggles and is as beautiful inside and out as she ever was.

I know that I don’t walk down the street the same way or ride the subway the same way after meeting Amy. I”m a little more conscious and awake. Especially when those buses are coming… I’m like… STEP BACK.

If she can get up there and dance after all the obstacles she’s facing… I think to myself… what excuse to you have? Amy is living proof that anything is possible.