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  • James Kinney
  • James Kinney
  • Nicole LaFountaine
    Nicole LaFountaine is a NY based producer and founder of Straighten Your Crown Productions. Nicole has worked in various regional and NY based theater companies including Playwrights Horizons and The Really Useful Company as assistant to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nicole is a member of the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and a benefit committee member of the Fire Island Dance Festival hosted by Dancers Responding to AIDS. Nicole has also produced several productions with The Fire Island Arts Project, including Broadway Bares Fire Island in conjunction with BCEFA.
  • James Kinney
  • Ryan Steele
    Key Cast
    Broadway: Carousel, Newsies (Astaire Award nom), Matilda, West Side Story (Baby John), Billy Elliot (upcoming: Once Upon A One More Time) Tour: An American In Paris (Jerry Mulligan) Other stage: The Music Man (Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line (NY City Center), The Wild Party (NY City Center), In Your Arms (The Old Globe), Carousel (Houston Grand Opera). Film/TV: FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Ted 2, Five Dances, NBC's Peter Pan Live, Smash, most recently Netflix’s I’m Thinking Of Ending Things
  • Yesenia Ayala
    Key Cast
    YESENIA AYALA - Broadway: West Side Story (Anita/2020 revival), Carousel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Film/TV: West Side Story (Spielberg remake), Fosse/Verdon, Modern Love. Off Broadway: Sweet Charity (The New Group), Trip Of Love. Tour: West Side Story (Int/Nat). Other: Bombshell: In Concert, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC). Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Anita in WSS), 3 time Chita Rivera Nominee for best female dancer, Chita Rivera winner for best ensemble (Carousel). Dance Magazine “25 to watch“ 2021. BFA from East Carolina University. Instagram @ayalaye
  • Jessica Lee Goldyn
    Key Cast
    Broadway/NY: A Chorus Line (Val/Cassie), Hello Dolly!, Finding Neverland, Tuck Everlasting, On The Town (Ivy Smith) City Center Encores! National Tour: Fosse Regional: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Damn Yankees (Lola), South Pacific (Nelly), Crazy For You (Polly), Chicago (Roxie/Velma) TV/Film: Every Little Step, Smash, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Drop Dead Diva, Staten Island.
  • Blake Zeleznikar
    Key Cast
    Theater credits: Tour: Mean Girls, Phantom of the Opera, An American In Paris, Flashdance TV: Marvelous Miss Maisel Dancer, SNL
  • Caleb Marshall
    Key Cast
    Moulin Rouge The Musical OBC Good Morning America “Moulin Rouge” “Places Please” short film “Midding” short film “Carol of the Bells” Choe Flowers music video “West Side Story” with the Nashville Symphony
  • Arisa Odaka
    Key Cast
    Broadway/Off Broadway The King and I Ensemble Dir. Bartlett Sher Vivian Beaumont Theater Christmas Spectacular Ensemble Dir. Julie Branam Radio City Music Hall Regional The King and I Ensemble Dir. Alan Muraoka Lyric Theater, OK Christmas Spectacular Ensemble Dir. Dennis Callahan Grand Ole Opry, TN A Christmas Carol The Ghost of Dir. Marshall Jones, III Crossroad Theater, NJ Christmas Future Theme Park Big Band Beat Dancer Dir. Ai Yuko Nakama Tokyo Disney Resort Other Easter Bonnet Opening Dancer Chor. James A Kinney Minskoff Theater Dancers For Good Dancer Chor. Christpher Vo Ross School
  • Michael Graceffa
    Key Cast
    BROADWAY Aladdin The Cher Show Ensemble Ensemble/ Rob Camilletti u/s Broadway - Disney Theatrics Broadway (OBC) - Vamp Productions TOURS/ NEW YORK Aladdin Matilda The Last Word Catch Me If You Can Shopkeeper/ Ensemble Rudolpho Billy Joe 1/ Ensemble Jack Barnes/ Ensemble First Nat. Tour (OTC)- Disney Theatrics First Nat. Tour- Royal Shakespeare Co. New York Musical Festival (NYMF) First Nat. Tour (OTC) – Troika Entertainment TELEVISION The 73rd Annual Tony Awards The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel EP: 305 Last Week with John Oliver S06 E29 The Cher Show Ensemble Principal Dancer Kick-line Dancer CBS Amazon Prime Network HBO REGIONAL Carousel West Side Story Mary Poppins Man of La Mancha Chicago The Music Man The Addams Family West Side Story South Pacific 42nd Street Carnival Boy Indio/ Bernardo Park Keeper Tenorio Ensemble Ensemble Bernardo Stew Pot Ensemble Arena Stage Signature Theatre Pittsburgh CLO North Shore Music Theatre Maine State Music Theatre Fulton Theatre Music Theatre Wichita
  • Cajai Fellows
    Key Cast
    Cajai is an actress, dancer, singer who lives in NYC. Her credits include TV: The Fae (Bria), Knicks City Dancer(MSG). Theater: Frozen on Broadway, High Button Shoes City Center Encores! The Lion King (Young Nala - 1st National Tour) The Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow, La Traviata, Aida, Adriana Lecouvreur (Venus) She is also a passionate fine artist. Cajai’s degree is a BFA in Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Boston.
  • Connor Schwantes
    Key Cast
    Trip of Love (Offbway), Dancer for Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and featured dancer for Obama's Capitol 4th of July Event. Associate Choreographer for Other World, a new musical, various regional shows and tours, but most importantly just a jazzer in a time where people need it most.
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  • Genres:
    dance, short, independent, drama, romance, lgbtq
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • 2020 New York Short Film Festival

    Award Winner
  • Artists For Hope Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    February 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 2021 Utah Dance Film Festival
    Orem, Utah
    United States
    May 28, 2029
    Official Selection
  • 2021 Experimental Film and Music Video Festival

    United States
    February 18, 2021
    Best Performance
  • 2021 Opine Dance Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    March 25, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Venice Shorts
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival
    Phoenix, AZ
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Screen Dance International
    Detroit, MI
    United States
    September 9, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - James Kinney

From stage to screen, James Kinney's celebrated artistic vision has established him as a respected voice in the world of dance entertainment.

Kinney was named BroadwayWorld's Best Choreographer for his work on Phoenix Theatre's NEWSIES, and Casa Mañana's Children of Eden, created celebrated pieces for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS annual Easter Bonnet Celebration at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, and created world-premier pieces for Fire Island Dance Festival and Hudson Valley Dance Festival, as well as several ballets in repetoire with New Jersey Ballet.  Kinney's choreography has been seen on such iconic stages as The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, The Old Globe, The Kimmel Center and The Marquis Theatre on Broadway. Mr. Kinney's work has also bridged the worlds of dance and fashion, having directed and choreographed acclaimed events for Hermès of Paris.

Today, his work can be seen on stages and television screens around the country, with over 50 musical theatre productions choreographed under his belt. He's become known as a vital asset in creating new and innovative movement for musical theatre, the concert dance world, film and television, and live events, all while staying uniquely true to his artistic vision of smart, meaningful movement, oozing with style.

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Director Statement

Twelve years ago, I was commissioned to create a ballet of my choosing, one of my first endeavors in choreography on a grand scale. The piece took shape as a three piece suite, entitled MARCH, which premiered at Lincoln Center and the Alvin Ailey Studio Theatre in New York City. The second movement in particular spoke to the humanity of life in New York City; love, connection, path’s crossed. Cut to 2020. Broadway and virtually every other stage was shuttered. I, along with the rest of my community, was left to wonder what was next. In the midst of what felt like a spiral of uncertainty and isolation, I realized that what I needed, and perhaps what my community of artists needed, was to find that human connection again. Myself, along with my collaborator, cinematographer, and dear friend, Pierre Marais, decided that now was the time for that second movement to come to life cinematically. This was not without its challenges. How on earth does out team of two independent creatives gather a cast, rehearse, and film on location in the midst of a global pandemic? It was imperative to put safety and the severity of the circumstance at the forefront if we were to move forward. Every measure was taken to observe the safety guidelines set before us by our local, state and national leadership, as well as following a testing practice set forth by our unions. Much of this filmmaking process was done virtually, no small feat for a dance film about connection. ANYONE came to light at the end of a tumultuous summer, with a cast of nine of Broadway’s most-talented performers and explores those very needed themes of fluid love, compassion, and empathy, in a manner that simultaneously feels both timeless and so very timely.