The Promise of the Butterfly

Set in Chicago, we meet Doran, part-time flower delivery boy and avid journal keeper who spends the day pondering life by bike. Caught between pressures from his mother and his undecided future, he encounters a mute dancer that takes him on an unexpected journey into himself.

  • Meredith Kirkman
    Director
  • Andrew Tamarkin
    Writer
  • Kirkman Tamarkin Productions
    Producer
  • Hunter Day
    Key Cast
    “Doran”
  • Jordan Omeish
    Key Cast
    “Bea”
  • Pooja Prakash Rai
    Key Cast
    “Jules”
  • Julie Medina
    Key Cast
    “Adele”
  • Anna Roemer
    Key Cast
    “Laverne”
  • Nasser Habash
    Key Cast
    “Nasser ”
  • Prakash Raj Productions
    Executive Producers
    Idolle Ramayana (It's a Good Ramayana), Mana Oori Ramayanam (Our Village's Ramayana)
  • Connie Kincaid
    Executive Producers
    Grease 2, Pennies From Heaven
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts
    Executive Producers
  • Escalate Dance and Theatre Studio
    Executive Producers
  • Vivek Vaidesswaran
    Executive Producers
  • Doe Browning
    Executive Producers
  • Alex and Ellen Tamarkin
    Executive Producers
  • Jennifer Gallagher and Steve Ring
    Executive Producers
  • Meredith Kirkman
    Director of Photography
  • Andrew Tamarkin
    Original Score
  • Isaiah Sanderman
    Co-Composers
  • John Golden
    Co-Composers
  • Todd Aulwurm
    Co-Composers
  • Clarice Taylor
    Co-Composers
  • Matthew Brdlik
    Editor
  • Meredith Kirkman
    Executive Editor
  • Matthew Filipek
    Colorist
  • Marcus Omeish
    Sound Designer
  • Meredith Kirkman
    Choreographer
  • Geramie Causley, Mystery Street Recording Company
    Audio Engineer
  • Zoe Tamarkin
    Art Director
  • Julia Jayne
    Unit Production Manager
  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Independent, Coming-of-Age, Drama, Dance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 43 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Vail Film Festival
    Vail
    United States
    August 16, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Meredith Kirkman

Meredith Kirkman's directing and choreography credits include: The Grand Ole Opry Show Choir Nationals, Stagedoor Manor in New York, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, pop-up performances at the Vail Dance Festival, Vail Performing Arts Academy, and Vail Valley Foundation’s Star Dancing Gala. Kirkman was recognized as a Chicago emerging choreographer in the Endowed Movement Showcase. Her film work includes: Behind the Scenes Video for FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Photography and Cinematography for Chicago College of Performing Arts Productions, Dance Campaigns for Vail Dance Festival, and "Finding Home: Stories from the Middle East".

For her debut feature film, "The Promise of the Butterfly", she took on the roles of Director, Choreographer, Director of Photography, Producer, and Executive Editor. Her dedication, vision, and alliance with Andrew Tamarkin created the spark for this passion project.

She was born and raised in Vail, CO, and a received a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Emphasis from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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Director Statement

Alternative communication inspired both the writing and direction of this film. Doran, the story's protagonist, discovers his strengths and weakness for the first time through experiences with his new friend, Bea, a beautiful dancer who happens not to speak. As their quiet relationship grows, they communicate the old-fashioned way—writing and dancing to express how they feel. In this day and age, we have lost the art of writing and the magic of movement as methods of communication. There is more power than you think in a simple curtsey, an unexpected waltz, or a journal lined with poetry. This film sheds light on the wonders writing and dance can provide for human connection.

We hope to inspire coming-of-age audiences that expressing yourself in different ways is not only good for you, but can lead you to a dream career. The film celebrates the decision to be brave in the face of disability, to encourage our audience to find assurance in the unknown, and to inspire an open-minded attitude toward each individual's unique and artistic path. “The Promise of the Butterfly” was not only a coming-of-age story for the film’s characters, written by Andrew Tamarkin, it was a coming-of-age journey for all of the creatives involved. Evolving from a mighty team of two, Tamarkin and I ignited a community unified by passion, most all under the age of 35. In our story, the alternative artist seeks to find purpose; as such, we found purpose side by side creating the story. This truly made for a genuine perspective. The original score carries the motion picture along with classical, jazz, and French sounds, interspersed with contemporary artists including Big Wild, Hey Marseilles, and Hippocampus. This slice-of-life story slowly reveals the plot, hidden analogies, and magical realism.