Mad hot ballroom - Marilyn Agrelo
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Anyone can make it if they learn how to shake it.
Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen", on their way to try to compete in the final city-wide competition.
Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the Merengue, Rumba, Tango, Foxtrot and Swing.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film documentary dance children school competition ballroom
Persons of interest
- Amy Sewell .... Screenwriter
- Marilyn Agrelo .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Mad hot ballroom official movie site
- Mad hot ballroom film production notes
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- Awards and film festivals:
- Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005: Official selection
- Slamdance Film Festival 2005: Opening Night, World Première
- Sydney Film Festival 2005: Won: Audience Awards: Best Documentary, Side Bar Program: Best Documentary
- See also Razzle dazzle: A journey into dance, Shall we dance?, Take the lead
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
When you think of documentaries about kids you always have the worry that Walt Disney is lurking in the wings, waiting to cover everything in fairy dust. Mad hot ballroom has plenty of fairies but they are, fortunately, not the winged kind and Marilyn Agrelo leaves Walt in the dust. [Slight over-use of metaphor and repetition, Special Agent Matti - Director of Intelligence.] Like Rock School, Mad hot ballroom is structured around kids struggling to get a grip on the skills they are being taught, going through trials and tribulations then coming good in the end.
It's warm, it's funny, it's even true. Enjoy.
Security censorship classification
PG (Mature themes)
106 minutes (1:46 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 29 September 2005