Director X, Award-Winning Music Video and Film Festival Award-Winner, Is Directing
CENTER STAGE: DANCE CAMP commenced principal photography on October 26th in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was announced today by Sodona Films Ltd. Returning from the
original Center Stage are Peter Gallagher (American Beauty, Law & Order: Specials Victims Unit), Ethan Stiefel (American Ballet Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet) and Sascha Radetsky (American Ballet Theater, Flesh and Bone). Returning from Center Stage: Turn it Up are Nicole Munoz (Defiance, Baby Sellers) and Kenny Wormald (Massholes, Footloose). Joining the cast of this latest Center Stage is ‘Choice Dancer’ Teen Choice Award winner Chloe Lukasiak (Dance Moms).
Director X is known for visually distinctive videos for popular artists including Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling,’ Jay Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Usher, and Iggy Azalea. X made his film directorial debut in 2014 with an edgy drama titled Undone, winner for Best Atlantic Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival.
CENTER STAGE: DANCE CAMP is a Canadian project developed and produced by Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm of Sodona Films Ltd. as a follow-up to Center Stage: Turn It Up. Academy Award®-nominated, Emmy®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning producer Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I Robot, Jerry Maguire) is executive producer.
CENTER STAGE: DANCE CAMP tells the story of a group of talented dancers who compete for spots in the prestigious American Ballet Company. Nicole Munoz stars as Bella Parker, one of the dancers auditioning over an intense six-week program, which ends up pitting classical ballet dancers against more contemporary dance performers.
“This script was written for Nicole,” says producer Greg Malcolm. “I realized that there was something magical about Nicole at 13 when we worked with her in 2008 on Center Stage: Turn It Up. She is a person that you never forget who had a big vision at an early age. This film will inspire young women to strive for want they want in life.”
“We are thrilled to have Director X as our director,” says Vicki Sotheran, “X is at the top of his game. We are exited to see the magic that he will create with our talented cast.”
Executive Producer Laurence Mark adds, “ It’s a joy to be involved in the second sequel to Center Stage which seems to have become something of a cult classic – and getting to re-unite cast members from the previous two films is truly gratifying.“
Nisha Ganatra wrote the screenplay for CENTER STAGE: DANCE CAMP, and Monica Proenca is the choreographer. Filming continues in Vancouver until November 18th.
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