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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2016

Ruby is a dancer; Johnny plays violin. Both of them have a dream: enter one of the most prestigious schools of performing arts in New York! Together they will fight, fall, rise again and give life to the most exciting performances ever seen on the big screen! HIGH STRUNG is elevated by standout supporting performances from veteran actors Jane Seymour, Paul Freeman and Maia Morgenstern and features an original soundtrack of boundary-breaking commercial tracks blending styles of music in a way that already has the dance industry and social media talking. The film's original take on familiar musical genres sets it apart from prior dance franchises: Step Up and Street Dance. It's brought to viewers by Broadway stars Michael and Janeen Damian and top choreographer Dave Scott (Step Up 3D; Stomp the Yard; resident choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance; guest choreographer on Dancing with the Stars) and introduces the breathtakingly talented Keenan Kampa (Russia's Mariinsky Ballet's first American dancer) and Nicholas Galitzine (The Beat Beneath My Feet) alongside 62 of some of the World's most exciting and original dancers from London, Paris, L.A. and New York.

Original Title New York Academy
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 96'
Production Year 2016
Nationality Romania, USA
Directed by Michael Damian
Screenplay Janeen Damian, Michael Damian
Director of photography Viorel Sergovici
Editor Michael Damian, Janeen Damian, Peter Cabadahagen, Byron Speight
Production Design Mihai Dorobantu
Music Nathan Lanier
Main cast Keenan Kampa (Ruby)
Nicholas Galitzine (Johnny)
Sonoya Mizuno (Jazzy)
Jane Seymoure (Oksana)
Richard Southgate (Kyle)
Paul Freeman (Kramrovsky)
Produced by Janeen Damian, Michael Damian

Michael Damian2Michael Damian
Damian has had a prolific career as an actor and he is well known for his interpretation in the role of Danny Romalotti in the television series THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. ON stage Damian played Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, winning a Grammy nomination. Damian has released five albums. Among his hits there is the single "Rock On," which earned him gold records worldwide. Damian has also written and produced soundtracks for FLICKA 2, FLICKA, MARLEY & ME 2 - THE TERRIBLE AND CHRISTMAS CASTELBURY HALL. He has also worked as a screenwriter and film director. Among his films: A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS, FLICKA 2, MARLEY& ME 2, MOONDANCE ALEXANDER e FLICKA (also presented at the Giffoni Film Festival).

Director's statement
“Janeen [wife of the director and screenwriter of the film] is a dancer, and I am a musician… so we wanted to make a film celebrating those two worlds that mean so much to us. HIGH STRUNG is inspired by Janeen’s experience when she was awarded a scholarship to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York. So it’s basically her story, her adventures, and what it was like for her moving to NY from a small town; like we have Ruby, our lead character in the film, coming from the Midwest. […] The fact that our parents introduced us to the arts when we were so young made a big impact on who we became as adults”.

Riviera Films Production

italian distribution
festival contact
Eagle Pictures

screening h. 7:30 PM     (Original version with Italian subtitles) - Screening for Generator +13 and +16 jurors only (reservation is required)

screening h. 10:00 PM     repeat screening with free access - Online reservation is required from July 14* on www.giffoni.mytickets.it

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