Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs


thank you thank you for being just you bring up the recipe hey Priscilla Lopez hey I know is Edgar here Edgar oh sorry oh it’s our dance instructor we can also layer I have to get before place come on guys if anybody else is here here for this film festival I know how there happens to be also on our selection committee yup would you ever check did I miss anybody I’m Thank You Chloe Chloe’s behind the scenes organizing all of our Oh if half for you half of castor thank you all they do all for coming out and the spill is just a family thing to you and the festival real up and on the New York story as well I think reelabilities is a little bit of a New York story and if you could share a little bit about not start with you on the job maybe share of the origins I’ve another choreographer here in you are sorry happy thing I won’t have to dance party later yeah took maybe tell us a little bit first about the origins of where this film came from and how it was named um well it’s kind of a long story so make it brief I had an idea I worked on it I hired somebody write it I waiting around till somebody sword it when i saw i found that person his name is drone video he’s owned in LA today working the other end of the country and um and we started working on it and then when i realized that this was in some small way of hard sell I pick it up I’ll do it myself so and restarted and we started your go january and there’s one for each other for their concerts and miami it will be march twenty third well and in LA and chicago march 30 so you go to Miami Ellen what were you racing news about the film is actually there’s an inclusion after the cast people with disabilities which is rare to see maybe some of the participants who took all these rules and tell us a little bit about their experience as far as getting to the film how you found out about this whole process I no matter one bit more we’re to share my god make sure you did I’m Anita and I was very excited when I heard about this happening and it’s not just about performance abilities but it’s also about diversity in general a whole cast is so diverse on so many levels but I happen to be an advocate for performance with disabilities of on Tama the National East Coast sheriff her folks with disabilities for sag and AFTRA and i also have to remember and we’ve just finished a three-year campaign pop I am PWD inclusion in the arts and media for people with disabilities and we worked so hard and when this came along I just felt this is great I mean they’ve gone further than most films that had out there to include all of us and to make sure that it’s accurate and there’s access accuracy and inclusion which is no free things that you can find to work so hard on IM PWD so i was excited when I heard back to his hiney he’s likewise buddy is that commie son you should go about this and I’m experience adamant because a musical she’s been working on that I was singing for demos for so i just wrote her an even honest and if you need any help are you know like consulting if there’s anything I can do to help I goood happy and cheer up accent well we want to be in it so it was really great I wasn’t expecting that but um I’m so proud of this and I can’t see it a million times I just it’s red movie yes I crunches it isn’t just indistinct fulfill its like so many things and I’ll stop talking down I’m fu Clark I’ve been dancing didn’t look wil traval adapted for about six years off and on now and a layer of my former partners actually was the third part of the same carbon marchio she was in the pink pants and during the competition and she when she got engaged like oh man you know we get flooded involved as possible and soon as I heard as a possibility I thought I look obvious on the friends in New York to discuss a I’m going going and ya know a mighty workshop get the leak to teach people had a look of our dance a lot maneras chair before quench our own me p so that is bourbon is and pin collapse promoter neck in that way with so much he doesn’t like to ask the other actors how they were trained for especially the dancing what kind of preparation did you have to go through okay thanks everyone for coming out tonight I’m honored to be part of the cell we actually actor to a working off than we had about five weeks of rehearsals and it was very challenging and amazing I gives incredible incredible things I had a dance background is it against the kid that never City ballroom dancing and then I was injured soup occasional chair so it was a wonderful challenge and I’m working zombies on place you can avail me I’m just getting a word with her every day was absolutely incredible she taught me so much about strength and courage and she sees anything jealousy is our time you want to get out there and dance we did dinner party but we just relied on our Latin middle setting up this length love somebody pointed out to me that your legs or I think that we shot of the film and Ally there’s a lot of shots of your legs the film is out there do you think it’s statements here in the film well I thanks is this I know I you know I didn’t even realize that but nothing that be right yes well I’m thrilled let’s play some other questions from the audience as well start how many a wheelchair user whether that would be only disabled 33 the felon really guys to guard and I know Matt you and ought to this video clip off you girl yes and when we flip me as far as the dancers go yes yes yes and then excuse it once again yeah that’s stupid bout all right well we have to ask about when we had about supporting we have the whole basketball tape and headed Nina mixture can and yes the mixture and unfortunately this was a we had a time constraint but only allowed to disable dancers and actors and we were within a certain timeframe and if you look at the dance floor we had six couples on the dance floor three of which were truly disabled so in your whole picture I think we did pretty good I’m upside because I’m very sensitive to and unconcerned the whole time on how we were going to be perceived and to acknowledge and give due respect to every person in alfeld from that because it was really about diversity like we said the Latino culture big gay and lesbian I mean and the disabled and even the dancers needed to be represented properly so it was a I have a few headaches you know I wondering what the hell were doing and I and I think in retrospect what this was for us as a cast and a crew behind the scenes and in front of the camera was an education and everybody was educated within this scope of this movie on to the sensitivity the challenges the things that we as able-bodied people take for granted and I incorporated a lot of those concerns when we I was working on the script the simple thing of at the you know the cabinets are too high the bathrooms too narrow he dropped your lipstick hotels gonna get it I a lot of things um wit someone fall in love it’s a love story it’s just that evil of people and I was hoping and the intention of this film was to open everybody’s eyes and hearts and just accept everyone because diversity is really what’s on campus all survived I’d like to ask you some questions about the shooting in the last scene I was troubled by the fact that many times we saw people from the nap out more from the shoulders up I felt like the film do trust the dancing and entrusted disabled answers there were many times that I saw more of the savvy dancers than the seated answers and many concert camera angle favored those static assets because it was shooting down on them making a wheelchair users of the objects of the camera that troubled man I wondered about the decisions and then I didn’t kill that so much in our persons played with before makanda content well does anybody want to answer this I can show yourself okay well i was i’d have to say i was there on the set from morning until night every single day and with this particular scene would be seems that you’re talking about we had our it took us three full days of over 12 hour days filming and made you tried to get the dance under the best of circumstances you know even who who works out there dancing to get the look this is a film this is a story it’s supposed to if there is some imagination some fantasy involved I’m really sorry if it has offended anybody to feel as if somehow intentionally they were not being presented properly it was more for the film to the theatrical aspect of it it was not meant to be a documentary it was meant to be a story to open people’s hearts and minds and eyes to think of all this diversity differently no stereotypes no nothing just to be people trying to have a happy life a little bit of a fairy tale so film and that last scene really has that glamorized look to it and the the angles of the way the shop also add on to that Tibetan at seen almost as if it’s a it’s a true sequence in some ways and I think that adds to where staff here with them let’s take will take your questions you know how to post a cat have a relation and i’m so excited of what I saw even before and in Texas I said blog even have been successful and because of my face I just want to mention that my disability hit it I had something similar to a stroke but when i see the perspective of a mezzo I need to get can see your booklet of your whole circumstances and elicits the best and the and the excitement of the performance as Hispanic person as a person with disability issue of addressing not the issue of is a combination as you mentioned people disability because of the color skin devout you invest you have that and the excitement I will feel the fact that i felt i was very excited and once again on this one model range of this is because i’m totally a floor excellent football that was the kind of song in the losses patients also accept it now to absolutely everything oh hi oh thanks very much for the bills okay Oh question is I wrote you intentionally great stereotypes and it would be like but we know this I like women stereotypes of women with disabilities that were that were like the reinforced but I got a starter challenge so for example when they’re from the lock man who was disabled major cover more that’s all are you to have chicks they’re real chicks right now I’m wheelchair chick sir so that was one issue the idea that women disabilities are full and another comment was the mother and i dictate the person she was a main character about voting for UGA children and all that stuff I swear with that intentional because um don’t reveal their effects it’s just about buildings that we had I’m so we keep in touch on the raise awareness about it because it’s kind of not really explicitly but I know about it because I study so I know but like if you’re just a regular audience member there was no explicit like message you know so i put it recharges up there that’s on the time well I my characters the one who has that issue about worrying about her son and what is life will be like and I think that not to prohibiting stereotype but as an education because eventually you know the mother does come around and realize that it’s about relationships and and I think the message of this movies is love love all types and all people so um stereotypes are stereotypes because sometimes they’re true that’s why I stereotypes and we this is a boot but when you deal with it we show it and you show people be in the middle of it and not realizing it educates the audience to recognize and say hello really she feels like my cousin she realizes there’s more to this than that so I think that if or even oh what was the character’s name of the Roses partner and Kenny lead to the one from the war and he’s saying you know rip chicks you know he’s just a human being with his own head trips or whatever and we’re going into his see what he’s dealing with we all deal with different things in our lives and I think that whether it’s Dube is stereotypical or not it’s it’s all lessons we all have lessons to learn and we see these things not only innocently but in hit everything we come across them actually hopefully it will be a learning experience rather than an experience of sitting of stereotypes just desire to spark discussion something to spark discussion is well it’s so often before for me as an artist sometimes it’s important to just have the questions asked and I think it’s fantastic that you bring that point so this is something we can talk about and I’m super into life I’m about people with disabilities in terms of these conceptions and stereotypes so that’s enough it’s okay to get discussion stories is a conversation started thanks I’m trying to follow up as people to come to Kinney made about now gonna be real tips or tricks mill chairs like when i first started yet you’re in the film like I just hold it so first time line that’s good oh oh they really know and a lot of assholes in think that way and you know you Sophia to himself and so I think that yeah you know like that right true so I I don’t feel like I can really completely put that in there again everyone else is have an asshole anyway I think though it’s interesting that we that’s like it inside this building culture thing like I’m surprised like oh you guys know sometimes they look at sports like that with you this will you I want to say that stressful that reelabilities really for us to present some sides of our community that we are not featured enough in films and that we don’t get to see enough in the public and we put them on the Envy in a spotlight here and dumb on our screen wrinkle to these audiences and people get to see a reality that often television movies depict a certain reality that fortunately doesn’t completely represent and I felt like this film shows really the diversity of life in our community so thank you all so much yeah so please join us in lobby those of you do i exit through the back exit do as well top stair

1 thought on “Musical Chairs

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *