On first encounter, “The David Dance” is the story of a man who isn't comfortable in his own skin.  Self-doubt prevents him from living the life he is capable of.  He relies on his radio personality, “Danger Dave”, to break him out of his shell and speak his mind.   

What spoke to me about the story was the complexity of the character and his ever changing outlook.  As the story builds, we learn about David’s experiences, both childhood and present day, which explain his fears and hesitations.  We also learn about the love and inspiration of his sister, which pull him through his stubborn ways and into the sun.  Connecting the dots from past experience to emotional issue, from inspiration to change is the point of view I wanted to explore.  We are all a product of where we have come from and what we have lived through.  And only after we learn to love ourselves, can we truly love others.   

I am very proud of the work we did back in Buffalo and very proud of the work that the post team has done since.  From beginning to end this was a truly collaborative process.  In looking at the finished product, I see the fingerprints of cast and crew who made this film what it is today.   It took the efforts and talents of many to bring this story from the page to the screen.  I am grateful to have been the hand that guided that process.  

 

- Aprill Winney 

Aprill recently directed two episodes of THE FOSTERS for ABC Family. She also directed the feature film, "Counting Backwards" which premiered at the SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and went on to win BEST DIRECTOR at both LA FEMME FILM FESTIVAL and CHASHAMA FILM FESTIVAL. "Counting Backwards" was one of twelve films in the country selected to participate in the 2008 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Aprill won BEST DIRECTOR for "The David Dance" at THE NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL.   

 

Ian McGlocklin (Director of Photography) recently won an Emmy for his camera work on The Mind of a Chef. He has worked on narrative features such as "Acts of Worship," "Out There" and "Corporate Affairs" which have included stops at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals. Other feature film work includes "Make the Yuletide Gay" with Adamo Ruggiero, "Jack Rabbit" and "Invincible Scripture". He was cinematographer on the short film "Gabriel y Gato" which won the 2003 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival competition.

Brian Rzepka (Production Designer) has served as Art Director / Production Designer on the  films "Frozen River" and "Another Earth". Other films include "Stingray Sam", "Fred Won't Move Out", "Asylum Seekers" and "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz",  Television credits include "I Married A Mobster".  

Stephani Lewis has been costume designer for films such as Sundance winner, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (for which she was nominated for a Costume Designer Guild Award), "Ping Pong Summer", "The Harvest", "The History of Future Folk", and "The Town That Dreaded Sundown".

Visual Effects by Comen VFX; Casting by Brette Goldstein; Editing by Erin Druez; Original music composed by Marc Jackson; Additional music and songs by Jake Monaco; Associate Producers: Aprill Winney, Mary P. Weideman-George and Denise A. Romano; Makeup Department Head: Sky Vega;  First Assistant Director: Joe Ciccaralla; Line producer/ Unit Production Manager: Lauren Silver.