From the contest for the Delphic Art Movie Award:
Documentary 'Beyond the Steps'
Nominee 2011: Doc Talk - Beyond the Steps, B. Rubinow and Tom Neff - Producers / USA, (one minute abstract)
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BEYOND THE STEPS follows Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during a pivotal time
in its history as the company ventures abroad while establishing new roots at
home in New York City.
When the company moves into a state-of-the-art facility called "the largest in the country devoted exclusively to dance," longtime company Artistic Director Judith Jamison creates a new ballet entitled Love Stories. Choreographed in collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and modern dance maverick Robert Battle, Jamison explains that Love Stories expresses "the past, present and future" of the company. Ailey dancers take center stage in this documentary as the troupe brings this new work to the White Nights Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
BEYOND THE STEPS tells the story of what it takes to keep dance modern, art relevant, and a legacy alive.
Phil Bertelsen - Producer/Director
An award-winning filmmaker, Phil Bertelsen works in both fiction and non-fiction.
His narrative feature debut, Rock the Paint, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received the Creative Promise Award. He produced the Peabody Award-winning Chisholm '72 - Unbought & Unbossed.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, it was broadcast nationally on public television. His first film, Around the Time, was a drama honored with several awards, including a Student Academy Award while his next film The Sunshine also won numerous festival awards including a Director's Guild East Award. Additionally, Bertelsen wrote and directed Outside Looking In, an hour-long documentary examining transracial adoption in America airing on PBS. Beyond The Steps premiered on Great Performance's Dance In America series.