Ballet Documentary 'Call Me Dancer' Sets World Premiere, Sales Agents

FESTIVALS

Leslie Shampaine and Pip Gilmour‘s feature documentary “Call Me Dancer” will have its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in competition for best documentary, on Feb. 9, followed by its New York premiere at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at the Lincoln Center on Feb. 10.

The film follows Manish Chauhan, a young and talented street dancer from Mumbai who struggles against his parents’ insistence that he follow a traditional path.When he accidentally walks into an inner-city dance school and encounters curmudgeonly 70-year-old Israeli ballet master Yehuda Maor, a hunger develops within him and he is determined to make it as a professional dancer, but the odds are stacked
against him.

Filmed in India, Israel, the U.K. and the U.S., the dance documentary features original songs by Jay Sean, music by Bangladeshi-American hip-hop artist Anik Khan and a score by British-Indian composer Nainita Desai.

First Hand Films has boarded the project for international sales while East Village Entertainment is handling North America sales.

The film is produced by Shampaine Pictures in coproduction with ZDF and in association with Arte. Executive producers include Sean, John Patrick King, Jitin Hingorani, Ori Z. Soltes and Esther van Messel and the film is produced by Priya Ramasubban, Cynthia Kane and Shampaine.

A fictionalized version of the Chauhan, fellow dancer Amiruddin Shah and Maor story was the subject of Sooni Taraporevala’s 2020 Netflix original film “Yeh Ballet,” with Julian Sands playing the character based on Maor.

GREENLIGHT

A second season for Disney+ original comedy series “Extraordinary” has been greenlit, Johanna Devereaux, VP scripted content and the show’s executive producer for the streamer, revealed ahead of its London premiere on Tuesday. Filming will commence later this month.

Created by Emma Moran and directed by Toby McDonald (“Ragdoll”), Jennifer Sheridan (“Rules of the Game”) and Nadira Amrani (“On the Edge”), the series follows a young, self-aware woman who lives in a world where everyone has a superpower except her.

Moran and series cast Máiréad Tyers, Sofia Oxenham, Bilal Hasna, Luke Rollason, Siobhán McSweeney and Patricia Allison attended the premiere. Additional series cast members include Ardal O’Hanlon, Robbie Gee and Ned Porteous. 

“Extraordinary” is executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Charles Dawson for Sid Gentle Films, the production company behind “Killing Eve.” The series is produced by Charlie Palmer.

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