Thursday, November 11, 2010

Film Screening: "I Can Dance: Four Stories"

Bernardsville Library is pleased to present “I Can Dance: Four Stories,” a feature documentary film produced and directed by Paul G. Sanderson III of Our Town Films, Inc., on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm. The film is an inspirational look at the world of Pro-Am Ballroom dancing in the United States as seen through the personal stories of two amateurs and two professionals. Mr. Sanderson is an award-winning filmmaker, will introduce the film and answer questions afterward.

The film follows four dancers: Lydia, who saw an ad in the local paper for dance lessons that led her to meet Angelo a larger-than-life dance instructor who would change her life forever; John, who has danced since he was six years old before burning out as top-flight professional, only to rediscover his love of dancing while being a judge and a teacher; Tillie who is ninety-one years old and is inspired to keep on living after the tragic loss of her daughter who leaves her a trust fund which finances her dance lessons; and beautiful Larinda who discovered her destiny while dancing with a complete stranger in college and became a champion professional who now teaches amateur men while also coaching a championship college ballroom team.

These four stories are woven around the ins and outs and the ups and downs of real life ballroom dance competitions that take place all over the country every weekend. Judges, teachers, organizers, hairdressers, DJ's, MC's and the dancers themselves all describe what it’s like to be in their shoes. “I Can Dance: Four Stories” introduces the viewer to a wonderful carnival-like world full of great dancing and wonderful characters.

As producer/director and president of Our Town Films, Inc., Paul Sanderson has enjoyed considerable success in creating television documentaries and educational programs. Since founding Our Town Films in 1992, Mr. Sanderson has won over 30 national awards, including nine CINE Golden Eagles. The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. has honored Mr. Sanderson by placing one of his films in its permanent collection. His programs have appeared on NBC, PBS, The Discovery Channel, A&E Network, The History Channel and CNBC. His films have premiered at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian.

There is no charge to attend the library program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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