Musical Chairs Directed by Susan Seidelman
GLAAD AWARD for Outstanding Film!
"Effervescent! Seidelman's feel for setting and character is truly spectacular."
- Time Out New York
"Susan Seidelman still knows how to capture the chaotic magic of New York."
- The Village Voice
"A terrific film full of life, heart, music and fantastic dancing. A movie that just makes you feel good. See it!"
NEW YORK, NY - January 17, 2013 - MUSICAL CHAIRS, the latest film from renowned director Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
"We are really honored to be nominated for a GLAAD award since our film was intended as a celebration of cultural, physical and gender diversity" says Seidelman. "It's our differences that make us interesting and unique."
Set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing, MUSICAL CHAIRS is about Armando (Bonilla) a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as a handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia (Pipes), an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer. Though worlds apart, their shared passion for dance promises to bring them together until a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever, and she finds herself wheelchair-bound at a rehab facility, with her dreams of a dance career shattered. Fortunately, Armando has enough dreams for both of them and, when he hears about a wheelchair ballroom dance competition that will soon be held in NY, he sees a way to return something to Mia that she thinks is lost forever. At first she is reluctant--wheelchair dancing, though highly popular overseas, is something she never even knew existed. But, with the help of several other residents at the rehab center, Armando organizes an intense training program that will bring them all center stage and in the spotlight. The prize is irrelevant; what they really stand to win back is their zest for life.
It was producer Carrus's, long active in charities benefitting the disabled, and herself an ardent ballroom dance enthusiast, who first had the idea of building a film around the phenomenon of wheelchair ballroom dancing, an activity long popular in Europe and Asia, but which is only now developing a wider following in the United States.
About the film, which features both disabled and able-bodied performers in its rousing dance scenes, Carrus says, "Susan has succeeded in conveying the struggles we all face, both able-bodied and disabled, making our way, whether through life or on the dance floor. She has a real talent for embracing people in all their diversity and making them real, believable, and acceptable."
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