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About this project

What is Freeze! Try Again? 

Freeze! Try Again is a short dance documentary inspired by the curriculum and participants of Performing Arts For All and produced in partnership with DeepSixLounge Productions. 

Performing Arts For All is an organization providing opportunities for all, including those with special needs and limitations. A group of people with a variety of ages, levels of experience, and limitations gather weekly for Heather's 2.5 hour dance class in Los Angeles, CA. Heather approached long time friend, director and photographer Christine Deitner to help her with a demo reel. After observing one class, Christine felt the work and the stories of the participants needed to be seen and heard on a larger platform, via a short documentary.  

Christine has always been drawn to telling stories that others don't like to dwell on, digging deep into human experience and interaction, sharing truth with an artful eye. She stayed for the 12 week summer dance session filming, shooting stills and interviewing Heather and the participants and their families to create Freeze! Try Again. 

What is Performing Arts For All?:

Performing Arts For All offers classes and community-based arts opportunities that include numerous public performances and field trips to experience high-quality arts programs and productions in the Los Angeles area. Heather welcomes all to her program including those with the following limitations: down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsey, mental retardation, those who are blind or deaf, with learning disorders, emotional disorders, adhd, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, physical limitations (including those due to age or injury), financial limitations, and those who just want to dance with us.

Words For Life: "Freeze! Try Again". 

Three simple words. In this film, they represent something much more complex. They imply action, a take on relationships with others, a way of life. Three simple words that every human being can relate to. The participants of Performing Arts For All and their families are given a voice, an opportunity to share their stories. 

The Soundtrack: 

We are pleased to announce that the following incredible artists have already graciously donated or are in the process of donating their music to support the film and make up the Freeze! Try Again soundtrack: Mark Berube, Foibles, Teddy Goldstein, Brianna Haynes, Michael Hewett, Marc Joseph, Hugh MacDonald, Ian McGlynn, Jess Meider, Smithfield Bargain, Carolann Solebello, Top Critters.  You will find links to their pages on our website. If you watch our video above, you'll hear 'Uncle Neil' by Top Critters playing underneath our plea.

How You Can Help: Freeze! Try Again: 

This project has grown into something much larger than initially anticipated. As we have progressed we have brought a community together and inspired both the people involved in the project and those who hear about it. We need your help to reach our funding goals but we would also love to include you in that ever-expanding community of people who are interested in taking the time to really get to know who these students of Heather's are and what they are both interested in and really good at not only within the class structure but also in their daily lives. We are looking for people willing to partner with us and with Heather to turn the grander vision of her class into a reality. When you look at our PERKS you will see many of them include items created specifically for this fundraising campaign by individuals who are either involved in or touched by our story. [Please excuse the mock-ups - they aren't as well-designed as we intend the final products to be]:

Special Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle on the left - one of many production/cast photos by Christine Deitner on the right.
Special Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle on the left - one of many production/cast photos by Christine Deitner on the right.
Mock-up of official Movie T-shirt above [shirt will be black as shown with white letters] - Official PAFA organic cotton t-shirt below.
Mock-up of official Movie T-shirt above [shirt will be black as shown with white letters] - Official PAFA organic cotton t-shirt below.
Mock-up of the tote bag featuring original art created by dancer/actor and student Philip Cobos specifically for this project and pic of handmade ornament crafted by parent and participant Sharon Johnson.
Mock-up of the tote bag featuring original art created by dancer/actor and student Philip Cobos specifically for this project and pic of handmade ornament crafted by parent and participant Sharon Johnson.
Notecard Mock-ups featuring the three sets of cards available at different backer levels.
Notecard Mock-ups featuring the three sets of cards available at different backer levels.

Thank you for stopping by to look at what we have to offer!  We hope this little taste of what the film is about inspires you as much as it does us. 

Risks and challenges

Every film project on this site faces similar challenges - we recognize we are not alone in needing funds to meet production goals. Donations made here will fund our post-production costs including color correction, sound production and final editing. The participants in the film are truly, deeply excited to share their experiences with you - it would break their hearts if we didn't succeed in fulfilling this projects every need - they deserve that much from us and your contributions will make that possible.

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    JAZZ IT UP: You will receive a Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather PLUS three (3) DIGITAL PRODUCTION STILLS from the Film and an official DIGITAL COPY OF THE FILM POSTER created by graphic designer Maris Malejs.

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    SWING TIME: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, three (3) Digital Production Stills from the Film, the Digital Film Poster PLUS a LINK TO a DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURE outtake from the film [via Vimeo].

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    FANCY FOOTWORK: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, three (3) Digital Production Stills from the Film, the Digital Film Poster PLUS the DVD OF THE FILM WITH SPECIAL FEATURES.

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    BABY TAKE A BOW: For Our Business-minded Friends - If you find that your business has a meaningful connection to the film we offer you Version 1: a contribution at this level gets YOUR COMPANY'S LOGO on the film's website where we will also include a short description of your company's work and a link to your business website.

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    DANCERS TURN OUT BETTER: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, three (3) Digital Production Stills from the Film, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features PLUS the MOVIE T-SHIRT created specifically for the project. You will be able to choose your size in either a ladies or men's cut.

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    ALL SHOOK UP: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size] PLUS a set of NOTECARDS that are either designed by students/friends of the project or cards featuring photos taken by Director and Photographer Christine Deitner during the course of the film's production.

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    POETRY IN MOTION: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], the set of Notecards inspired by the project PLUS a TOTE BAG to carry it all in featuring original artwork by dancer/actor and student Philip Cobos.

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    PUMP UP THE VOLUME: For Our Business-minded Friends - If you find that your business has a meaningful connection to the film we offer Version 2: a contribution at this level gets your company's NAME or LOGO in the FINAL CREDITS roll OF THE FILM. We will also display your logo on the film's website and include a short description of your company's work and a link to your business website. We will also ship a copy of the DVD of the film with special features.

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    SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], both sets of Notecards [one set made by the students, the other including images taken by Christine Deitner], the tote bag to carry it all in featuring original artwork by Philip Cobos, one (1) CD by our featured Musical Artists PLUS a THANK YOU CREDIT in the film.

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    TWO TO TANGO: For Our Art Lover Friends in the United States:
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    JUMP, JIVE AND WAIL: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], the two sets of Notecards [one set made by the students, the other including images taken by Christine Deitner], the tote bag to carry it all in featuring original artwork by Philip Cobos, one handmade ornament crafted by parent Sharon Johnson, a 'SPECIAL THANKS TO' CREDIT in the film PLUS an OFFICIAL PERFORMING ARTS FOR ALL organic cotton T-SHIRT in your size AND a PRIVATE Vimeo LINK to a video of Heather Lipson Bell teaching you how to perform one of the numbers taught to the students over the summer.

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    FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY - BUST A MOVE: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], the two sets of Notecards [one set made by the students, the other including images taken by Christine Deitner], the tote bag, an official Performing Arts For All organic cotton t-shirt in your size and a private Vimeo link to a video of Heather Lipson Bell teaching you how to perform one of the numbers taught to the students over the summer, an 'EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS TO' CREDIT in the film PLUS a 2-hour MASTER CLASS with teacher/choreographer Heather Lipson Bell and guest Artist[s] from Performing Arts For All. Heather Lipson Bell will rent a studio space near you or come to your home [depending on your preference] for a 2 hour private workshop where she will teach you and your family or group [up to fifteen (15) people] a class of your choosing.

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    GET YOUR GROOVE ON: For Our Music-Loving Friends: We offer you a set of ten (10) CDs by Artists whose Original MUSIC is featured in our film.
    In addition to that fantastic bargain, we will honor all of the other perk items at this level [You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], the two sets of Notecards [one set made by the students, the other including images taken by Christine Deitner], the tote bag, an official Performing Arts For All organic cotton t-shirt in your size, a private Vimeo link to a video of Heather Lipson Bell teaching you how to perform one of the numbers taught to the students over the summer PLUS an 'EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS TO' CREDIT in the film,].

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    FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY - WALKING ON SUNSHINE: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt created [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], the two sets of Notecards [one set made by the students, the other including images taken by Christine Deitner], the tote bag, an official Performing Arts For All organic cotton t-shirt in your size, the private Vimeo link to a video of Heather Lipson Bell teaching you how to perform one of the numbers taught to the students over the summer and A CO-PRODUCER CREDIT IN THE FILM. IN ADDITION to all of this, Christine, Heather and members of Performing Arts For All will come to your home to watch the film as a group, engage in a Q&A after and perform a couple of numbers for your family or group. If you feel like joining us, we'll even teach you bit of the choreography so you can get up and join us. [Maximum 3.5 hours]

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    FOR NON LOCALS - TAKE CENTER STAGE: You will receive the Thank You on the website, the Digital Drawing by Shane McKaskle, an actual 8x10 copy of the Digital Cast Photo signed by Christine and Heather, the Digital Film Poster, the DVD of the film with special features, the Movie T-shirt [in your choice of men/ladies cuts in your size], the two sets of Notecards [one set made by the students, the other including images taken by Christine Deitner], the tote bag, an official Performing Arts For All organic cotton t-shirt in your size, the private Vimeo link to a video of Heather Lipson Bell teaching you how to perform one of the numbers taught to the students over the summer AND A CO-PRODUCER CREDIT IN THE FILM. IN ADDITION to all of this, Christine, Heather and select members of Performing Arts For All will make themselves available for a one (1) hour Skype Q&A to discuss the film or any issues the film raises. You will also receive a LIMITED EDITION 16x20 GICLEE of a the original painting created for the project by artist Kristine Augustyn and a PRINT of one of three Black and White 16x20 still photographs taken by Christine Deitner [your choice].

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