First of all, thank you for taking the time to watch the video above. As an award-winning filmmaker (Collegiate OSCAR nominated & EMMY winner) whose films have shown all over the world, I am drawn to stories about how people who don't always fit into mainstream culture are able to take elements of that culture and make it their own. (IMDB credits HERE)
While writing a feature script set within a gay country western bar in Texas (Quick Quick Slow), I discovered “The International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs” and was amazed that something I was writing into my ‘fictional’ work actually existed!
Upon further research, I learned that IAGLCWDC (or “IGGLE WIGGLE” as they call themselves) was having their annual International Dance Competition in my hometown of Austin, Texas. Since Austin is also the setting for my narrative feature, I saw this as a sign that I needed to visit the dancers and competition organizers to learn more about their story and the true world of competitive country western dancing within the gay community.
I made the journey from Los Angeles to Austin and worked with a couple of fellow producers and dance enthusiasts (Angela Briones & Mita Hernadez) to film ‘research’ footage for the feature. What we discovered was an active community full of passionate country western dancers - who also happen to be queer. As filming progressed, we realized this was more than just “research”; this was a story all it’s own!
When filming wrapped, I returned to LA and used this inspiration to finish writing. As I wrote, the footage we captured in Austin was always on my mind and I swore to myself that I would find the time and resources to share this beautiful story with as many viewers as I could.
Now that my screenplay is done, I finally have the time to dedicate to the post-production process of ‘DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING’.
The main objective with this film is to showcase the talent I found and what it means to these dancers to be allowed to dance in competitions as same-sex partners. As it stands now, mainstream country western dance competitions prohibit same-sex couples from competing. The IAGLCWDC has given that opportunity to its members, locally and abroad, through their annual competitions, workshops and events but it’s not enough. These are voices aching to be heard and performers that deserve a wider audience.
Your contribution to this campaign will help with the many costs involved in the post production and distribution process including: editing, sound design, color correction, music clearances (a film about dance has to have music!) and the fees associated with the many film festivals we want to submit it to.
Even if you cannot contribute at this time, please share this project with as many of your friends and colleagues as you can. Most people don’t even know that this world exists. Wow, gay cowboys two-stepping together? Yup!
We hope to showcase a community that finds joy, freedom, independence and a sense of belonging for those few moments when they are allowed to be who they are and simply ‘Dance Like No One's Watching.’
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