BORN TO DANCE THIS WAY (2012)

BORN TO DANCE THIS WAY (2012)

JOO SI (Introducing Russell Argenal) — fierce, fabulous… and overweight — auditions for the opportunity of a lifetime: to be a principal backup dancer for the sexy female pop singing sensation, THE 4PLAY LADIES (NBC'S America's Got Talent, Season 6).

Written/Directed by: Jerell Rosales
Starring: Russell Argenal, The 4Play Ladies (Carlen Jewelle, Charlie Rano, Elle Jaxon), Hidekun Hah, Asha Kamali, and Eileen Soong

 

"During the 2013 SFIndie Film Festival, Bay area filmgoers were exposed to some fresh new talents. One who quickly caught my attention was Filipino-American Jerell Rosales, whose short film, Born To Dance This Way, demonstrates his solid skill as a rising filmmaker."
THE HUFFINGTON POST

 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

2012 - UCLA TFT Film Festival (Director's Guild of America)
2012 - Hollywood, CA - HollyShorts Film Festival (Grauman's Chinese Theater)
2012 - White Sands Intl. Film Festival
2012 - Cincinnati Film Festival
2012 - Orlando Film Festival
2012 - 2nd Annual Pilipino American Film Festival at UCLA
2012 - International Film Festival Manhattan
2012 - Columbus Intl. Film + Video Festival
2012 - Intl. Film Festival of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles
2013 - Irvine International Film Festival
2013 - San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest)
2013 - Asians on Film Festival
2013 - CAAMFest (San Francisco Intl' Asian American Film Festival)
2013 - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
2013 - San Antonio Film Festival
2013 - Frameline37: San Francisco Intl' LGBT Film Festival (Castro Theatre)
2013 - Asians On Film Festival Summer Screening Series #3
2013 - Fabulous Independent Film Festival
2013 - Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
2013 - 26th Annual Polari Film Festival (formerly aGLIFF)
2013 - 17th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival
2013 - San Diego Asian Film Festival
2013 - Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival
2014 - Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
2014 - The Americas Film Festival New York Film Festival
2014 - The 1st Taiwan International Queer Film Festival

2015 - Chennai, India - Chennai Rainbow Film Festival

2015 - Hanoi, Vietnam - OUTTAKES: Queer Asian Cinema

AWARDS

WINNER: DIRECTORS' SPOTLIGHT AWARD
2012 UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television Film Festival

WINNER: BEST EDITING
UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television Film Festival

WINNER: FESTIVAL FAVORITE AWARD
2015 Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival

BEST SHORT COMEDY/MUSICAL
2012 Asians on Film Awards

HONORABLE MENTION AWARD
2012 Columbus International Film + Video Festival

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: EILEEN SOONG
2012 Asians on Film Awards

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: HIDEKUN HAH
2012 Asians on Film Awards

THE CAUCUS FOUNDATION
2012 Student Production Grant

RITA MORRISON FILM AWARD
For Artistic Merit in Film Directing

FRANK GLICKSMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
For Artistic Merit in Film Directing

TRANSFER OF THE YEAR (2012)
UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association

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