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Independent film features local dancers

Updated: Thursday, August 14 2014, 06:34 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- A group of young girls from dance schools in Steubenville and surrounding areas are getting a chance to broaden their talents this summer by adding acting to their list of accomplishments.
They're getting that opportunity thanks to an Ohio native who's shooting her first film. It's called Shooting Stars. It’s a small budget Independent film about an Ohio dance convention in the summer of 1993. Both the director and her director of photography are from Ohio.
While they now live in New York City and Los Angeles, they came "home" put some Ohio kids in the spotlight.
Thursday's scene featured girls in flip flops, but much of the film focused on their dancing shoes.
The Best Western along University Boulevard in Steubenville was the set for Thursdays shoot.
“I play Michelle,” said Maddie Boyd of Casey Sisters Dance Academy in Weirton. “I'm one of the four lead characters."
There are dancers from area schools like Steubenville's Brenda Casey Dance Center.
Director Jacqueline Mallis considered using real actors but then, “I started coming every month from New York and meeting with them, watching them dance, getting to know them, and I realized they came off much more authentically."
The girls and their parents say it’s been a lot of fun.
“I made a lot of new friends, and I'm really excited to see what it's going to be like," said Jessica Walkosky from the Brenda Casey Dance Center. “It's been really fun.”
Despite being a small budget film with a small crew, it's been a big deal to be a part of for these girls and nearly 200 other dancers from across Ohio.
So what happens when it's a wrap?
“We'll send it off to film festivals,” Mallis said. “It’s a little film that has a lot of charm a lot of grit and anyone that loves dance, the 90s, or a girl, will love it."
Mallis she'd like to enter the film in festivals like South by Southwest in Austin and the Cleveland International Film Festival.
First though, it will debut this fall at a casting and crew release at the Deyor Performing Arts Center in Youngstown.
While it's not a full-length film, it will likely run about 72 minutes.

Independent film features local dancers


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