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Director Chris Wright's Romantic Musical Dance Film, "The Way It Begins," Screens as Official Selection at 2018 HollyShorts Film Festival


Charmer Film Stars Robert Roldan of "So You Think You Can Dance"

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) August 14, 2018

Chris Wright's directorial debut, "The Way it Begins"—an "utterly charming dance film…that will make you fall in love with the idea of falling in love." (Steve Kopian, Unseen Films)—stars Robert Roldan ("So You Think You Can Dance," "La La Land") and Jessica Lee Keller ("Adjustment Bureau," "Now You See Me 2"). The Official Selection at the 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival screens on Wednesday, August 15 at 12:00 p.m. at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California).

The romantic "La La Land"-esque 10-minute dance film echoes the golden age of musicals while packing an emotional punch as two strangers crossing paths on a train seize the moment to challenge a potentially missed connection as they flirt and dance through spring in New York City. Their dancing reflects stages of love-at-first-sight and what amazing things can happen if you just take a chance.

Chris Wright is a veteran television Visual Effects Supervisor who has popular series to his credit, including: CBS' Jim Caviezel starrer, "Person of Interest;" "Showtime's "The Affair" and "Californication"; ABC's "Madoff," starring Richard Dreyfuss, "The Punisher" and "Luke Cage"; as well as the multi-award-winning series "Mad Men" (AMC) and "Fringe" (Fox).

On breaking out of visual effects and into filmmaking, Wright says, "I've always been a storyteller and an entertainer throughout my career. What I love most about this journey into directing is the chance to connect with people in a way that informs, instructs and inspires. The filmmaking process is a collective team goal of creating something that didn't exist before—we get to share in the excitement of bringing a new vision to the world."

Wright's whimsical short film debut held its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the 21st Annual Dances With Films Festival as part of the Downbeat: A Celebration of Music and Dance program.

"The Way It Begins" is conveyed through music and dance with only one line of dialogue in the entire film.

As an interesting side note, the film's stars, Roldan and Keller, also played love interests on the show "Lucifer."

Wright says this "mini movie" was inspired by his love of old Hollywood musicals and the holiday classic "White Christmas."

He wanted to tell a story about two people finding each other and explore what the range of emotions would look like if expressed only through movement and music.

Wright adds, "I wanted to show a journey of emotional exploration set in one of the most exciting and beautiful cities in the world. This movie is not only a story about two people falling in love, but it's also a love letter to New York."

"The Way It Begins" is presented by First Step Productions in association with Screaming Runner Productions, and was written, directed and produced by Chris Wright. The film was produced by Jeremy Horn, Carlee Briglia and Steven Carbajal. The original score was composed by Alan Koshiyama and Jeremy Horn. The project was choreographed by Becca Sweitzer and filmed by Cinematographer Rachael Levine.

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About HollyShorts Film Festival
The HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The fest showcases the top short films that are 40-minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget. The fest was recently named an Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival.


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