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Award Winning Filmmaker Marianne Hettinger's Feature and New Short to Screen in NYC Festival
By StudentFilmmakers.com Staff
posted Jul 22, 2011, 10:55
Award winning filmmaker Marianne Hettinger’s new short “Saint Vitus Dance” will be screened with her critically acclaimed “Mango Tango” on July 24, 2011 at the Celebrate Tango Festival in New York.
Award winning filmmaker Marianne Hettinger’s new short “Saint
Vitus Dance” will be screened with her critically acclaimed “Mango
Tango” on July 24, 2011 at the Celebrate Tango Festival in New York.
(New York, NY) Award winning filmmaker Marianne Hettinger’s new short
“Saint Vitus Dance” will be screened with her critically acclaimed
feature “Mango Tango,” followed by Q&A with the filmmaker on
July 24, 2011 at Stepping Out Studios as part of the week long Celebrate Tango
Festival in New York City. Her debut feature film, “Mango Tango,”
a romantic comedy about a New York dance instructor looking for “Mr. Right,”
has been described as "smart, sexy and seriously funny" by "Focus
Magazine." It won the Jury award for Best Feature at Ventura Film Festival
in 2009, and because of its great popularity has been screened at the Ventura
film festival every year since. Ms. Hettinger, who wrote, directed and starred
in the film, was named Best Director at the Detroit Independent Film Festival
The Celebrate Tango Festival runs from July 18th to July 24th and includes
the 6th USA Tango Film Festival and the 5th USA Tango Championship both held
at Stepping Out Studios, 37 W. 26th St, 9fl., New York, NY 10010, as well as
several ancillary events throughout New York.
In “Mango Tango” Marlene, a New York City dance teacher, while
juggling her career and searching for a meaningful relationship is driven neurotic
by monogamy phobic, obsessive and downright crazy men she encounters and dates.
To get away from it all, she takes a vacation in the German Alps. Suddenly,
she finds herself confronted with a life and death situation. The film features
music by Grammy award winners Pablo Ziegler and Michael Bacon.
Ms. Hettinger’s new short film “Saint Vitus Dance” is about
dancer “Margo Kaminski” who, on her way to a dance audition for
her dream role, gets stuck in a traffic jam. Margo decides to make a run for
it and finds herself dancing an unexpected duet with the Italian saint of dance.
“A dancer’s life in New York City is full of challenges: physical
pains, last minute auditions, traffic jams, and 200-1000 dancers competing for
the same role. And why do we put up with this? Because we don’t have a
choice. We dance out of love. But sometimes we can use a little help, even if
it’s from a fourth century saint named Vitus from Italy," says the
Ms. Hettinger draws from personal experience as a professional actress, dancer
and dance instructor. The versatile actress has done over 20 features, independent
films and television shows. She’s worked with such acclaimed directors
as Tim Robbins, Frank Oz, and Michael Apted. As an A-list dancer, solo guest
artist with many national and international symphony orchestras, and U.S. and
Canadian Ballroom Champion (American Rhythm and Theatre Arts), she’s brought
down the house on Broadway in "Latin Rhythms" with Chita Rivera. She
has coached celebrities Antonio Banderas and Idina Menza for the movie “Rent,”
and teaches daily group classes at the New York Health & Racquet Club.
Fellow dancer, and student of Merce Cunningham, Frey Faust, who plays Vitus
in the film, was her inspiration for the film. “We recently connected
again and I asked him if I could capture his dancing on film. Since Frey lives
in Europe now, he was available to shoot only one afternoon when he stayed in
New York City for a brief visit. He came straight from the airport and we improvised
a dance together. In the following months I created a story line around this
improvisation,” says Ms. Hettinger. Margo, struggles against all odds
to pursue what she loves, demonstrating that the universe will support you if
you follow your dream, what Ms. Hettinger has learned while pursuing her career.
In 2004, the filmmaker sustained a serious injury during a rehearsal accident,
and required knee surgery. Due to a technicality -- she was rehearsing voluntarily
without pay -- her union would not help cover the expense. “I didn't have
any health insurance and no means to pay $25,000 for surgery. Then, out of nowhere,
a couple who I was teaching tango to at the time, stepped in and paid the whole
sum. When I thanked them, they jokingly referred to Saint Vitus, the Patron
Saint for dancers,” Ms. Hettinger recalls.
“Saint Vitus Dance” stars Marianne Hettinger, Norbert Schramm,
Frey Faust, features music by Nicolas Neidhardt, Tosso Hettinger, photograpy
by Thomas W Campbell, Norbert Schramm, John Hudak, with editing by Thomas W.
Campbell. This 10:53 minute English language short is shot in New York City.
"With her first feature ('Mango Tango'), Marianne Hettinger proves to
be a real multi-talent," reports NBC News. The filmmaker, actress, dancer,
and dance instructor is completing a novel and is currently represented by Poets
Wear Prada, Hoboken, NJ.
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