“The Ballroom Dance Spell” is a fantasy short film about Alex and Angela working to unravel an occult society. They are thrown into mayhem when Cadence, a witch from Alex’s past, appears and casts a spell on the pair. It is a dance choreographed short film, blending Ballroom dancing with witchcraft.
Alex Demkin is a professional actor and Championship Ballroom dancer. He won the Eastern European Championship and placed as a semi-finalist in the World Cup in Latin American and Ballroom Dances. He’s appeared as a principal dancer in the Coen Brothers move “Hail, Caesar!”, in dance commercials including for Mercedes-Benz 2017 and with Misty Copeland at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York, choreographed by Derek Hough. He has trained with the Ivana Chubbuck, Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown and Elizabeth Mestnik acting studios. Alex speaks Russian fluently and is a professional billiard player.
Amy Levy is a psychologist who practices both forensics and psychotherapy. Intermittently, between her psychology career and raising a family, Amy has competed in and taught ballroom dancing in San Francisco, California. She studied screenwriting and producing at UCLA and USC in Los Angeles, California and has a great love for movies and acting.
Tia Streaty is a Michigan State University graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice (that has never once come in handy!) and a deep love for (re)creating stories and bringing them to life. An inexplicable fascination with film, television and commercial productions led Tia to pursue an acting career in the one place on earth she (and 528,713 fellow, destitute, aspiring actors/waiters and waitresses) was least likely to find it: Hollywood.
Tia has worked on films including Funny People, directed by Judd Apatow, The Roy Campanella Story for Hallmark, and With You, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress. In addition to her passion for acting, Tia is deeply passionate about volunteering and helping people who are displaced and living on the street. Tia gives all credit and praise to God, for placing the ambition in her heart to create and to serve. She believes she will find success in all of her endeavors.
David Levy is a leading international concept artist and art director. He studied industrial design and architecture in France and the Netherlands respectively, and is currently working as an art director and concept artist in the movie and video-game industry. David has worked on the major motion pictures: The AVATAR sequels, Starwars episode 9, BIOS, the next Suicide Squad, Tron Legacy sequel, The Thing, Prometheus, Ender’s Game, Spectral, and Tomorrowland. Some of his video game credits include: Prince of Persia 3 and Assassin's Creed. His interests and unique skills in video gaming, film and industrial design make him a sought after expert in his field.
David launched his directing career, writing, directing and producing the short film and pilot P.L.U.G., released in 2014 which won multiple prizes. P.L.U.G. took the sci-fi community by heart, topping more than 100,000 views in just a week on VIMEO after becoming a Staff Pick favorite and an io9 favorite blog post. It has reached now 2 million views on youtube and Vimeo combined.
Award-winning film music composer John Koutselinis, has composed high-quality film scores with notable collaborations comprising of music written for producers and directors, such as Gary Kurtz (Star Wars IV & V), Brian Presley (The Great Alaskan Race), Richard Bazley (Disney, Warner Bros) Steve Stone (Entity) , Danny Wilson (Nephilim) and Mel Smith (Director of High Hills and Low Lifes, Radioland Murders - Story by George Lucas).
John has written music for numerous award-winning films including the multi-award-winning animated film 'Nephilim', 'In Extremis', 'Centurion Resurrection' (Gary Kurtz -Producer, Richard Bazley - Director) 'We Are Angels' (featuring, Lisa Brenner-The Patriot- and Courtney Gaines -Children of the Corn & Back to the Future) and 'The Rocket Boy' (Official Selection-Sundance Festival) amongst others.
In addition, he has composed music for over 35 short films, including film scores for the short films by K&K Productions, which amongst others include Dragonball Z and The League of Legends, which have collectively generated over 15 Million views. K&K Productions have also created the film 'Cable: The Chronicles of Hope' which premiered at London Comic con.
He has recently composed the score for the film ‘The Great Race’ by Director/Producer Brian Presley, also starring Henry Thomas (E.T., Legends of the Fall) and Treat Williams, amongst others (Sony/Milan Records). He has also composed music for the films 'In Extremis' with David O'Hara (The Departed, Harry Potter) & Isabelle Allen (Les Misérables), 'Katherine of Alexandria' (Peter O’Toole, Steven Berkoff & Edward Fox) and ‘Nephilim’ (John Savage - award-winning score, music performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra).
John is the recipient of 4 awards, including the 'Best Music Score' award by the Sydney Independent Film Festival for the original score of the film 'Nephilim', and the 'Best Music' award by the British Horror Film Festival for the original score of the motion picture 'In Extremis'. He is also the recipient of several nominations, including nominations by the prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Awards.
Yana Lowry is from Moscow, Russia. She earned a BM in Flute Performance and BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She graduated from Duke University with a Ph.D. in musicology. Yana’s research focuses on Russian folk music, propaganda songs in the early twentieth century, and semiotics in music While at Duke, she was awarded the Evan Frankel Fellowship, James B. Duke Fellowship, and Julian Price Fellowship. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Dissertation Travel Fellowship and Summer Fellowship for research in Russia and Germany. She has taught at Saint Leo University, and is currently the Assistant Director of the FOCUS Program at Duke University. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and their two children.