Directed by Rowden Metzger
In this insightful short drama, acclaimed choreographer Alex(first-time filmmaker Rowden Metzger, noted dancer and instructor) struggles to complete a new work although he is haunted by memories from the past, grieving for his former lead dancer, and lover, Nicole.
Alex’s inner conflict and obsession may ultimately be the source of his artistic inspiration.
As the journey of his trauma is revealed we get an honest view of the creative process and what goes into drawing fine art from the depths of one’s heart. The film is “inspired by the life of George Balanchine and his relationship to women” Rowden Metzger says.
Special Guest: Rowden Metger
As a performer and instructor, Rowden has lived a life in the arts. Starting in early childhood, his training and experience spans many styles and genres, from classical ballet, tap, and modern, to contemporary dance and experimental theatre. Having trained extensively with many revered ballet educators, he has worked closely with Marat Daukayev (Kirov), Yuri Grigoriev and Arkady Nikolaev (Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet), Stanley Holden and Margaret Graham Hills (Royal Ballet). As a principal dancer and guest artist, he has performed with numerous contemporary ballet ensembles and classical ballet companies. Rowden danced with the LA Opera for five years, as well as productions at the Hollywood Bowl and the inaugural concert for the Roy E. Disney Center for the Arts in New Mexico with the Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre. His classical repertoire includes: Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, La Bayadere, Nutcracker. He has also worked with such notable director/ choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Grover Dale, Danny Daniels, and Kenny Ortega. He has been profiled in several dance publications. Rowden graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s College of California, with a BA in Performing Arts.
Cast: Rowden Metzger, Olivia Rosewood, Perris McCracken, Brent Keast
Screenplay: Rowden Metzger
Producer: Road Productions
120 mins“The Arts in Film” has been a core element, a large Section actually, of the Wine Country Film Festival from the very beginning in 1986. The intent of the Arts in Film is to present films that inform and inspire, that provide insight into the inner workings of art forms that are enjoyed in their finished product, but the process is hidden. Here are some of the very best short films that showcase The Arts in Film - includes Currencies, Fading Nocturne, Molat and Molat, Syncretic Noise, The Teacup, The Whirl and White.