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Dirty Step Upstage

Film
Film
Language: 
English
Other languages or subtitles: 
French
Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
83
Theme: 
American Films
Art, Dance, Music
Art-house films
Awards
Crime
Digital
European Films
French Films
Human Rights
Independent
International
Market
Multimedia
Thriller
Underground
Women
Category/Format: 
Digital / DVD
Experiment
Fiction Features
Independant
Mixed
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
Production year: 
July, 2009
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Amber always dreamed of stardom. She even imagined one day her hometown would erect a statue of her and rename itself "Amberdeen." She trained in music and dance from the age of four and went onto attain a degree in Contemporary Dance at the Academy of the Arts, QUT, Australia. Later, she completed a BA Honours in Theatre Dance (Musical Theatre) at London Studio Centre, Middlesex University. As part of the course they were required to make an 'art dance' video. It was then Amber dove into editing. While living in London she starred in several independent films including "Cross-Eyed Waltz" which launched her career as a producer (she forfeited her paycheck to help out the director). After returning to the USA she produced, co-wrote, and starred in the short fan film "Catwoman: Resolution," marking the first production for her newly formed production company ALM Talkies. Shortly afterwards she was invited to the MIDEM music market in Cannes, France. It was there he saw first-hand how low producers will go to fulfill their own ambitions. Armed with her unique point-of-view footage, "Dirty Step Upstage" marks her feature film directorial debut. It premiered in New York at the opening night of the Chashama Film Festival, where she also performed as Girl In The Red Dress, a musical character in the film. She went on to receive the Victor Award for Best Actress.

Film director: 
Amber Moelter
Producer: 
Amber Moelter, Bill Casale, Edward Wheeler
Screenplay: 
Amber Moelter
Editing: 
Amber Moelter
Film photographer: 
Amber Moelter
Music: 
Various, featuring Girl In The Re Dress
Cast 1: 
Nova Reid
Cast 2: 
Tom Wontner
Cast 3: 
Brad Madison
Cast 4: 
Amber Moelter
Cast 5: 
Magda Rodriguez
Film synopsis: 
SupaNova yearns for fame and fortune. Tommy claims he can get it for her. Brad covertly follows the pair of them. And Amber is filming everything. Against the glamorous background of Cannes, a young singer's attempt to carve out stardom descends into a maze of anger and violence. Catching everything on camera, Amber looks on as scores are settled and events spin dangerously out of control. But the drama unfolding before the lens will change her in ways she can't imagine.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $1 Million
Actual Budget: 
$250,000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Mini DV
Format Ratio: 
16:9, shot on DV and 35mm
Film Sound: 
Dolby A
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Chashama Film Festival - opening night of the festival

Awards received: 
Victor Award for Best Actress - Chashama Film Festival
Film reviews: 
"...My personal fave is “Dirty Step Upstage.” Director Amber Moelter keeps the viewer guessing: is it a real documentary or a fictional thriller? It reminded me of Jacob Aaron Estes’ gritty and brooding “Mean Creek” (2004). Both films share a sense of suspense and mystery that ooze through the films. The characters are ominous, secretive, and oblivious, driven by obsession, fame, and revenge. With all the proper thriller elements in place, a slow documented pace adds an underlying tension to the film. The visuals are supplemented by a soundtrack that is both memorable and infectious." -Shanese Taylor - Lead Columnist at Chashama Film Festival (http://chafilmfest.com/blog/?p=32)
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Tim Hayes
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
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