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Running time (In minutes): 
Art, Dance, Music
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Production year: 
January, 2010
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Elise Swerhone, director of TuTuMuch, a theatrical feature documentary about aspiring ballerinas, is an award winning producer, director and writer of both documentary and dramatic programming. Her most recent documentaries include: Ballet High, a feature length documentary about the graduating class of the professional school at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, made for BRAVO!; The Science of the Senses: Hearing which aired on the CBC’s The Nature of Things in January 2008. Restitution (about the return of Nazi looted art) for the CBC’s Witness, Drug Deals for CBC’s The Nature of Things and Me, My Brother and My Father’s Van Gogh also for CBC’s Witness. Swerhone has written, directed and edited episodes for the Gemini Award-winning series Recreating Eden and has recently directed a three-part series about young ballerinas for BRAVO! called Ballet Girls.

Film director: 
Elise Swerhone
Merit Jensen Carr & Vonnie Von Helmolt
About the Producer: 
<p> <b>Merit Jensen Carr</b> </p> <p> For twenty years Merit Jensen Carr has worked with Canada’s foremost writers and directors to produce top quality award winning lifestyle, documentary and dramatic programming through her company Merit Motion Pictures. </p> <p> Under Jensen Carr's leadership, Merit Motion Pictures has produced a wide slate of award-winning documentary and dramatic programs which have sold around the world. Jensen Carr is Executive Producer of all productions produced by her company, Merit Motion Pictures, including five seasons of the Gemini Award-winning documentary series, Recreating Eden. </p> <p> <b>Vonnie Von Helmolt</b> </p> <p> With an international reputation for producing award-winning films, Vonnie Von Helmolt has produced and co-produced a variety of features, television movies, series, documentaries and specials over the last 20 years. Awards include an International Emmy, Canadian Geminis, Manitoba Blizzards, and major international film festival awards in Canada, Europe and Asia. Nominations include US Cable Ace awards, Banff Television Rockies, and numerous international television awards. </p> <p> Her dance feature drama Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary, directed by noted auteur Guy Maddin was named one of Canada's Top Ten Feature Films, and made the Village Voice NEW YORK Critics list of the top10 films of 2003, in addition to winning numerous international film festival awards, Geminis, Blizzards and an International Emmy. </p>
Brad Caslor
Film photographer: 
Bruce Monk
Bob Stewart
Shawn Pierce
Art Director: 
Charles Konowal; Keith Eidse
Film synopsis: 
TuTuMUCH follows 9 young dancers behind-the-scenes where they plié and pirouette for coveted spots in an intensive 4 week professional ballet summer program. Leaving behind their families and friends, often for the first time, each girl confronts in her own way the painstaking and sometimes rewarding realities of actually living her dream. TuTuMUCH is a glimpse of how it feels to embark on a career of dance at the age of twelve.
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Seoul International Family Film Festival

Foyle Film Festival


Cannes Marche du Film

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<p> National Post - Canada nationwide </p> <p> Metro News - Ottawa, ON, Canada </p> <p> Montreal Gazette - Montreal, PQ, Canada </p> <p> Toronto Star - Toronto, ON, Canada </p> <p> Vue Weekly - Edmonton, AB Canada </p> <p> Uptown Magazine - Winnipeg, MB, Canada </p> <p> Winnipeg Sun - Winnipeg, MB, Canada </p>
Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Ballet Girls Inc.
248 Princess Street Winnipeg, MB R3B1M2 Canada
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Jennifer Jensen Tracy
publicity address: 
248 Princess Street Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M2
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