The Dance

Director: A.J. Ciccotelli
Narrative short
Drama, Romance | USA | 24 min
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After sitting in his drawer for twenty years, Oliver Boltzman decides to finish his play “The Dance” in time for its world premiere.  The cast features his wife, Clara, in the role of Kerry – based on his first love – and a leading man young enough to be their son in the role of Oliver’s younger self.  As rehearsals go into full swing and the opening nears, memory collides with reality and Oliver is plunged into writer’s block with no ending to his play in sight.


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Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:00 PM
Newton’s Third Law w/ Short Film (Kingsley Rm #1)
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
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Newton’s Third Law w/ Short Film (Kingsley Rm #1)

Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:00 PM

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

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Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:30 PM
Shorts Program: Life’s Ups and Downs (Kingsley Rm #2)
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
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Shorts Program: Life’s Ups and Downs (Kingsley Rm #2)

Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:30 PM

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

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Director’s bio:

A.J. Ciccotelli was born in Bangkok Thailand, raised in Queens New York and now a resident of New Jersey. He has been creative since he could walk. He fell in love with cinema during childhood after seeing Richard Donner’s Superman​: The Movie. He soon discovered slasher films and then the art house movie.  He enrolled as a theater major at Hillcrest High School under the guidance of Jessica Rothman in New York City and fell in love with the stage as a teenager as well.

Since graduating high school, he received a B.A. in theatre at SUNY Empire State College, M.F.A. in playwriting at the Actors’ Studio Drama School at The New School for Social Research under the guidance of Romulus Linney and an M.A. in directing at Roosevelt University in Chicago under many incredible professors and his mentor Jerry Profit.  Currently, he is working on a M.F.A. in screenwriting at The David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa with professors and leaders like Anya Leta, Antonia Ellis, Amine Kouider, Alex Kustanovich and most of all the leadership of Dorothy Rompalske and Erika Richards who has brought him to a deeper more profound way of living life and creating art.

His feature film Ripples of Water won the audience award for Best Feature Film at qFLIX Philadelphia film festival. Ripples is also a finalist at OUT Kansas City and a semi-finalist at Shanghai Film Festival.  It is an official selection for My True Colors Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York City (with a screening this month), Depth of Field festival in Rehoboth Beach, DE and received a Cornet selection for Queen Palm Film Festival in California. His short film IWSK will be hitting the film festival circuit this fall and has already started pre-production on his next feature.