Produced by Witek & Novak, Inc. and presented by Arizona PBS, the hour-long documentary chronicles the life and work of Steven Caras, a former New York City ballet dancer who transformed his career to become America’s pre-eminent dance photographer.
“This award confirms two things,“ said Caras, “Deborah Novak is a master film maker and--regardless of the setting--well told stories of human survival against the odds will always draw universal empathy and appeal.”
Now having the rare distinction of being introduced as 'an Emmy Award winning film' just weeks after the program has been made available to all stations in the public television system, timing couldn't be better, according to producers Witek & Novak.
“The response to the film has been amazing,” said Novak. “Dance fans love it, but often, people who have no relationship to the arts, are emotionally moved by the content.
STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE had its world premiere screening at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL in February 2011.
About STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE:
Directed by Deborah Novak, Caras’ compelling story gives viewers an intimate look at the ballet world through the eloquent narrative and unique perspective of a male dancer’s personal journey of challenges and heroic accomplishments.
Featuring Caras' breathtaking photographs of dance icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland and Suzanne Farrell among many others, STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE is a virtual portrait of the glory days of American Ballet.
The film includes lively interviews with dance luminaries Peter Martins, Mia Michaels, Jacques d’Amboise, and Patricia McBride to name a few. Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout also comments upon the artistic and historic significance of Caras’ work.
In addition to its Emmy, the documentary was recently awarded the grand prize at the 2012 45th annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival.
John Witek & Deborah Novak with their Emmy Award for STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE
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