Irish dance movie 'Curls' is being filmed this summer in North Carolina and it's reaching out to the Irish dance community and beyond.
‘Curls,’ a new Irish dance feature film, is looking for support from the Irish dance community and beyond.
Written by former Irish dancer Michelle DeGrace, ‘Curls’ wants to "highlight a community that is evolving from its strict traditional boundaries."
Outlining the film's plot, the team behind 'Curls' says: “At twelve years old, Caitlin’s got life figured out: she will follow in the footsteps of her widowed father as an erudite architect. When her Irish grandma suddenly moves in with them, Caitlin learns that the mother she never knew grew up in a foreign culture.”
“While her father wants nothing more than to ignore the painful loss of his wife, her grandma sees this opportunity as a chance to revive her daughter’s legacy through Caitlin.”
“Caitlin’s mother was a skilled and passionate dancer, so it’s in her DNA. As Caitlin navigates this white-dominated community of dance, she leans on the legacy of her mother to understand that the world is more than just black and white.”
‘Curls,’ initially a short film project, has expanded as the production team is aiming to bring the new Irish dance movie to a larger audience. But, to do that, they are appealing for support to help fund the project.
“There is no Irish dance content out there, especially a narrative film,” DeGrace said when describing the project.
An Indiegogo campaign has been launched online to help the production team reach their goal of $10,000.
Michelle DeGrace features as the writer, producer, and director on the new project and is joined by producers Julia Walpole and Emily Padgett, all of whom met while studying at UNC School of the Arts.
This week, the 'Curls' team traveled to Greensboro in North Carolina to share their project with some of the best Irish dancers in the world at the CLRG World Irish Dancing Championships:
Watch a teaser for ‘Curls’ here:
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