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Determined to Dance

Determined to Dance

(15 minutes) USA

Tuesday, 10/26, 7:45pm (Session XIV)

Director/Producer: Peter Barton


A documentary portrait of an extraordinary dance ensemble from Memphis composed of young adults with Down syndrome. The film profiles individual dancers and their families along with showing performances. It also explores the offstage lives of the dancers and touches on some tough issues that go beyond the arts such as mainstreaming or not, how to find and create jobs, and other topics.


Peter Barton has been making movies for forty years. He's received three Emmy nominations, three CINE Golden Eagles and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Names Can Really Hurt Us, a CBS-TV special still used in the classroom to combat prejudice. Dial Press published his nonfiction book of portraits of unrich and unfamous actors, musicians, and dancers, entitled Staying Power, which was illustrated with his own photographs. His poetry has been published in Saturday Review and the New York Times. A Hustler's Story, done for Covenant House, reached more markets nationwide than any drama in the history of one-shot, independent syndication. His work has also appeared on HBO and Showtime. "Hatebusters," his WNET public service spots in which young people rap, rhyme and speak out against prejudice were syndicated nationwide. He has taught film production and writing at Bennington, Columbia, and Brooklyn Colleges and NYU. His first round of teaching at NYU was with Martin Scorsese when Oliver Stone was a student.

Contact Information:

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media
2406 East Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
E-mail: peterbarton@earthlink.net
Website: media.gfem.org/node/11230

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