Mad Hot Ballroom
MAD HOT BALLROOM is a documentary about 11-year old kids being taught how to dance. The pupils are primarily from the poor neighbourhoods of New York, and the film follows them from their first stumbling steps, to the grand competition final. The interviews with the kids reveal some of the harsh realities of their social situation, and the teachers can't help wondering which of the kids will end up on the streets. Still the main focus of the film is that the dance represents a chance to step onto a different path, and even though the kids may have trouble ahead, this heartwarming movie leaves you believing that anyone has a chance if they know how to dance.
Marilyn Agrelo has been producing independent movies for 15 years, amongst others SMASH THE KITTY in 2003. After directing the short documentary THE ORBIS STORY, she made her first feature length documentary with MAD HOT BALLROOM. She is currently working with US AND THEM, a personal view on the gap between Cuba and the USA, featuring her own family.