ON POINTE tells a compelling story of a mother and daughter struggling to define themselves. The story follows Paige, a young ballet dancer, as she prepares for the biggest audition of her life. At the same time her mother, Lynda, tries to come to terms with her looming divorce. Paige feels her mother is holding her back from her dreams. Lynda fears her daughter may repeat her own mistakes and endanger her future.
ON POINTE will be a more positive, empowering and accurate look at the world of dance. From television shows like “Dance Moms” and “Flesh and Bone” to films like Black Swan, ballet is presented as a stereotype; a caricature of helicopter parents, drugs, abuse, and eating disorders. Ballet is truly an art form full of passion and love. It is a positive influence on a dancer’s life, giving them a sense of purpose, dedication, and a drive to succeed. Unlike others of its kind, this film won’t be an angsty teen romance or a melodrama about a psychopath. ON POINTE is about a young dreamer following her passion and hopefully creating deeper connections with both friends and family.
Director/Writer – Tati Vogt has directed and written films with her husband Anthony. The most recent is The Mentor, a dramatic thriller short currently in consideration at a number of film festivals. Tati has a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies from Dublin City University and attended Loyola Marymount University for a MFA in Film and Television Production.
Producer – Anthony Vogt has been producing for the last 5 years and most recently with his wife Tati Vogt. Originally from Minnesota, both his parents were professional ballet dancers and now own and operate a ballet academy, Ballet Royale Minnesota.
Executive Producer/Choreographer – Slawomir Wozniak joined the ballet of the National Opera in Warsaw as a first soloist. From 2000-2011 he was a principal dancer with the company. In 2000 he graduated from the Ballet Pedagogy at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. His choreographic works include: “Only Love…” Polish National Ballet, “The Nutcracker” full production for Poznan Opera House, Poland and Ballet Friends in Phoenix, AZ.
Director of Photography – Megan Stacey, from Sacramento, is an emerging cinematographer with a background in music video, commercials and feature films. Soon after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, she completed a number of low budget features and series as a cinematographer and 2nd unit cinematographer. In 2014 she was awarded the Ian Connor Cinematography Award. Amongst many other projects, Megan has worked on features such as World’s a Stage and a forthcoming video for Lolita Leon called Don’t Go Home Without One.
Singer/Songwriter – Rachelle LaNae, is a professional cellist who has played with the Minnesota orchestra. Having a wonderful voice and an incredible talent at songwriting, Rachelle started her own band a year ago. She is writing and performing the entire original soundtrack for the film ON POINTE. The song in the video “Let Me Burn” is written and performed by Rachelle LaNae and produced by Andrew J. Frederick.
Paige (The Daughter) – Juliet Doherty is an accomplished and versatile dancer who took home gold medals at the Youth America Grand Prix International Finals 2012 (Junior women’s division), and the Youth America Grand Prix International Finals in 2014 (Senior women’s division). She originated the role of Ondine Gigot in the Broadway musical Little Dancer.
Lynda (The Mother) – Kaitlyn Black is an American actress known for her role as Annabeth Nass in The CW series Hart of Dixie. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Kent State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. She has been acting since the sixth grade in musical and other theater and began dancing before that in jazz, tap and ballet.
Luke (Dancer) – Jack Beckham was awarded the first prize at the International Ballet Competition Varna 2016, as well as the promising young dancer award. He also won the Grand Prix, at the Youth America Grand Prix in San Diego.
Dylan (The Best Friend) – Jared Norton is an up-and-coming young music artist from Little Rock, AR. Jared plays Dylan, Paige’s musician friend, who becomes a strong source of support and shows her that there are many aspects to living a full life.
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