Icarus Films is excited to announce that Bobbi Jo Hart’s Rebels on Pointe (90 minutes, 2016, Canada) was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2017 San Francisco International Dance Film Festival. The first film about Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo (the “Trocks”), Rebels on Pointe opens theatrically at New York’s Quad Cinema on Wednesday, November 15. Following that, it will open on the west coast at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, then in cities nationwide.
The prestigious acknowlegment adds to other recent awards, including Best Documentary Awards at the San Luis Obispo and Mifo Miami LGBT film festivals and the San Francisco International Dance Film Festival, Rebels on Pointe is also an official selection at the upcoming DOC NYC Festival, where it will have one screening on November 11.
Rebels on Pointe introduces audiences to New York City’s unique and widely acclaimed all-male ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The drag dance company, affectionately known as “The Trocks,” was founded over 40 years ago on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has since developed a passionate following around the globe.
Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, Rebels on Pointe juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan.
Described as having “real heart and soul” by Get Reel, and “laugh out loud funny” by POV Magazine, Rebels on Pointe is a creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, and passion that ultimately shows that a ballerina can be an act of revolution in a tutu.
Montreal filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart has directed and produced documentaries since 1997 filming in countries including Pakistan, Russia, Great Britain, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, and Romania. With films like A Calling to Care (1997), Shrinkage (2001), She Got Game (2003), I Am Not a Rock Star (2012), and Rise (2015), she explores a wide range of different, often misunderstood, lifestyles in a spirit of shared humanity.
Hart’s last feature documentary, I Am Not a Rock Star, was nominated for three and won two prestigious Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Performing Arts Documentary, Best Editing and Best Direction.