A feature documentary about what it means, in equal parts, to be a woman,
a visually impaired person, and a dancer.
A talented and inspiring group of young, blind, ballerinas strive to be defined by their talent and determination, and not by their limitations, at the world’s first and only ballet school for the blind in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As they navigate the hectic and often inaccessible world of Sao Paulo, the ballerinas find and make a home at the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind.
Looking at the Stars is a feature-length documentary that tells the incredible story of these young women. It is a first-hand account of the obstacles and challenges the ballerinas face everyday and a celebration of their unadulterated bravery.
Looking at the Stars started as a short documentary thesis film in the University of Southern California’s M.F.A. program. The short won audiences’ hearts and minds, festivals, grants and the ultimate honor: the 42nd Student Oscars in the documentary short category. But the story lived on beyond the short film, the cameras continued to roll, and the filmmakers were witnesses to some astounding events in our characters’ lives.
We embarked on the feature-length version of Looking at the Stars, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2016.
To learn more about the ballerinas and the film, and stay in the loop of the film’s progress: