Daniel's big dream: perform the dance of a lifetime under the northern lights to celebrate freedom of gender expression.
Daniel is a a 60 years old bisexual dancer with a big dream: dance under the Canadian northern lights to celebrate freedom of expression. A journey awaits, coloured by the majestic lands of West Canada and saturated by the most intriguing, provocative and authentic character I’ve met. His special Art Van and our team together form the caravan that encapsulates our values to celebrate diversity, authenticity and freedom of expression. As the 3000 miles road trip unfolds, we will learn about Daniel's life and motivations, making this a character driven documentary that speaks for the LGBTQ+ Community in Canada. We will explore the communities and events that color the lands through Daniel's eyes: Daniel underpins the story, as the dance of a lifetime fuels the adventure… If not here, where? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
WE ARE PLANTING THE FLAG OF DIVERSITY UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Dandy Dan is a documentary feature film that speaks for the LGBTQ+ community by sharing the journey of Daniel, a 60 years old bisexual dancer, in reaching the Northern Lights to perform a dance that stands for freedom of gender expression.
The film explores what it means to be part of the LGBTQ+ community while educating and inspiring the new generations on the highly relevant topic of gender expression. In other words, we are planting the flag of diversity under the emblematic event of the Aurora Borealis.
The project encapsulates the authenticity, diversity and spiritual values that shaped Daniel's personality, and that can provide insight on the communities that deserve the cultural megaphone we as filmmakers can offer.
In a society where diversity still needs to be fully embraced in its beauty, it's time to reach out through the strongest personalities and communicators to lift the heavy stone of standardisation and unveil the beauty of diversity in West Canada.
The objective of this project is to shine light on the authenticity that fuels characters like Daniel, to educate and inspire the future generations of leaders though compelling and substantial storytelling.
The feature documentary format gives us the opportunity to dive deep into the topic and share the dynamics necessary to deliver the message: our objective is to educate and inspire divergent minds between 18-30 years old, while keeping the documentary accessible and digestible to people of all ages, races and gender.
It is structured into 3 major chapters, dedicated to the character, the journey and the dance. The content distances from repetitive biographical content, and resonates with educational entertaining storytelling that pivots around the personality of Daniel. The crew will travel in an RV, to follow Daniel who will travel in his Art Van through British Columbia, Yukon and the Northern Territories, lands famous for their wonderful landscapes and aesthetic values.
WHEN & WHERE?
We aim to reach the northern lights in Inuvik, and cross the west coast in a journey that explores the outside, just as much as it delves into the personal motivations and emotional dynamics of Daniel.
As you are reading, we are nurturing relationships with various Northern Lights experts and tourism organisations that can link us to the best observation points. The length of the full road trip is of 2 weeks. Surrounded by 2 well trusted friends and outstanding cinematographers, this is the right time and the right way to give birth to an original powerful documentary that marries authenticity with diversity and freedom of expression. All the dots are aligned to crystalize the story that can speak out loud for many voices that saturate Canada in the 21st Century.
IF NOT HERE, WHERE?
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
THE TEAM ON THE RUN
Showrunner/Producer - Director - Cinematographer
Ruggero Romano, native to the European province of Italy, is an enthusiastic storyteller who delves deeply into the art of cinema with vibran interest and effervescent passion, constantly living in the grasp of curiosity. He dedicates himself to authentic stories that embrace the patterns of Humanity, and vies eagerly to encapsulate all its beauties in his documentary films.
If you ever spot him, he will likely be waving his arms every which way speaking randomized Italian phrases, quite loudly as well. He likes to be ever so provocative, a word in conversation with him is not only hammered home, but nailed to the front door in great enthusiasm and frivolity. A keen traveler of both the world and the mind who owns an unwavering demeanor. He simply loves Life! biography by Villiam Chahal
Ruggero has already produced and directed similar documentaries. His most recent work can be found here: www.ruggeroromano.com/projects
Cinematographer - Sound
Andreas Psaltis is a Vancouver-based cinematographer from Cyprus, a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. His work ranges from commercials to educational content, promotional videos and documentaries. His calling is telling stories that matter through the cinematic arts.
His determination, dedication and warm heart made him a well established personality in the industry, who continuously challenges the boundaries of the craft.
As a scholarship-winning graduate at Vancouver Film School, Andreas is an enthusiastic storyteller who lives to tell the next big story though the power of compelling visual communication.
You can find Andreas' reel here: https://vimeo.com/251446601
Cinematographer - Sound
Carlos Garcia is a Vancouver based Cinematographer. He is devoted to the craft of filmmaking, and dedicated to shape the light within a range of projects: documentaries, short films, music videos and commercials.
Originally from Mexico, Carlos has a sensitive perspective and broad knowledge that allows him to be truthful and passionate about the story. His goal is to keep developing a visual style while sharing powerful images that will inspire and move others.
You can find Carlos' reel here: https://vimeo.com/216575843
The plan consists of a single trip during winter time, when the northern light are more visible. We will assist each other during the production phases and align a trio that has experience in directing, filming and sound-recording, to successfully fulfil all technical requirements.
Our team, open to adventures of all kinds, has already successfully collaborated multiple times. Together we can meet a balance that respects constistency in style, and guarantees entertaining substastantial storytelling: we love what we do.
We are open to any questions, and love chatting face to face!
Feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org