Phoenix Dance
A heroic journey from loss to faith, trust, and beauty.

A film by Karina Epperlein

Distributed by
Fanlight Productions

Fanlight Productions

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“Deeply inspirational…

—The New York Times



—The Village Voice



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2006 “Short-listed” for Oscar nomination: Short Documentary

It seems impossible—but after losing a leg to cancer, accomplished dancer Homer Avila returns to the stage without crutches, performing with Andrea Flores a duet choreographed by Alonzo King. The rehearsal process is fierce and tender. Solo or intertwined, Homer collaborates in his now “imperfect” body—and his “one-leggedness” turns into transcendent beauty.

san Francisco Film Festival Sydney Film Festival
left Newport Beach Film Festival
2007 Jury Award, Best Short Documentary
left Black Maria Film & Video Festival
2008 Grand Prize, Best of Festival, Documentary
left SAPPORO Short Fest, Japan
2008 Best Documentary
Phoenix Dance is available in DigiBeta, Beta SP and DVD. This 16-minute version is also available in 35mm film.
(There is as well a 22-minute version that is available for dance, disability, and health & healing venues.)


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