Hiplet: Because We Can

Created with the intention to inspire young Black women and men, this film brings the Hiplet ballerinas to center stage. Hiplet fuses classical pointe technique with hip-hop and urban dance styles.

This film showcases how amazing and gifted these young Black girls are, how they've battled adversity within the dance community online and how they are pushing the culture forward.

"Hiplet: Because We Can" was shot in Chicago on the South Side at the Grand Ballroom, a hidden gem that opened back in 1923 once known as the Cinderella Ballroom.

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Addison Wright




Director: Addison Wright
Producer: Addison Wright
Cinematographer: Dan Frantz
Editor: Andrew Hague
Sound Designer: Jim Carrol
Music: Sam Trump (Trumpet score), Ric Wilson (Soul Bounce)
Principal Cast: Yetunde Washington, Alana Larry, Alexandria Franklin, Camryn Taylor, Nia Parker, Jayda Perry, Skye Watts, Jacksyn Sallay, Homer Hans Bryant
Additional Credits: Camera Op: Sawyer Oubre, Assistant Camera: JP O'rourke, Gaffer: Scott Oldis, Grip: Dwan Robinson, Production Assistant: Kevin Smith, Domonique Abner, Boom Operator: Alison Bloom, DIT: Jacob Mckee, Colorist: Lindsey Mazur, Title Animation: Devin Hayes, Choreography: Jayda Perry


Publicity Contact
Betsy Shepherd
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 8 mins