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                                       FOOTLOOSE
                                 Production Notes




Release Date: October 14, 2011
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Craig Brewer
Screenwriter: Dean Pitchford, Craig Brewer
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller
Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language)
Official Website: Footloosemovie.com

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Writer/director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new
take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny
Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a
heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that
killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw
Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing.
Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with
the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.
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Co-Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take
of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny
Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he
experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a
tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont‟s local councilmen and the
beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that
prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban,
revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister‟s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne
Hough) in the process.

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment present a Dylan Sellers Zadan/Meron Weston
Pictures Production, “Footloose,” starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell
and Dennis Quaid.

The film is directed by Craig Brewer. The producers are Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Dylan Sellers
and Brad Weston. Screenplay by Dean Pitchford and Craig Brewer is based on an original story
by Dean Pitchford. The executive producers are Timothy M. Bourne, Gary Barber, Roger
Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman.

The film is brought to life by a creative team that includes director of photography Amy Vincent,
production designer Jon Gary Steele, costume designer Laura Jean Shannon and edited by Billy
Fox.

REVIVING A CLASSIC: A DIRECTOR’S PASSION

Craig Brewer is known for his distinct aesthetic and vision as seen in his critically-acclaimed
films "Hustle & Flow" and "Black Snake Moan.” With a reputation of being a filmmaker who
infuses his work with realism, grit and passion, Brewer isn‟t afraid to shed light on cultural
nuances that are deemed taboo by some. Though not a seemingly obvious choice for a
mainstream „80s classic, Brewer loved the idea of revisiting a film that had a significant impact
on his own life.

“When I was 13, “Footloose” had a profound effect on me and completely rocked my dome,”
explains Brewer. “The film had teen rebellion couched in community and a religious storyline
that didn‟t hit you over the head. I felt that it was truly a story that could be told today and still
be relevant, entertaining and essentially still “Footloose,” says Brewer.

Craig Zadan, who was also a producer of the original movie, recognized the significance of the
film in current times and also believed that it was something that would still resonate with
audiences. “There‟s a generation now that would find a whole new meaning in this story,” says

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Zadan. “The film touches on so many issues that people are dealing with today and, in tandem
with the musical elements and the classic nature of the story, it feels very contemporary.”

Brewer and Zadan‟s shared sensibility about the film‟s timelessness made for a perfect match.
“There are many people who could have done a rehash of “Footloose,” but it wouldn‟t have been
unique, original or fresh. There are many directors out there, but very few filmmakers and Craig
Brewer is a true filmmaker.”

Brewer‟s vision included telling more of Bomont‟s back story, which was a town shaken to the
core after losing five of their brightest teens, including Reverend Shaw‟s own son. “When Craig
and I sat down and talked about the movie, we both knew we wanted to shed some light on the
point of view of the parents, since we are both parents of young children,” recalls producer Brad
Weston. “We didn‟t want it to be just a teen rebellion movie because it‟s dealing with loss and
the lengths that these parents went to, to try and protect their children.”

To bring audiences inside the emotional state of mind of the community, Craig Brewer begins
the film with the tragic car accident. “The decision to start with the car crash gives the audience a
sense of the pain that led to the extreme restrictions,” states Zadan. “It‟s easier to see, in a
compassionate way, that this community was filled with grief-ridden parents trying to protect
their children and not just a bunch of conservative religious fanatics.”

FINDING THE SHOES THAT FIT:

THE CAST OF FOOTLOOSE

The original “Footloose” catapulted the career of Kevin Bacon who, at the time, was little known
to audiences. “When casting beyond established actors, audiences get to identify with a character
without the baggage and burden that stardom brings to it,” says Brewer.

Brewer first heard about Kenny Wormald from musical superstar Justin Timberlake, who
appeared in Brewer‟s last film, “Black Snake Moan.” A friend and former back-up dancer for
Timberlake, Wormald has had great success in the dance world and was waiting for the right
opportunity to make the transition into acting. The role of Ren MacCormack had the unique
opportunity to utilize his great talent as a dancer and provide an ideal introduction as an actor.

The magnitude of this opportunity was not lost on Wormald. The moment he learned that he
landed the much coveted role is something he‟ll remember for a lifetime. “I was golfing with my
friends when I got the call and I screamed, tossed my golf clubs and went ballistic. I knew right
then I had an amazing opportunity to not only dance, but to work with an amazing company of
actors.”

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“Finding a terrific actor who was also an amazing dancer was one of those miracle things, and
Kenny has given us an incredibly new and exciting interpretation of Ren,” says Brewer.

Being aware of the inevitable comparisons with the original Ren, Wormald knew he had to
approach the character differently and truly make it his own. “I wanted to put my own twist on
the character. I am definitely honored and humbled by this opportunity, but I wanted to make my
own mark as well.”

Brewer recognized something about Wormald during the casting process that would truly make
the character his own. “I noticed that there was something a little off and finally realized that
Kenny was trying to hide his Boston accent. I said to him, „You know what? I really want you to
be yourself,‟ so we scratched out that Ren was from Chicago and made it Boston. From that
moment, we really started seeing his character come to life.”

Triple threat actor/singer/dancer Julianne Hough, a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion
was fully committed to the role of the rebellious preacher‟s daughter Ariel from the start. After
Brewer came on board, he met with Hough to explore whether or not she fit into his vision of the
movie and flew to Nashville to meet with her.

“I wanted to find out why she wanted to play Ariel. I thought she had wanted to do it because she
is a dancer but, after meeting her and hearing about her life, I saw that she really understood
Ariel. Julianne is mature well beyond her years and I was incredibly impressed by her.”

Recalls Hough, “I had to fight for the role, but there was absolutely no way I was not doing this
movie.”

Although the role offered the opportunity to utilize her known talent as a dancer, Hough felt she
truly understood Ariel‟s challenges and why she acted out the way she did. “For me, growing up
in a religious family with lots of brothers and sisters, I definitely had to fight for attention in
many of the same ways that Ariel does and could completely relate. In Craig‟s film, audiences
will see more of Ariel‟s vulnerable side and why she acts out instead of just portraying her as
someone you don‟t want your son hanging out with.”

Producer Craig Zadan was excited to give audiences the opportunity to discover Hough as an
actress while satisfying their desire to see her dance. “We really lucked out to get a new actress
who‟s really talented and can deliver those heavy scenes in the same package as a famous
dancer. When you put together her abilities as an actor with her incredible talent in dance, it‟s
truly overwhelming.”



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Brewer was truly impressed with Hough‟s ability to handle the depth and complexities of the
emotionally charged scenes. “There are some scenes where she really has to bare her soul. Ariel
is a complicated character and is rebelling because of her pain, so while she has to be the sexy
wild child, audiences need to see a crack in her facade. Julianne worked every scene and really
swung for the fences.”

Bringing out the complexities of the strained relationship between Ariel and her father was
another big priority for Brewer. “To me, the conflict between Ariel and her father is one of the
greatest narratives in eighties movie history,” he explains. “I can remember the audible gasp in
the theater when Ariel blurted out in church to Reverend Shaw that she wasn‟t a virgin. It was
like a thunderclap in the theater. That storyline was one of the reasons I really wanted to make
“Footloose”.”

For the role of Reverend Shaw, the community preacher leading the charge on Bomont‟s long
list of restrictions and ordinances, the filmmakers knew they needed to find an actor who could
find the delicate balance between loving and concerned father and overbearing town leader. They
found their Shaw in prolific actor Dennis Quaid and were elated by his willingness and passion
for the role.

“Dennis is someone I‟ve always wanted to work with,” says Brewer. “When we first met, we
talked a lot about faith and shared the same respect for religion because of how we were raised.
He really had an understanding of the role and storyline from the perspective of a man of faith
and as a parent.”

“When we were casting, we didn‟t want the traditional stereotypical fire and brimstone
preacher,” recalls producer Neil Meron. “We wanted someone that was a human being, someone
that you‟d understand from both sides and Dennis had the capability to do that.”

Quaid signed on after getting a sense of Brewer‟s take on the film and how it could relate to an
entirely new generation. “The reason that I am here is Craig Brewer. He‟s a really great director.
I like working with directors who can write as well because they understand the music of the
spoken word.”

Growing up in the Baptist church with a grandfather who was a preacher, Quaid felt as though he
wanted to tap into the role with accuracy and with great respect. “I grew up in the culture and my
life was preparation, so I understood it. I‟ve never played a preacher before and it was important
to me that the performance and the sermons be authentic.”

While working with a legendary actor might intimidate most newcomers, Hough dug deep and
bared her soul with the support of her co-star. “To have Dennis call me the real deal and ask if I

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needed additional takes was amazing. The boost of confidence he gave me and the advice he
offered, there is nothing like it. I am so grateful for that and will never forget it.”

“I have a two year old daughter and it‟s really kind of a preview of some of the discussions I‟m
going to be having later on in life. Julianne is very authentic, fantastic and she brings it, that‟s for
sure,” says Quaid.

When it came to how to approach the character of Vi, the preacher‟s wife and mother to Ariel,
Brewer wanted to redefine and update his idea of a contemporary preacher‟s wife. “In the
original, the role of the preacher‟s wife seemed more of a tight reserved Puritanical position that
Dianne Wiest did beautifully, but I feel like it‟s different these days,” explains Brewer.
“Preachers‟ wives now seem less separate from the congregation and this Vi is much more
steeped in community and her own family.”

Filmmakers found their perfect Vi in Andie MacDowell who is celebrated for her understated
and powerful performances. “Andie is from the south and truly understands where Vi is coming
from and is absolutely radiant,” says producer Neil Meron.

“It‟s an honor for me to be a part of this movie and I think people will really appreciate the
message of the film,” says MacDowell. “It‟s an example of what can grow from fear and
illustrates how easily people can shut down, become closed minded and then try to control how
people think and act.”

“Andie really understood how important it was to play this character more contemporary and
real,” says Brewer.

Playing the role of Vi also reunited MacDowell and Dennis Quaid again as husband and wife
who previously played a married couple in the film Dinner with Friends. “I love Dennis. He‟s
such a really sweet person. I know him, so we‟re comfortable with each other.”

And, as the protective and compassionate mother to Ariel, Andie also had great things to say
about her young co-star Julianne Hough. “I love seeing new young stars and both Julianne and
Kenny are just destined for big things.”

The role of Willard, the country boy who befriends Ren, went to newcomer Miles Teller who
recently wowed critics with his performance in “Rabbit Hole” opposite Nicole Kidman. Teller
originally read for the role of Ren, but filmmakers saw him as the perfect Willard. “The moment
that Miles auditioned for Ren, he had the role of Willard,” laughs Brewer.

Coincidentally, Teller had his own history with the role having played Willard in a high school

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theater presentation of “Footloose,” which was his first foray into acting. “Who knew that years
later I‟d be playing Willard in a film? I‟m revising the role, but am definitely quite a bit taller,”
jokes Teller.

When first reading for the role opposite Kenny Wormald, the filmmakers recognized a natural
chemistry between the two that would transfer to the big screen. “I had not even called action yet
and those two already appeared like they were best friends,” recalls Brewer. “They were joking
with each other and giving each other a hard time, but once the scene began, magic really
happened.”

“Kenny and I definitely struck a bond when we first met and we were able to riff off each other,”
remembers Teller. “We hung out a lot off set and I think it plays well with our friendship on
camera.”

With Teller, filmmakers saw an opportunity to introduce a new actor to audiences in a similar
way they did with Chris Penn in the original film. Acknowledging that Penn‟s shoes (or cowboy
boots) would be hard to fill, they saw that Teller had the ability to put his own stamp on the
character and truly make it his own. “We wanted to find an actor who could do something
completely different than what Chris Penn did, but also be as original. I think Miles is a
revelation and his performance is touching and sweet as well as being comical and hilarious,”
says producer Craig Zadan.

A LOVE STORY TO FOOTLOOSE

About the Location, Production & Costume Design

To honor those die-hard fans of the original film, Craig Brewer peppered the script and visuals in
the film with nods to the original. The first thing on Brewer‟s list was the iconic canary yellow
VW Bug. “The Bug is a sign post to the fans to let them know that while the film is an update,
it‟s still the “Footloose” that they know and love,” he says.

When it came to creating the look of each of the characters, Costume Designer Laura Jean
Shannon‟s objective was to find the perfect balance in creating a current look for each character
without veering too far away from their original‟s signifying looks. “Our challenge was two-fold
for this project,” explains Shannon. “We did want to have moments that were nostalgic for the
audience, but we also wanted to create our own movie as well. This is very much a love letter to
the original and kept that in mind while we were making it.”

Many discussions were had on Ren‟s “look” in the film and taking into consideration his urban
roots, but Brewer didn‟t want to stray from the essence of who Ren is, which is someone who

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isn‟t one to follow trends.

“When I was coming up with the concepts for Ren MacCormack, I wanted to incorporate
Kenny‟s swagger and the way that he carries himself,” says Shannon. “I thought of James Dean
in “Rebel without a Cause”.” I wanted him to be very accessible, but have that rock star vibe.”

An example of how Ren McCormick used his style to make a social statement was his choice of
the much-ridiculed skinny tie on his first day at Bomont High. “Ren knew what he was doing
when he wore the tie on the first day of school,” argues Brewer. “He knew he was going to be
ridiculed for it, but I think there‟s a part of him that wanted that.”

The most prominent and memorable throwback to the original for Ariel‟s look is the iconic red
leather boots. “When I saw the original as a teenager, my friends and I all desperately wanted a
pair of red leather cowboy boots, so there‟s no way we weren‟t going to have them,” says
Shannon.

The other piece that remained virtually unaltered in this version is Ariel‟s signature prom dress.
The peach chiffon dress was a dramatically softer look for the rebellious girl that perfectly
complimented the arc of her character. “Ariel has a huge arc in the film and it was important to
me to reflect that in the clothes,” explains Shannon.

EVEYBODY CUT, EVERYBODY CUT:

The Choreography of Footloose

Considered one of the first movies to incorporate equal parts dance and music in a non-
traditional way, while maintaining a strong stand-alone dramatic storyline, it was hugely
important to the filmmakers that this film be as powerful and organic. Original producers Craig
Zadan and Neil Meron had worked with choreographer Jamal Sims on the film adaptation of
“Hairspray” and knew he would be a perfect choice to update the dance elements of “Footloose”
for a new generation.

Sims, whose extensive credits include the “Step Up” franchise, Madonna‟s Sticky and Sweet
tour, the 82 nd Annual Academy Award® and several appearances on So You Think You Can
Dance, jumped at the opportunity to work on a project that made an impact on himself as a
dancer. “The original “Footloose” was the first time I‟d seen that kind of raw street dancing on
the big screen and it made me want to dance,” recalls Sims. “I absolutely had to work on this
movie.”

“When Jamal and I first met, our common concern was how to have amazing choreography

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without it looking overly choreographed,” says Brewer.

A significant obstacle was upping the quality of the dancing and choreography to satisfy the
sophisticated appetites of audiences without straying from the freestyle and organic nature of
how the dancing services the story. “We had to always be aware of dialing it up and down
because audiences are much more dance savvy and expect more because they‟ve seen so much
amazing dancing on television and in films,” says Sims.

Due to the facts that both leads are professional dancers, the filmmakers had the advantage of not
needing an extensive rehearsal schedule. A few weeks prior to shooting, Sims worked with the
leads and the background dancers separately and then brought the two groups together the
weekend before shooting to work out the blocking and to make final changes. To give the actors
the opportunity to focus on their dramatic performances before diving into the dance, the
shooting schedule was structured so that all the dance numbers were at the end of the schedule.
By the time the actors finally got to the dance sequences, after putting their all into the dramatic
scenes and storyline, there was a great sense of elation and excitement.

“When we finally got to the dance number it was like „Whoo! We can finally dance and have
fun!‟ We felt like we were literally the kids of Bomont, we hadn‟t danced for so long and were
so grateful to do something light and fun and get it out,” recalls Hough.

In the film, Ren gets his first taste of the local culture when he is taken to the drive-in theater
where the kids of Bomont gather to hang out. The drive-in is a safe haven where the kids play
music and cut loose, away from adult supervision and local law enforcement. To reflect the
spontaneous and rebellious nature of the gathering, the movement is less about structure and
synchronicity and more about subculture and freestyle.

For Wormald, whose dance style leans more toward street dancing, the drive-in gave him the
opportunity to be in his comfort zone and freestyle without the confines of hitting every beat.
“We didn‟t overwork the drive-in and wanted it to feel organic. If the cops or any adults came by
we could break it up quickly, so it was just a free moving and fun hip-hop type of thing,”
explains Wormald.

For Julianne Hough, whose ballroom and Latin dancing borders on being a national treasure, the
drive-in dance sequence was out of her comfort zone and proved to be the most challenging.
“When we first started working on the drive-in choreography with all the booty-shaking and
popping, I couldn‟t stop laughing. I wasn‟t sure I could do it without looking totally
uncomfortable, but Jamal was fantastic and helped make it incredibly fun for me.”

In the film, Ren, Ariel, Willard and Rusty also venture to Bomont‟s county line to a Cowboys

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bar to blow off a little steam and do some „research‟ for their fight to lift the dance ban. “While
the drive-in was more of Kenny‟s number, I felt like the Cowboys was mine and was my chance
to shake my booty the way I know how to do it. I didn‟t have to tone down the whipping of my
hair, or „hairography‟ as Craig Brewer calls it, and Cowboys gave me the chance to let it all go
and have fun like a teenager.”

Although the dance style is country line dancing, which is not traditionally known for its heat
index, Brewer‟s objective was to amp it up and put a new spin on it. “Our version of country line
dancing is pretty hot and energetic. It ain‟t your Grandpa‟s line dancing, that‟s for sure,” laughs
Brewer.

Reeling from the pressure and blowback from the community, Ren drives to a warehouse to
purge his frustration and be alone. Just a man and his music. Brewer set out to capture the raw
emotion of the moment and get inside the power of expression and movement. “For Jamal,
Kenny and I, we look at the angry dance as the pinnacle of our existence. We knew we needed to
nail it and it‟s the perfect storm of all of our abilities.”

One of the most recognized and celebrated dance pieces ever filmed, the “Angry Dance” (as it is
commonly known) was an enormous priority for Brewer and a major impetus to do the film.
“Every filmmaker has a reason why they are doing a movie. I have a few for “Footloose,” but if I
were to pick just one, it would absolutely be the angry dance,” says Brewer.

Drawing inspiration from the locale of the story and Brewer‟s own southern roots, the piece is
more rock and blues leaning with a grittier and more emotionally raw feel to it. “Our angry dance
is dangerous and there‟s a sense of peril to it,” says Brewer. “Ren cuts himself and is covered in
dust. This kind of dance isn‟t about being pretty, it‟s raw and it hurts.”

For the filmmakers and cast, shooting the dance finale piece was a pinch yourself type of
moment. “I put on the red jacket, the song came on and, in that moment, I fully realized that we
were really making “Footloose.” The reality of what we were doing really sunk in,” recalls
Wormald.

The magnitude of dancing to the Kenny Loggins music doing original choreography wasn‟t lost
on Hough either. “We were at the rehearsal for the final dance and, at one point, both Kenny and
I were standing on stools watching all the dancers prior to be slotted in, and it completely
overwhelmed me. I got teary-eyed and I looked over at Kenny and saw tears in his eyes too. The
magnitude of what we were doing hit us together and it was truly exhilarating.”

THE MUSIC OF FOOTLOOSE


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Brewer wanted the music and choreography in this film to reflect the diverse tastes of today‟s
youth as a result of their unlimited access of music through technology and social media. “Youth
culture today is so different from when I was growing up,” says Brewer. “While I might have
had 20 albums, kids now have thousands of songs on their ipods that span the genres. I‟m more
excited about this generation because, just like spirit of the original „Footloose,‟ our music and
genres of dance is all over the map.”

With a rejuvenated film comes exciting new music from incredibly talented artists. The most
significant contribution to the “Footloose” soundtrack will be an updated version of the Kenny
Loggins classic. Singing the title song is reining CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and host of The
Voice, Blake Shelton. And, while the original version of “Let‟s Hear it for the Boys” by Denise
Williams is playing on the radio in a scene in the film, it leads into a new take of the popular tune
by Jana Kramer. Big N‟ Rich also lend their vocals to the upbeat “Fake I.D.” and are joined by
other amazing acts including Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band, Cee Lo Green and The
Smashing Pumpkins.




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About the Cast

Kenny Wormald (Ren) – Kenny Wormald is an American actor and dancer from Stoughton,
MA.

Dancing since the age of six, Kenny was accepted into Boston‟s prestigious Sherry Gold Studios
where his talent was recognized immediately. Over the next decade, Kenny trained in every
genre of dance, from ballet to tap to jazz to hip hop, and even received some acrobatic training!
In 1996, at the age of 10, Kenny was selected to dance for President Clinton at the White House
as a part of the annual Easter celebration but it was in 2002 when his talents were recognized on
a more official level when he won the gold medal at the World Dance Championships in Riesa,
Germany for a tap routine he performed.

Kenny‟s previous television projects include The Drew Cary Show and the MTV reality hit
Dancelife, where he was one of 6 dancers followed during their times trying to make it as a
professional dancer in Los Angeles. It was from that and a chance meeting at Millennium Dance
Studios with casting director Karen Meisels which led to Kenny having the opportunity to
audition for and ultimately be cast in “Center Stage 2,” his first leading role as an actor. He also
appeared in the films “You Got Served,” “Jackass 2” and “Clerks 2.”

He has danced in music videos for such artists as Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown,
Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Jojo and Prince and has performed live and toured
with numerous artists, the most notable of those being Justin Timberlake and The Pussycat Dolls,
both of whom he joined for nationwide and international tours.

Kenny currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Julianne Hough (Ariel) – A true triple-threat, singer/actress/dancer Julianne Hough was already
known to millions of fans as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC-TV‟s top-rated
Dancing With the Stars before expanding into the worlds of music and film.

Although she has been winning world dance titles since her early teens, Julianne‟s ultimate goal
has always been a career in country music. Her self-titled debut album, released by Universal
Music Group Nashville in 2008, hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard
200 at #3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. Her first two singles from
the album, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song,” soared up the country charts and
she earned her first two 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist
and Top New Artist. Hitting the road for the first time as a recording artist, Julianne opened for
superstar Brad Paisley and later toured with George Strait, playing over 100 shows in 2009. Her
second album, The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, became an instant holiday classic for her

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legions of fans, distributed exclusively at Target. Her much-anticipated follow-up album will be
released by Mercury Nashville later this year. Her latest single, “Is That So Wrong?,” is taking
radio by storm and reflects the edgier, more mature tone of the new CD. Julianne has written
multiple tracks for the new album, working with Dann Huff, one the hottest producers in country
music today (Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, among others). She is currently
touring the U.S.

Having become a household name virtually overnight on Dancing With the Stars, then making a
seamless transition to recording artist, Julianne is also well on her way to making her mark in the
world of motion pictures, most recently appearing in the star-studded ensemble of Screen Gems‟
dramatic musical “Burlesque,” working alongside Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Eric
Dane, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. In the film written and directed by Steve Antin, Julianne
plays Georgia.

A born entertainer, Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) always loved singing, dancing and
acting. At age 10, she was presented with an opportunity to study performing arts in London,
which established her fierce independence and was the beginning of a period of intense training
and education. She returned to Utah at age 15 and, after graduating high school, moved to Los
Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment.

Quickly earning a solid reputation for her talent, discipline and professionalism, it took less than
a month for Julianne to land a job as a dancer on the ABC game show, Show Me The Money and
shortly thereafter joined the Dancing With the Stars tour as a company dancer before joining the
cast of the hit series in the show‟s fourth season, where she was paired with two-time Olympic
Gold Medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno. She toured with the troupe again, before returning to the
hit show for seasons five through eight, pairing with Indy race champion Helio Castroneves,
comedian Adam Carolla, actor Cody Linley and country singer Chuck Wicks. Hough remains
the youngest dancer to have won the coveted Dancing with the Stars competition twice, with
partners Ohno and Castroneves and she earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Best
Choreography for her work on the show. Her skills as a choreographer also led to a collaboration
with Gwen Stefani on the singer‟s “Wind It Up” video.

While devoting most of her time to recording, touring and now filmmaking, Julianne is also
active in a range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts including the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, St. Jude‟s Children‟s Hospital and serves
on the American Red Cross Cabinet.

Andie MacDowell (Vi) – Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress
with worldwide recognition. MacDowell was recently seen on the big screen in the heartbreaking
true story of the Abbate family, “The 5 th Quarter” and in Fox‟s action comedy “Monte Carlo”

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with Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester. Next up is the indie feature “Mighty Fine” with
Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley.

On TV, MacDowell is featured in the new ABC Family series Jane By Design playing a not so
nice fashion executive. Previously she starred in back to back Lifetime Original movies, At Risk
and The Front, both based on Patricia Cornwell crime novels. She earned praise for her
performance in the Emmy-nominated, HBO original film, Dinner with Friends, where she first
worked with Quaid. Additionallyshe co-starred with Rosie O‟Donnell in the CBS telefilmRiding
the Bus with My Sister, directed by Anjelica Huston.

Otherdramatic feature performances include “The End of Violence,” directed by Wim Wenders,
which was selected to screen at the opening of the 50 th Anniversary of the Cannes Film
Festival; Robert Altman‟s “The Player and Short Cuts,” for which the cast earned a special
Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble; “Unstrung Heroes,” directed by Diane Keaton and the
ever-popular “St. Elmo‟s Fire.”

MacDowell earned the worldwide title of #1 female box-office draw with her performances in
the smash hit romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” for which she received a Golden
Globe nomination, and the western “Bad Girls” with Drew Barrymore. She also starred in the
holiday classic “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. In other comedies MacDowell continued to
partner with top leading men including Gerard Depardieu in “Green Card,” for which she again
earned a Golden Globe nomination, Michael Keaton in “Multiplicity,” and John Travolta in
“Michael.”

She first received critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife
in Steven Soderbergh‟s “Sex, Lies and Videotape.” The film won the Palme d'or at Cannes and
garnered MacDowell the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for
Best Actress as well as her first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, she has been presented
with the coveted Cesar D‟Honneur for her body of work, the Golden Kamera Award from
Germany‟s Horzu Publications and the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence.

For her philanthropic work, MacDowell was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane
Letters from Lander University and received an Honor of the Arts from Winthrop College. This
year also marks the 25 th Anniversary of MacDowell‟s relationship with L‟Oreal Paris, for
which she serves as international spokesperson.

Dennis Quaid (Rev. Shaw) – With every role he plays, Dennis Quaid upholds his place as one
of the most charismatic actors of our time. Quaid received honors from the New York Film
Critics Circle and The Independent Spirit Awards as “Best Supporting Actor of the Year” and
also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor‟s Guild Award for his

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performance in the critically acclaimed 2002 film, “Far From Heaven.”

Dennis has had a busy year in 2011. His film “Soul Surfer” in which he starred alongside Helen
Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb became this spring‟s sleeper hit. Also scheduled for release in 2011
is the independent feature, “Beneath the Darkness,” which also stars Aimee Teegarden. Dennis
recently completed work on two feature films. The first, “Playing the Field,” in which he co-stars
with Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones was directed by Gabriele Muccino
(“Pursuit of Happiness,” 2006). Additionally, he just wrapped production in Montréal on the
independent feature “The Words,” with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wilde.

In 2010, Dennis starred in the Sony Screen Gems fantasy-thriller, “Legion” alongside Paul
Bettany. He also portrayed President Bill Clinton in the HBO movie, The Special Relationship,
directed by Richard Loncraine, for which Dennis received a Golden Globe nomination.

Quaid began acting in high school and studied theater at the University of Houston. Soon after
his arrival in Hollywood he landed the plum role of a working-class tough in "Breaking Away."
Other early film credits include "The Long Riders" with his brother Randy, "9/30/55," "Crazy
Mama," "Dreamscape," "All Night Long," "Our Winning Season," "Cavemen," "I Never
Promised You a Rose Garden" and "Enemy Mine."

In 1983 Quaid starred with Mickey Rooney in the Emmy Award-winning television movie Bill
and its sequel, Bill: On His Own. A year later he co-starred with Randy Quaid in the off-
Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West," which he later reprised in Los Angeles.
Quaid splits his time between homes in Los Angeles, Montana and Texas.

Miles Teller (Willard) – Newcomer Miles Teller had the distinct honor and privilege of making
his feature screen debut opposite Nicole Kidman in the film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning
play “Rabbit Hole”. In the tragic family drama, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Miles
played „Jason Willette‟, a bit of a loner teen who escapes into a world of comic books and
science fiction.

Miles was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and during those formative years he developed a
love of sports and has remained a die-hard Phillies and Eagles fan. The family moved to Citrus
County, Florida when Miles was twelve. “Nice weather…we play baseball all year round.”

In high school Miles pursued his love of music; he and his buddies formed a popular local band
“The Mutes” and they were surprisingly good. During his sophomore year he and his best friend
auditioned for “Footloose” because “the Drama Club Counselor was really pretty.” His pal got
the lead and Miles was cast as Willard, the best friend. As a result he was recruited to attend a
six-week performing arts class in New York City at the New York School for Film and TV. Back

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in Florida he participated in the Florida State Thespian Festival. His monologue was impressive
enough to represent his district at the state event. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from high
school and auditioned for Julliard and New York University. After what he thought was a
disastrous audition, Miles was thrilled that NYU did accept him. This young talent would next
star in the hilarious new Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”) film “Project X”for Warner Bros.

Miles now makes his home in Los Angeles and continues making music with his new band
“Miles Away From Roscoe”. He sings, plays guitar, piano, and drums, and his passion is 60‟s
and 70‟s classic rock.

Ziah Colon (Rusty) – Ziah is of Puerto Rican decent, however, she was raised in a suburb just
outside of Atlanta. Growing up she spent most of her time performing for family and friends. As
she got older she decided to participate in her high school drama club and once she graduated
decided to pursue acting as a career.

Ziah Colon began her professional acting career in 2001. She then began studying at The
Company Acting Studio under Lisina Stoneburner. Ziah quickly began appearing in local theater,
despite constant commercial and film auditioning she was told that her ethnically ambiguous
appearance was not what the industry was looking for. In 2008 she signed with her agent Jayme
Pervis of J Pervis Talent Agency. She finally felt that she had an agent that believed in her and
saw her ethnic ambiguity as an advantage. Ziah booked steadily in commercials as well as roles
in Lifetime‟s Army Wives & Drop Dead Diva. In 2009 she won the role of Sujatmi in the
comedy “Road Trip: Beer Pong,” playing a Middle Eastern auto emergency telephone operator,
opposite Danny Pudi. In 2010 Ziah won her largest role to date as Rusty Rodriguez in
“Footloose.”

In her spare time, Ziah enjoys hiking, reading plays and spending time with her family where
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About the Filmmakers

Craig Brewer (Director/Co-Writer) – Craig Brewer is a distinctively regional screenwriter and
director known for using music to complement his storytelling. Brewer‟s films capture the
complexion and experience of the American South, creating unforgettable characters that
manage to both entertain and challenge audiences.

Brewer studied playwriting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. His first
feature film, “The Poor and the Hungry,” won Best Digital Feature at the Hollywood Film
Festival and was acquired by the Independent Film Channel.

Brewer‟s second film, “Hustle & Flow,” was financed by director John Singleton and produced
by Stephanie Allain. Shot in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, “Hustle & Flow” premiered
at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for Best Feature. The film
went on to secure a record-breaking acquisition deal by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films,
garnered an Academy Award® nomination for lead actor Terrence Howard and winning the
Academy Award® for best original song, Three 6 Mafia‟s “ It‟s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”

Brewer‟s third film, “Black Snake Moan,” starred Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. Driven
by a classic and contemporary Blues soundtrack, “Black Snake Moan” is a Southern gothic tale
featuring the Brewer hallmarks of sex, sin and redemption. The film premiered at the 2007
Sundance Film Festival and was released by Paramount Vantage in February of the same year.

In 2008 Brewer launched $5 Cover, an online music drama series for MTV he created and
dedicated to the Memphis music scene. The series followed a cast of young musicians as they
fought for love, inspiration, and money to pay the rent. The success of the Memphis series lead
to $5 Cover - Seattle, which Brewer produced.

Dean Pitchford (Co-Writer) - Dean Pitchford was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated
from Yale University. He began his career as an actor and singer off and on Broadway in (among
other shows) Godspell and Pippin before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing.

He won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe for co-writing the song Fame. Three years later, his
screenplay and lyrics for the hit movie “Footloose” resulted in an international #1 film, a #1
album (it bumped Michael Jackson‟s Thriller from its nearly-yearlong perch at the top of the
charts) and six top-forty songs, including two #1 singles.

Besides his kudos for Fame, Dean has been nominated for three other Academy Awards®, two
more Golden Globes, seven Grammys and two Tony Awards. His songs have been recorded by
such artists as Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Cher, LL Cool Jay, Bette Midler and Martina

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McBride, and have sold over 70 million copies.

His musical stage adaptation of Footloose played over seven hundred performances on
Broadway and is now being seen all over the world.

Dean‟s first two Young Adult novels, The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, have been
published by Putnam/Penguin. His audiobooks recordings of both (released by Listening
Library/Random House) were nominated for Grammy Awards. His third novel, N ickel Bay
Nick, is due in 2012.

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (Producers ) – Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are the producers of
critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series and Broadway
productions. All totaled, their films and television movies have garnered six Academy
Awards®, five Golden Globes, eleven Emmy Awards and two Peabodys. For their work in
television, their movies have amassed 69 Emmy nominations. Their work in theater has received
12 Tony nominations, including 1 win. Their work has also received five Grammy nominations,
including one win.

Their hit television series Drop Dead Diva, has started its third season on Lifetime in 2011. The
critically acclaimed series was created by Josh Berman and stars newcomer Brooke Elliott and
veteran Margaret Cho.

The producing duo were recently honored by The Casting Society of America with Career
Achievement Awards at the 24 th Annual Artios Awards.

Their three hour television movie event of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, with Sean
Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan was nominated for three Emmys
including Outstanding Television Movie, as well as nominated for a Golden Globe for Best TV
Movie. The film was also nominated by the Television Critics Association for Best Television
Movie or Miniseries and by the PGA for Best TV Movie or Miniseries of the Year. Raisin was
also nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, winning three, including Outstanding Television
Movie.

Zadan and Meron's last feature project was the Warner Bros. film, “The Bucket List” starring
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, directed by Rob Reiner, which won the National Board of
Review's Top Ten Pictures of the Year. It was also a box office hit grossing $175 million
worldwide.

Zadan and Meron produced the smash hit feature film musical “Hairspray” which was nominated
for three Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), winning

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many awards at both the Hollywood and Palm Springs Film Festivals. It grossed over $200
million worldwide.

In 2007 they were honored with the Hollywood Film Festival's Producers of the Year award for
“Hairspray” and “The Bucket List.”

Their feature film “Chicago.” which they executive produced for Miramax, won the Academy
Award® as Best Picture of the Year. Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards®, it won six.
Nominated for seven Golden Globes, the film won three, including Best Motion Picture (Musical
or Comedy). “Chicago” has gone on to become Miramax's highest grossing movie in the studio's
history and was the first movie musical to win the Oscar® for Best Picture in 34 years.

Their most recent television musical, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, starring Matthew
Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth received five Emmy Nominations.

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows starring Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard was
both a critical and ratings success, topping most Ten Best lists, receiving thirteen Emmy
nominations including Outstanding Miniseries, and winning five. The movie was also nominated
for three Golden Globes, winning one.

Their production of The Beach Boys: An American Family, was nominated for three Emmys
including Best Miniseries.

Zadan and Meron's new version of the musical Annie, which starred Kathy Bates, won two
Emmys, the Peabody Award and the TV Guide Award for Favorite TV Movie or Miniseries. It
was nominated for a total of 12 Emmys including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and
was also nominated by the Television Critics Association for Best TV Movie.

Zadan and Meron produced Rodgers and Hammerstein‟s Cinderella, starring Whitney Houston
and Brandy. The critically acclaimed television musical received the highest ratings for a TV
movie on ABC in over a decade, reaching over sixty million viewers. The production also
garnered seven Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Special of the Year.

Zadan and Meron also produced Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,
starring Glenn Close and Judy Davis. This landmark movie received six Emmy nominations,
winning three. The show was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and won the prestigious
Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting.

Their first TV movie event was Gypsy in 1993, a three-hour movie musical, starring Bette
Midler. Gypsy was a ratings and critical triumph and was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards

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including Outstanding Made-For-TV Movie (the first such nomination for a film musical in the
Academy's history). The show was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards including
Best Telefilm.

Other critically-acclaimed TV events include: Martin & Lewis starring Sean Hayes, Wedding
Wars starring John Stamos and Eric Dane, What Makes A Family starring Whoopi Goldberg,
Brooke Shields and Cherry Jones, The Three Stooges starring Evan Handler and Michael Chiklis,
Brian’s Song starring Sean Maher and Mekhi Phifer, Living Proof starring Harry Connick Jr.,
Amanda Bynes, Angie Harmon and Bernadette Peters.

The Reagans, starring James Brolin and Judy Davis received seven Emmy Nominations and two
Golden Globe nominations.

Zadan's first feature film production was Paramount Picture's “Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon,
which received two Oscar® nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and a Grammy
nomination for Best Soundtrack Album.

Zadan is also the author of the critically acclaimed Sondheim & Co., the first book ever written
about Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. He also produced the first-ever
celebration of Sondheim's work, called "Sondheim: A Musical Tribute," which was staged at the
Shubert Theater on Broadway. He subsequently also produced the digitally remixed and
remastered Original Broadway Cast Album of the show which, at the time, was the first benefit
tribute recording by a major record label in Broadway history.

They are currently producing the new television drama, Smash, in collaboration with Steven
Spielberg, Theresa Rebeck, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, for DreamWorks TV and NBC,
about the behind-the-scenes creation of a Broadway musical. It stars Debra Messing and
Anjelica Huston.

In 2010 they returned to their theater roots with the first-ever Broadway revival of the Neil
Simon/Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical comedy, “Promises, Promises” starring Emmy Award
winner Sean Hayes and Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. The production was
nominated for 4 Tony Awards (winning 1) as well as Best Musical Revival nominations from
The Drama Desk Awards, The Drama League Awards, and the Outer Circle Critics Awards.

They are currently represented on Broadway with a hit 50 th Anniversary revival of the Tony and
Pulitzer Prize winning Frank Loesser musical comedy, “How to Succeed in Business Without
Really Trying,” starring Daniel Radcliffe. The revival has been nominated for 4 Astaire Awards,
3 Drama League Awards, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and 8 Tony
Awards (including Outstanding Revival of a Musical), winning the Tony for Best Performance

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by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for John Larroquette and the Drama Desk Awards
for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for John Larroquette.

Dylan Sellers (Producer) - Dylan Sellers has produced numerous features, television series and
TV movies, including Ron Howard's “The Paper,” “Passenger 57,” “The Replacements,” “Cody
Banks” (1&2) and “Cinderella Story” (1,2,&3). Prior to producing, Sellers was an executive
vice-president at 20th Century Fox and an entertainment attorney with O'Melveny and Myers.

Brad Weston (Producer) – With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment business,
Brad Weston began his career in marketing at Lucasfilm, has presided over two major studios,
Paramount Pictures and Miramax‟s Dimension Films, and is currently a successful, independent
producer. After having produced six independent films in the mid-late 1990‟s, Weston went on
to run Dimension Films where he closely oversaw and executive produced the hugely successful
“Spy Kids” trilogy, “Scary Movie 2 & 3,” “The Others,”“Bad Santa,” and Robert Rodriguez‟s
“Sin City.” In 2005, Weston segued to Paramount Pictures as President of Production. While at
Paramount, he was responsible for such films as “Star Trek,” “Cloverfield,” “The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button,” “World Trade Center,” “G.I. Joe,” “The Fighter” and “Rango.” In 2009,
Brad transitioned to a producer on the Paramount lot, continuing to work closely with
management at the studio. He is currently in post-production on a second film for Paramount‟s
newly formed Insurge Pictures label.

Amelia Vincent (Director of Photography ) – “ Footloose” marks Amelia Vincent‟s third
collaboration with director Craig Brewer. Vincent previously served as Director of Photography
on the films “Hustle & Flow” and “Black Snake Moan.” Vincent's work on “Hustle & Flow” was
recognized with the best cinematography award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Vincent's earlier work includes Kasi Lemmons' “Eve's Bayou,” which earned Vincent a Golden
Satellite nomination. Vincent's diverse list of credits also includes “The Experiment,” “Way Past
Cool,” “Some Girls,” “Jawbreaker,” “Freedom Song,” “Kin” and the documentary “This Film is
Not Yet Rated.” Vincent, who holds a master's from AFI, was honored with the 2001 Kodak
Vision Award for cinematography at the Women in Film Crystal Awards.

Billy Fox (Editor) - As editor of “Footloose,” Billy Fox has teamed up with Craig Brewer for
their third film together. Previously, Fox has cut numerous films including the Academy
Award®-nominated “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” (Paramount Classics), “Four
Brothers” (Paramount Pictures), and “Traitor.” Fox was co-producer and editor on the Award-
winning HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, a project for which he shared a Golden Globe award
with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He is the recipient of 15 other major awards, including 7
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Laura Jean Shannon (Costume Designer) – Costume designer Laura Jean Shannon's recent
credits include, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" directed by Edgar Wright and "Iron Man," directed
by Jon Favreau. The latter of which earned Shannon a nomination for The Costume Designer
Guild award for excellence in contemporary film design.

Shannon was thrilled to be a part of the re-make of “Footloose” under the direction of Craig
Brewer. It was an opportunity to help create a “love letter” to the original, which being a teen in
the 80‟s was an influential film for her.

Shannon's work has a wide range, she began her career in NYC designing indie cult classics such
as "Requiem for a Dream," directed by Darren Aronofsky and "Made." directed by Jon Favreau.
Over the years she has had the pleasure of designing many genres including family favorites like
"Elf." which afforded Shannon a spot in the prestigious costume exhibition "50 designers/50
Costumes: Concept to Character," curated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences.

Shannon enjoys working all over the globe and calls a farm in central New York her home,
which she shares with her wonderful family.

Deborah Lurie (Score) - Named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the top composers to
look out for in 2009, Deborah Lurie has repeatedly proven herself to be one of the most versatile
composers and arrangers in Hollywood.

Music has always been a visual experience for Lurie. She was born with perfect pitch as well as
a rare condition called synesthesia, which allows her to identify every note by seeing a specific,
corresponding color in her mind‟s eye--and won her a childhood nickname as Palo Alto‟s
"human pitch-pipe." She became fully aware of these talents in the tenth grade while excelling at
music theory, a newly "academic" subject she had largely taught herself with colors since she
had heard her first scale. It became evident that Lurie wouldn‟t just continue to pursue music out
of passion, but make a career in sound, too.

Deborah Lurie began her career by scoring short films like the celebrated "George Lucas in
Love." In the years following, Lurie worked as an orchestrator on studio films such as "The
XFiles" and "X-Men 2," and as a composer for additional music on "Bubble Boy" and "View
From The Top." In 2004, she reunited with "Lucas in Love" director Joe Nussbaum, scoring the
preteen comedy "Sleepover" for MGM. In 2005, she scored the Lasse Hallstrom film "An
Unfinished Life." In the following years she went on to score acclaimed films such as “The Little
Traitor,” and the Tim Burton-produced animated feature "9." Debbie scored a second Lasse
Hallstrom film: "Dear John" in 2010; which earned her a ASCAP Film and Television Music
Award honored in Top Box Office Films. Most recently, Debbie scored the box office hit “Justin

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Bieber: Never Say Never,” and the Disney release, “Prom.”

Lurie has worked frequently with Danny Elfman, composing additional music for "Wanted,"
"Spiderman 3," and the IMAX film "Deep Sea: 3D" as well as arranging/orchestrating for
"Charlotte's Web," "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory," and "Alice in Wonderland."

In addition to work on film scores, Lurie has an extensive background as an arranger and
producer of pop, rock, and theater music. Lurie has arranged for such artists as Katy Perry, Kelly
Clarkson, Hoobastank, Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Hawthorne Heights, Daughtry, The
All-American Rejects, Allison Iraheta, and Adam Lambert. The #1 hit single “The Reason” by
Hoobastank marked the beginning of Lurie's longest and most prolific collaboration in rock
music with producer Howard Benson, who was Grammy nominated in 2007 for Producer Of The
Year.

Lurie's work in pop music began with productions for the live stage, including arranging and
producing the music for The Pussycat Dolls' live appearance at The Roxy, starring Christina
Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, and Carmen Electra. Deborah is also recognized for
arranging/producing the music for the Off Broadway musical Bare and Vegas' hit show
PeepShow, staring Holly Madison at Planet Hollywood Casino. In film, Lurie‟s arrangements
appear in the musicals Dreamgirls and Fame."

Deborah Lurie‟s career certainly is one to follow as her contributions to film, music, and stage
continue to reach fans all over the world.

Jamal Sims (Choreographer) – Jamal Sims has led the way in contemporary choreography in
the movie industry for over a decade. His work on “ Step Up,” “Step Up 2: The Streets,” and “
Step Up 3D” has turned the franchise into one of the most popular and highest grossing dance
movie properties of all time. Some of Sims‟ other film credits include “ Year One,” “Hannah
Montana: The Movie,” “17 Again,” “Soul Men,” “Get Smart,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox
Story,” “Hairspray,” “Beauty Shop,” “After the Sunset,” “Garfield” and “Vanilla Sky.”

 His work with producer Adam Shankman on the “ Step Up” franchise led to his choreographing
the Emmy-nominated 82 nd Academy Awards®, which Shankman also produced. Sims has
choreographed concert performances for Madonna (the Sticky & Sweet Tour) and more recently,
the attention-grabbing Wonderworld Tour for Miley Cyrus (recall the infamous pole-dancing
routine) which he also directed. Sims most recently choreographed the high-profile production
of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. Starring NicoleScherzinger andVanessa Hudgens and directed
by Neil Patrick Harris, Sims‟ choreography was consistently praised by critics and received
glowing reviews.



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Although rooted in movies, Sims‟ experience has also lead him to choreographing for the Teen
Choice Awards 2009, 2010, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2010 and several routines on
So You Think You Can Dance as a guest choreographer.




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