Classic Clashes with Hip-Hop in ‘High Strung’


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Opposites attract, sparks fly, and dancing is done in High Strung premieres at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Saturday, February 6 and will be in theaters April 2016. High Strung is a film by Michael Damian. It is written and produced by Janeen Damian and Michael Damian the film stars Keenan Kampa, he only American Ballerina to receive a contract with Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre; Nicholas Galitzine (The Beat Beneath My Feet); Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, Wedding Crashers); Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina.

An official selection of the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival it makes its world premiere screening on Saturday, February 6th, 8:20 p.m. at the festival before appearing in theaters in April.

Synopsis for High Strung

In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find harmony to achieve their dreams.

RUBY ADAMS is a dancer from the Midwest on scholarship, living her first day in New York City. JOHNNIE BLACKWELL is a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported.

In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.

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High Strung is an official selection of the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Festival’s World Premiere Screening of High Strung is Saturday, February 6th, 8:20 p.m.






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