Dancing in September


1h 46m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Tommy, an African-American TV writer, has always dreamed of putting on a show that represents African-Americans in a positive, realistic light. She gets a lucky break when she pitches a new idea to George, a rising African-American TV executive. George is young and hungry, too, and tells her he also

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
2000
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

Tommy, an African-American TV writer, has always dreamed of putting on a show that represents African-Americans in a positive, realistic light. She gets a lucky break when she pitches a new idea to George, a rising African-American TV executive. George is young and hungry, too, and tells her he also wants to push for realistic TV shows about African-Americans. Under his guidance, Tommy's pilot is green-lit, and Tommy searches high and low for the right boy to portray the young lead. She unexpectedly finds him in James, a local hustler. The new series is an immediate hit. Behind the scenes, Tommy and George share their experiences as African-Americans working in television and soon their professional relationship turns into a personal one.While riding the wave of success and a sweeping love affair, Tommy is challenged by the need to appease advertisers and the network. As the show begins to fall in the ratings, she finds herself compromising her artistic vision with stereotypical portrayals in an effort to avoid cancellation. When, despite her efforts, the television network pulls the plug, Tommy and George must return to the beginning and re-examine themselves and their relationship, both morally and ethically. The two are forced to face the difficult choices about the limits of personal and professional compromise. The values and sense of integrity that once united Tommy and George will ultimately decide their future.

Crew

Casey Alicino

Key Grip

Cyrus Amini

Gaffer

Denise Anderson Poore

Assistant Director

Rick Aoyama

Music Editor

Richard Avalon

Assistant Camera Operator

Philip Bailey

Song

Steve Barsony

On-Set Dresser

Maeyen A Bassey

Assistant

Michael Beal

Song

Jason Behnke

Electrician

Alan Bergman

Song

Marilyn Bergman

Song

Precy Betiong

Camera Assistant

Matt Beville

Adr Mixer

Ron Blake

Other

P. J. Bloom

Music

Frankie Bray

Driver

Megahn Brown

Production Assistant

Rick Brown

Video

Reggie Rock Bythewood

Screenplay

Reggie Rock Bythewood

Producer

Scott Cannizaro

Adr Mixer

Reuben Cannon

Producer

Marshall Carlington

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Jonas Chaka

Production Assistant

Jemiscoe Chambers

Production Assistant

Sue Chan

Production Designer

Jim L Conway

Dolly Grip

Carlyn Couch

Stand-In

Carlyn Couch

Location Manager

Sean Cruse

Music

D'angelo

Song Performer

Adrian Dardas

Art Assistant

Siru Davis

Art Assistant

Rebecca Deherrera

Makeup

Peter Del Real

Grip

Michael K Devaney

Assistant Director

Yvette Devereaux

Original Music

Bill Dill

Cinematographer

Bill Dill

Director Of Photography

Russell Dunn

Song

Janet Fries Eckholm

Post-Production Supervisor

Wade Elemons

Song

Kurt Farquhar

Song

Kurt Farquhar

Music

Mario Ferguson

Sound

Rod Fisher

On-Set Dresser

E Monique Floyd

Post-Production Supervisor

Richard Foley

Photography

Duke Foster

Transportation Coordinator

Darran Fowler

On-Set Dresser

Eric Free

Boom Operator

David Freidin

Assistant Editor

Gerald Fried

Song

Paul Garnes

Associate Producer

Tammy Garnes

Coproducer

Patrick Giraudi

Sound

Latisha C Green

Assistant

Dave Grusin

Song

Danica Guei

Wardrobe Assistant

Vincent Guisetti

Foley Artist

Sam Hara

Driver

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Trey Henry

Music

Germaine Hill

Costume Designer

Kamaria Hill

Art Department Coordinator

Kwame B Holland

Song

Kwame B Holland

Song Performer

Steven A Hollenbeck

Adr Mixer

Ryan C Jackson

Production Assistant

Greg Jarrett

Electrician

Humberto Jimenez

Construction Coordinator

Jose Jimenez

Carpenter

Rutilo Jimenez

Carpenter

Camara Kambon

Original Music

Camara Kambon

Music

Camara Kambon

Other

Camara Kambon

Song

Camara Kambon

Song Performer

Camara Kambon

Original Score

Hooman Karamian

Production Assistant

Evyen Klean

Music

Kevin Krasny

Editor

Don Kurt

Producer

Lauchland Lake

On-Set Dresser

Trevor Lawrence

Music

Michelle Jade Lee

Production Coordinator

Pauletta Lewis

Hair Stylist

Richard Lightstone

Sound Mixer

Michelle Llorens

Production Assistant

J D Lombardi

Art Assistant

Araceli Lopez

Other

Michael Lowrance

Electrician

Michele D Maher

Assistant

Dessie Makovsky

Sound Designer

Tony Mariani

Assistant Director

Molly M. Mayeux

Line Producer

Roger Mcbride

Song

Erinn Mccormack

Post-Production Assistant

Albert Mckay

Song

Padraic Mckinley

Editing

Bob Mcmillan

Color Timer

Wayne Middleton

Associate Producer

Jeff Miller

Dolly Grip

Joy D Moore

Craft Service

Sean J Moore

Driver

Robert W Neves

Art Director

Todd Nicodemus

Dolly Grip

Matt Nicolay

Sound Mixer

Evangelina Nunez

Set Costumer

Eric Osmond

Assistant Editor

Bryan Pennington

Consultant

Natalie Perkins

Art Assistant

Johnny Ping

Photography

Joe Plenys

Sound

Joel Plotch

Editor

Emile Razpopov

Sound Editor

Ron Recio

Assistant Director

Jeffrey Lindsay Relf

Assistant Costume Designer

Pat Romero

Assistant Camera Operator

Paul Roome

Set Decorator

Barbara J Rushworth

Script Supervisor

D B Samuel

Transportation Co-Captain

Katrina L. Sanders

Transportation Captain

K C Saney

Music Supervisor

K.c. Saney

Music Supervisor

Rafa Sardina

Music

Skip Scarborough

Song

Therese Sherman

Photography

Porfirio Silva

Other

Sy Smith

Song

Sy Smith

Song Performer

Xavier Sol

Sound

Mark Sparks

Music

Rod Spencer

Electrician

Linda St Rose

Production Assistant

Charles Stepney

Song

Brent Studler

Electrician

Mark Taft

Unit Director

Mark Taft

Director Of Photography

Mark Taft

Camera Operator

Mark Taft

Camera

Brian M. Tanke

Driver

Ken Teaney

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Barbara Tillman

Production Accountant

Salvador Trujillo

Caterer

Alvaro Valerio

Carpenter

Cuco Valoy

Song

Ligiah Villalobos

Coproducer

Brad Wallace

Camera Assistant

Bernie White

Costume Designer

Maurice White

Song

Verdine White

Song

Donald Whitehead

Other

Tristan Whitman

Camera Operator

Reginald Wiley

Production Assistant

Addison Williams

On-Set Dresser

Kim Williams

Casting

Kim Williams

Casting Director

Alta Willis

Song

Brent D Winter

Sound

Edgar Zendejas

Other

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
2000
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States February 3, 2001

Released in United States on Video August 14, 2001

Released in United States February 2000

Released in United States March 2000

Released in United States April 27, 2000

Released in United States April 29, 2000

Released in United States June 6, 2000

Released in United States January 2001

Shown at Hollywood Black Film Festival February 24-28, 2000.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 2-12, 2000.

Shown at New York African Film Festival April 27, 2000.

Shown at USA Film Festival April 29, 2000.

Released in United States February 3, 2001

Released in United States on Video August 14, 2001

Released in United States April 29, 2000 (Shown at USA Film Festival April 29, 2000.)

Began shooting November 1999.

Feature-length film directorial debut for actor/screenwriter Reggie Rock Bythewood.

Released in United States March 2000 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 2-12, 2000.)

Released in United States April 27, 2000 (Shown at New York African Film Festival April 27, 2000.)

Released in United States June 6, 2000 (Shown at Acapulco Black Film Festival June 6, 2000.)

Released in United States February 2000 (Shown at Hollywood Black Film Festival February 24-28, 2000.)

Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.)

Shown at Acapulco Black Film Festival June 6, 2000.