Press Junket for Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

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Dance is a very powerful drug, if embraced judiciously; to reap its rewards, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance. Frank Keene, a grieving baker in a near catatonic state, happens on a car accident. The loquacious and insightful victim, Steve Mills, is on his way to an appointment in Pasadena with a years-ago acquaintance; he asks Frank to go in his place. It's a dance class. Frank goes, to find Steve's friend. The story moves back and forth among Steve's childhood, the scene of the accident, and the aftermath of Frank's first Lindy hop. Black eyes, group therapy, loneliness, boys being boys, roads not taken, and saying good-bye color the story. (J. Hailey, IMDb)

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Randall Miller

Cast and Crew

Partial Cast and Crew List (IMDb):

Writing Credits
Randall Miller (screenplay & short film)
Jody Savin (screenplay)

Partial Cast
John Goodman – Steve Mills

Elden Henson – Young Steve Mills/Samson
Robert Carlyle – Frank Keane
Sean Astin – Kip Kipling
Teresa Johnston – Kate Collmary
Kelley Parker – Young Lisa Gobar
Michael Bower – Tommy Tanksley
Camryn Manheim – Lisa Gobar
Marisa Tomei – Meredith Morrison
Donny Wahlberg – Randall Ipswitch

Mary Steenbergen – Marienne Hotchkiss
Danny DeVito – Booth

Produced by:
Robert Bauer

Eileen Craft
Randall Miller
Morris Ruskin
Jody Savin

Original Music
Mark Adler

Jonathon Sela

Film Editing
Randall Miller

Sarah Finn
Courtney Gross
Randi Hiller



John Anderson, "No Film Distributor? Then D.I.Y.," (New York Times, July 30, 2008).


Jeannette Catsoulis, "A New Life Awaits at 'Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School," New York Times, March 31, 2006.


Robert W. Welkos, "They've bet the house on a second chance," (LA Times, January 23, 2005).

Awards, Nominations, Festivals

2006 - Casting Society of America, USA - Nominated, Artois, for Best Independent Feature Film Casting (Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller)

2005 - Sundance Film Festival