Amy's Victory Dance

On May 1, 2009, Amy Jordan a New York City based former professional dancer crossed the street and was hit and ran over by a 15 ton New York City Express bus pinning her under the wheel, knocking her unconscious. As she regains awareness, she remembers having ... read more

Duration: 1 hr 26 min 22 sec

Genres: Docu-Feature

Country: United States

Director: Brian Thomas

Submitted By: Brian Rubiano

Amy's Victory Dance Poster
On May 1, 2009, Amy Jordan a New York City based former professional dancer crossed the street and was hit and ran over by a 15 ton New York City Express bus pinning her under the wheel, knocking her unconscious. As she regains awareness, she remembers having no feeling on the right side of her body. Her first thought, “Am I ever going to dance again?” Her second thought was “ If I survive the night there will be a Victory Dance !
  • Directors
    Brian Thomas
    https://www.brianthomasfilms.com/
  • Producers
    Brian Rubiano (Post-Producer)
    Post-Producer (Dark Matter-Short Film; Amy's Victory Dance-Feature Documentary)); Producer (FollowLeadLOVE-Still in Production-Feature Documentary)
  • Producers
    Brian Thomas (Producer)
  • Editor
    Brian Thomas
  • Main Subject of the Documentary
    Amy Jordan
  • Original Music
    David Shenton
  • Consulting Producer
    Frederick Rendina
  • Additional Editor
    Francisco Fagan
  • Additional Camera Operator
    Johnny Tsang
  • Additional Camera Operator
    Frank Angelcyk
  • Additional Camera Operators
    Mark Cruz
  • Additional Camera Operators
    Sutthaya Chalassathien
  • Colorist
    Frederick Trevino of Beambox Studio
  • Performance Video
    Nel Shelby Productions
  • Archival Footage
    Basia Winograd
  • Archival Footage
    Ramon Morillo
  • Film Type
    Docu-Feature
  • Genres
    Feature Documentary
  • Runtime
    1 hours 26 minutes 22 seconds
  • Production Budget
    400000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Country of Filming
    United States
  • Film Language
    English
  • Shooting Format
    Digital (Sony FS7 422HQ)
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Reel Abilities Film Festival New York
United States
New York City
04/05/2020
Virtual Premiere
Official Selection

Druk International Film Festival
Bhutan
Paro
WINNER- Films on Disability Issue Category (May 2020)

Tagore International Film Festival
India
West Bengal
WINNER- Films on Disability Issue Category (May 2020)

Cult Critic Movie Awards
India
Kolkata
WINNER-Films on Disability Issue Category (June 2020)

Cult Critic Movie Awards
India
Kolkata
WINNER- Documentary Films Category (June 2020)

Cult Critic Movie Awards
India
Kolkata
WINNER- Experimental Films Category (June 2020)

Druk International Film Festival
Bhutan
Paro
Outstanding Achievement Award - Documentary Films Category (May 2020)

Tagore International Film Festival
India
West Bengal
Outstanding Achievement Award - Documentary Films Category ( May 2020)

Changing Face International Film Festival
Australia
Sydney
SEMI-FINALIST (June 2020) -Documentary Feature Category

The IndieFest Film Awards
United States
La Jolla, California
Official Selection

Accolade Global Film Competition
United States
La Jolla, California
Official Selection

2020 VIRTUAL REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL & Symposium
Official Selection

ISTANBUL FILM AWARDS
Turkey
Istanbul
Official Selection- Best Feature Documentary Category

ISTANBUL FILM AWARDS
Turkey
Istanbul
Official Selection - Best Feature Film On Disability Issue Category

Director's Biography

Brian was nominated for an Emmy Award for his choreography for the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special and received outstanding recognition from the national academy of television arts and sciences (Emmy Award) for his 10 years working as lead choreographer for PBS series, Sesame Street in 2010-2011. He was the Creative and Associate Director for Cirque Times Square for Cirque du Soleil. Brian is also the Producer/Director/Editor of the documentary Amy’s Victory Dance by SpinKick Pictures a company he owns and operates and was recently selected on Reel Abilities Film Fest New York and had its premiere virtual screening in April of 2020. He is also the Director and Editor of the Short Film Dark Matter with Desmond Richardson as the main character. Brian is also in the process of directing another feature documentary entitled FollowLeadLOVE under Transend'Daens Production partnering once again with Brian Rubiano as the Producer. Website: https://www.brianthomasfilms.com/

Director's Statement

I hope people are just a little more … awake. I remember going on the subway and you know… you don’t know what challenges people are facing. Being with Amy and traveling with her on the subways… people don’t get up… and she’s got her cane and people just get frustrated with her as if she’s in the way. I feel for Amy, but also I’ve been on the other side of that where I’m in a hurry and you see someone coming up the stairs and you put your headset in a little further because you want to blow past them since you have to be somewhere… but honestly I just want people to have a little more empathy for what we are all going through as individuals. Because now that I have met Amy, my perspective on life and on humanity has changed tremendously.

Patience. Empathy. That’s what I am hoping to communicate with this finished work. The need for patience and empathy. And the story of an amazing person who has been triumphant through many struggles and is as beautiful inside and out as she ever was.

I know that I don’t walk down the street the same way or ride the subway the same way after meeting Amy. I”m a little more conscious and awake. Especially when those buses are coming… I’m like… STEP BACK.

If she can get up there and dance after all the obstacles she’s facing… I think to myself… what excuse to you have? Amy is living proof that anything is possible.

1 Reviews
  • Story of self challenge for a victory dance . Best Wishes.

    05 Aug, 2020

    Marcello Villiagram
    Response from Project Creater:

    Much gratitude :-)

    05 Aug, 2020
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Laurels and Certificates
  • WINNER-EXPERIMENTAL FILM CATEGORY
  • WINNER-Films on Disability Issue Category
  • WINNER-Documentary Film Category
  • Cult Critic Winner Laurel
  • Outstanding Achievement Award- Documentary Films Category
  • WINNER-Best Film on Disability Issue Category (May 2020)
  • TIFF Laurel
  • OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Documentary Films Category (May 2020)
  • WINNER-Best Film on Disability Issue Category (May 2020)
  • DIFF Laurel
  • CFIFF Laurel
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION-2020 Virtual Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposium
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION-Disability Issues Category
  • Honorable Mention
  • WINNER-Best Feature Film on Disability Issue
  • WINNER-Best Documentary Feature Film
  • Madras International Film Festival
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore Cert 1
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore Cert 2
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News & Reviews
  • Amy’s Victory Dance is much like its subject, smart, funny, determined, enthralled by the arts and most of all inspirational.

    Pop Entertainment

  • Thomas’ film embodies the physical, emotional and spiritual journey of a woman who doesn’t allow circumstances to dictate her life.

    Dance Enthusiast

  • ReelAbilities Film Fest Premieres Choreographer Amy Jordan Documentary

    BroadwayWorld.com

  • Amy Jordan Announces The Debut of Her Documentary Amy's Victory Dance (Motivating and Inspiring others to Transform Trauma into Triumph)

    24-7 Press Release