A feature Documentary Film

 

 

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“Dancing Flea-the Ukulele Craze” will explore the current resurgence of the ukulele in the music world, concentrating especially on the interest shown by today’s youth. Kids from England to Hawaii are creating unique and entertaining covers of their favorite songs using the ukulele as their primary instrument. Focusing on several accomplished, young players, this film will provide some historical significance for the ukulele and discover what is at the heart of this diminutive instrument’s universal appeal.  

“Dancing Flea-the Ukulele Craze” will be an exploratory documentary. We will follow along as our host travels across two continents to interview the young ukulele players inspiring this project. We will interview Pocketfox and Orla Gartland, two staples of the YouTube ukulele scene and we will also follow Honoka and Azita, two girls performing at the Ukulele Festival Hawaii  which has been held in Hawaii for the past forty-five years.  We will look for the motivating factors behind these young musicians love of the ukulele and the different means which they use to express this to the world.

A contest will be held in Greenville, South Carolina to seek accomplished players in this Bible Belt city. High school students (and maybe others), will be encouraged to bring any type or genre of music to demonstrate their talents. We are also hoping to find a connection between the excellence of these performances and the impact school music programs have on these performances.

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation about the visual arts argues that the intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual's life -- according to the report, they "can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing," creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion. And strong arts programming in schools helps close a gap that has left many a child behind:'' says Eric Cooper, president and founder of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education.

 

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Meet our team.

Top industry filmmakers have teamed up to bring this story to life.


Eric Baltazar

Producer-
Eric Baltazar began his career in the industry with a humble idea for a television show. The purchase of basic equipment, and connections in New York City led to the beginnings of what would become Baltazar Productions. Most of his projects are based upon a cast of strong characters and a high level of interest in the subject matter being captured.

 " I like to develop characters and concepts in a free flowing environment. I’ve found if you let the cameras roll, relax and make sure your cast is relaxed, you will capture the best footage"

Eric Baltazar has worked with and pitched concepts to a variety of companies including MTV, TLC, DiGa Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and most recently with AnE with the airing of Cement Heads a reality concept created and developed by Baltazar Productions. EMAIL ME:  eric@dancingflea.com

Kris Harrison

Director-Cinematographer- Thousands of successful projects since 1986.  Specializing in Film and TV production.

With over 25 years of production experience Kris is well versed in all aspects of production. From high end animation to feature film.

"I have operated dozens of cameras and the best is the Red. Why not have the 35 mm film quality at your fingertips. It's a breakthrough and 4k is amazing". There is anticipation and excitement with each and every project. Since 1980 Kris has been directly involved in the Audio/Video production Industry. Starting at a mere 8 years old putting on plays in a “kid” band and selling tickets to the shows and at age 16 operating his first business Working with artists in LA gained Kris much experience. In 1985 together with his new Wife Katherine, had founded a new business and designed a complete audio/video production studio. This facility grew into 8 full time employees and in a few years 21 and a 5,000 s.f. studio. Today the Harrisons are Nationally known for excellence in all phases of audio, Film and TV and multimedia production. Their current capabilities are state of the art and offer world class quality. Thousands of projects have been written Directed, filmed and produced. Kris Harrison - 864-981-2979 EMAIL ME:  kris@dancingflea.com

Brian Hetzman

Brian’s expertise in marketing, video and the Internet has been forged over years, beginning with his work in broadcast television when I served as electronics art director at WPBF-TV, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida. He created the station's on-air look and produced graphics and animation design, including the station's virtual news sets. Brian’s efforts led to ADDY and national TELLY awards for commercial production at the station.

Exciting new opportunities in the world of multi-media followed.

Brian founded a development company that teamed with Motorola to create full-motion touchscreen video kiosks at Motorola's "Innoventions" exhibit at Disney's EPCOT Center. The company's major corporate accounts included Blockbuster Video, American Media, the parent company of the National Enquirer and other publications, Kiplinger Personal Finance, the National Medical Association, and Siemens. EMAIL ME:  brian@dancingflea.com

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