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Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake ("Ballando su un Lago Asciutto")



United States, 2009, DVCPro HD - Color - 124 minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Dominique De Fazio

CAST:
Dominique De Fazio, Annelie Harrysson, Nicolas Coster, Barry Livingston, David Leisure,Sabrina Serri, Gabriele Vitali, Vittoria Scarnati, Anouschka Sarafsade, Petra Lamy, Linda Chang Gregory Schoon, Rose Schmidt, Danny Pardo, Aldred W, Montoya

SCREENPLAY:
Dominique De Fazio

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Bruce Alan Greene

EDITING:
Dominique De Fazio & Ben Callahan

SET DESIGN:
Samo Tusak

COSTUME DESIGN:
Erica Howard

MUSIC:
R. Carlos Nakai

SOUND:
Emile Razpopov

PRODUCER:
Dominique De Fazio

PRODUCTION:
Hidden Moon Production in assoc. with Dancing Coyote

WORLD SALES:
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STORY DESCRIPTION:

WARNER DE SANTIS, an Italian cosmologist obsessed with hearing God back in time at the Origin of the Universe, gets himself fired from NASA. The same day his wife leaves him with the final words, “You’ve never listened to anyone but yourself for years.” He drives east from Los Angeles, toward the desert, in search of a clear night sky.On the edge of Searles Dry Lake, he tries to drive his car to the moon. He does get airborne for about three seconds; then he drops into the dry lakebed, about two metres below.Warner awakens with minor injuries in a mining town named after a mineral, TRONA. While waiting for his car to be fixed, he encounters RICHARD, a Native American, who tells that his own people, the Kawaiisu, consider the edge of the dry lake to be a kind of spiritual highway along which “Spirit Messengers” pass looking for one to ask to do a special act. “Old talk says”, Richard adds, “that the Origin of the Universe lies somewhere around the dry lake.Warner encounters a series of individuals that he believes might be “Messengers.” He takes what they say as instructions, and heads out into the desert “on assignment.”There, one very starry, Warner finds the place of Origin, slides into the “Present,” and begins to hear in all the ordinary things around him, close at hand, the presence of the divine that had eluded him in the distance of space and time.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

DOMINIQUE DE FAZIOCitizenship: Bicultural and bilingual, Dominique De Fazio is a citizen of both Italy and the United States.Film Awards/Nominations: Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes for his short film, "Un Arrivo" (A Gaumont Production) as Writer/Director. (Academy Award winner Giuseppe Rotunno was the Director of Photography.) John Muir Gold Award 2009 (Yosemite Film Festival) for "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake"; The Indie Distribution Fest Award of Excellence 2009 for "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake."Most recent work in film: Wrote and directed "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake" (a Hidden Moon Production in association with Dancing Coyote,2009).Work in Allied Fields:Mr. De Fazio’s most notable directorial works in theatre include:In New York: The Equity revivals of two plays by Clifford Odets, Till the Day I Die and Waiting for Lefty.In Italy: The theatrical production of "Agnes of God" (Rome) and "Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute" (Rome).In Germany: The world premiere of From Me to You (written and directed by De Fazio) at the Munich Theatre Festival in Munich, Germany. Also, the world premiere of Singing Wood (written and directed by De Fazio) in Darmstadt, Germany.In Los Angeles: At the invitation of the Japanese-American Theatre in Los Angeles, California, Dominique De Fazio brought his Ma-katachi Theatre Company from Europe to the United States to perform the Equity production of Singing Wood.Mr. De Fazio is a world-renown teacher who has taught acting in Europe, South America, and North America.Other Information: Mr. De Fazio is the Founder of the not-for-profit cultural association STUDIO DE FAZIO in Rome,Italy, Artistic Director of the MA-KATACHI THEATRE COMPANY, and President of the film production company, HIDDEN MOON PRODUCTIONS, LTD.Dominique De Fazio is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio of New York.Union Memberships: In the United States, Mr. De Fazio is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Actors Equity Association. ____________________________________________________e-mail addresses: dominique@hiddenmoonfilms.com, creastudio@earthlink.net telephones: In Italy: (+39) 320-3326168. In the USA: (+1) 213-4474604

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