Jul 28 2011

Melanie LaPatin is a Fantastic Leading Lady in the film LEADING LADIES!

Did you know that Melanie LaPatin has a starring role in the new feature film called LEADING LADIES?!

Melanie plays Sheri (pronounced “Cheri,” as in the French pronunciation) Campari, the overbearing backstage mother of two daughters, one whom she lives through vicariously on the ballroom dance floor, and the other who is relegated to the role of “practice partner.”  See what happens to each as they redefine their roles in life and on the dance floor and learn to “Let Love Lead.™”

So You Think You Can Dance fans will see some more familiar faces in the film, as season two winner, Benji Schwimmer, joins Melanie on screen as her daughters’ best friend and competition dance partner (wait till you see Benji perform an amazing West Coast Swing duet with long time friend and West Coast Swing World Champion Jordan Frisbee!).

There is also a fantastic “Grocery Store Musical” number choreographed by Melanie and starring past SYTYCD finalists Courtney Galiano, Kherington Payne, Katee Shean, and Sara VonGillern!

The film has been doing extremely well on the festival circuit, screening at more than 50 festivals around the world so far and still going strong.  Past highlights include a Gala Presentation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, winner of the Showcase Award at the film’s premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival, selling out an opening weekend screening in the Directors’ Guild of America Theater on Sunset Boulevard at Outfest in LA, winning Best Picture at the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival, screening at the Marché du Film at the Cannes International Film Festival, and most recently winning the Audience Choice award for Best Narrative Feature at the San Francisco United Film Festival right after screening to nearly 900 people in the historic Castro Theater at Frameline International Film Festival.

The film has been picked up for North American distribution by Wolfe, and will be released on DVD and VOD in the U.S. on Sept. 13, 2011.  Click the image of the DVD to pre-order your copy from the Wolfe website!

You can also visit the Leading Ladies website to find out where film is playing next, so you can see it on the big screen in a theater near you!  The website also has many video clips and photos from the film, links to merchandise, information about the film’s soundtrack, and all kinds of other fun information from and about the movie!

Finally, don’t forget to add the film to your Netflix Queue by visiting this link and adding Leading Ladies to your queue!

Jul 21 2011

Leading Ladies on WetPaint.com

See SYTYCD Alumni in the New Movie, Leading Ladies!

by Stephanie Wolf

Get your fill of So You Think You Can Dance stars in the new ballroom-inspired movie Leading Ladies, set to release on DVD September 13 from Wolfe Video. The movie follows the Camparinis, a ballroom dancing family whose lives get turned upside down when one sister gets pregnant, another comes out of the closet, and a zany, over-the-top stage mom starts to lose it in her pursuit for the family to take the titles at the Midwest Benjiwin-1301692357Regional Ballroom Competition.

Leading Ladies features many recognizable names, a flashback of sorts into SYTYCD history. Ballroom diva and SYTYCD choreographer Melanie LaPatin, as well as Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer, snagged leading roles in the film. Making cameo appearances are Katee Shean, Kherington Payne, Courtney Galiano, and Sara Von Gillern.

The feature toured 45 different film festivals and won numerous awards — the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 San Francisco United Film Festival, the "Showcase Award" from the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival, "Best Feature" at the 2010 Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival and "Best of the Fest" at the 2010 Newfest.

We can’t wait to check it out on DVD in September! Look for it on Amazon.

Yes, you will be able to purchase the DVD at Amazon, but please buy using this link (a much bigger percentage of the sale goes to the cast and crew!).  You can also purchase from the official Leading Ladies website.

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Jul 19 2011

Leading Ladies on TalkMoviesworld.com



Jul 13 2011

Laurel and Nicole Frameline Interview Featured on SheWire.com


Jul 7 2011

Wolfe Interviews Daniel and Erika at Frameline (as seen on After Ellen)

Here is a video interview Wolfe did with Erika and Daneil at Frameline that appears on AfterEllen.com (it’s toward the bottom of the post) and Logo TV.

Jun 25 2011

Frameline Blog Entries from University of Wisconsin Students

This year at Frameline, the festival had student guest bloggers from the University of Wisconsin contribute to the Frameline Blog.  Here are a few of the posts regarding Leading Ladies.

I find it difficult, yet extremely easy to describe the film Leading Ladies because the experience of the film was overwhelming. To be honest, I went into this film not knowing what it was about and I even forgot the title, but the impact that this film left on me was huge. A film about two lesbian dance partners? To me, this was unorthodox and I thought that it was going to completely lose my attention about halfway through, yet it gave happiness throughout.

Besides just watching the film, the director and two of the main actors talked about the film in a sense I had yet to see at the Frameline Festival. Those involved in the film were excited, funny, and were willing to talk to me after the show for a few short minutes. I could not think of a better film, or director to bring back to the Eau Queer film festival, especially because of the mutual understanding of the Midwest attitudes toward queer people. Plus, I may also be slightly biased because of my love for dancing. —Bryton Fredrick


I fell in love with the film Leading Ladies almost instantly. With its carefree spirit and mindless antics what wasn’t there to love about it? I had more likes about not only the story itself but also how the film was produced and put together than I had dislikes. For starters, I loved that the characters were not hypersexual. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched any gay themed film and the main characters or important characters were portrayed as extremely sexual beings. I also loved that the actors, director, and producer all had this amazing chemistry on screen as well as when they came on stage afterwards. The story itself was amazing. It was well written, funny, light hearted, and very fun. After seeing this film I will never look at a grocery aisle the same way again.

Unfortunately, like with all films, there were negative aspects to it as well. Besides a couple personal issues I had with character flaws (ahem, the mother driving me absolutely bananas and the friend/dance partner being a “stereotypical” gay man) there wasn’t too much more to complain about. While the film wasn’t slow paced by any means it did take a bit too long to get to the gay component of it.

Overall, I found this film very easy to fall in love with. It was simple and light hearted without too much “in your face” drama like some of the films that I have seen. And for all those reasons I feel it would be a great film to bring back to Eau Claire. The queer aspect of the film slyly makes it way present and you don’t really see it as “just” a queer film. –Tatjana Trommershauser


When contemplating which films to bring back to Eau Queer Film Festival, Leading Ladies always comes to mind, it would also be a great idea to invite the actors and/or directors to come as well. The film did a great job of presenting the message of LGBT issues in a non-threatening environment. Even though there were sad moments, I would consider the film to be, overall, light hearted.

After hearing from my classmates that the students pursuing a dance minor were not encouraged to create a same sex performance for the use of their capstone, I was saddened and appalled. The films use of same sex dance partners would help to broaden the minds of the Eau Claire community. The dancing within this film is impeccable. I have seen same sex dance partners perform prior to this film, but I had never seen it in such a beautiful, inspiring way. Their movement was so fluid, and clean; every time dancing would begin it literally took my breath away.  —Lindsay Miklya

Original Content: http://blog.frameline.org/2011/06/leading-ladies/

Jun 22 2011

Pre-order for Leading Ladies DVD Goes Live!

Today the pre-order for the Leading Ladies DVD goes live on Wolfe’s website.  The street date for the DVD is Sept. 13, 2011, but you can go ahead and order now to be one of the first to receive the DVD!

Wolfe DVD Cover

Click the DVD cover above and you will be taken to the Wolfe website to complete your purchase.  By using the affiliate link from this page or purchasing via the Leading Ladies website merchandise page, the cast and crew will receive a greater percentage of your purchase price.

Jun 22 2011

Put Leading Ladies in Your Netflix Queue!

Netflix DVD CoverClick here to add Leading Ladies to your Netflix queue.  Please also leave a five-star rating and maybe write a little review!

If you have a “streaming only” account, you probably won’t be able to add the title at the moment, as it will be released only on DVD for the first little while (but you can still add a five star rating and review!).

The number of people who have Leading Ladies in their queue will greatly affect the number of DVD’s Netflix orders for their initial purchase, so even if you’ve already seen the film or ordered your own copy on DVD, please place Leading Ladies in your queue!

We’ve also got a handy little widget (check it out in action to the right).  The code for you to cut and paste to add the widget to your own blog or web page is here:

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If you want to let your Facebook friends know, that would be fantastic!  Here’s the event to which you can invite your Facebook friends to let them know all about how to add Leading Ladies to their queue.

Jun 16 2011

The Leading Ladies Official Motion Picture Soundtrack

It’s finally here!

Thanks so much for your patience.  The final Leading Ladies soundtrack has 18 tracks of musical goodness from musicians all over the planet!  Thanks also to our friends and artists who lent their music to this work.  Please support them by visiting their websites and purchasing more music!

Soundtracks are available at Leading Ladies festival screenings and also via the Leading Ladies website merchandise page.




Complete Track Listing:

  1. “Go On With the Show (Sister, Sister)” by Havilah Rand
  2. “Pasos” by Malena Muyala
  3. “Japanese Girlfriend” by Earwig
  4. “Wallflower Girl” by Havilah Rand
  5. “California (Bella Luna)” by The Randys
  6. “Everybody Loves to Be Loved” by Burgee
  7. “Me, Me, Me, Cha-Cha-Cha” The Danny Leisure Orchestra
  8. “Miss Thing” by David Berger and The Sultans of Swing
  9. “By the Bye” by Danny Leisure and The Suites
  10. “Chasin’ the Blues” by Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band
  11. “Kitty Kat” by The Randys featuring Dandy Jim Beam
  12. “All Night” by Havilah Rand
  13. “God Said I Could Have You” by The Old Ceremony
  14. “Don’t Parade Your Scars” by The Old Ceremony
  15. “Mercy” by Marie-Juliette Bird
  16. “You Want a Piece of Me” by John Painter featuring Shannon Lea Smith
  17. “Skyline” by Alva Leigh
  18. “How it Begins (5-6-7-8)” by DB3

Jun 15 2011

Leading Ladies in SF Weekly

We are the feature photo for Frameline in the San Francisco Weekly today.



It’s Here, It’s Queer, It’s Really Big

The buzz on the international festival circuit for the past several months presages a strong year for gay and lesbian cinema. That means a likely banner edition of Frameline35: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, which includes more than 200 films from 30 countries. Pick a day, pick a program, and the odds are unusually excellent that you’ll find films to move you in multiple ways.  [. . .] Leading Ladies (9:15 p.m. at the Castro) promises more drama with a kick — along with the occasional well-executed dip and twirl — with its tale of rambunctious, rival ballroom-dancing sisters. Benji Schwimmer, the breakout star of So You Think You Can Dance, lights up the big screen in a crucial supporting role.

Nice press!