Jun 2 2011

DVD Release Report for “Leading Ladies”

Wolfe Video has captured the domestic distribution rights to filmmakers Daniel Beahm and Erika Randall Beahm’s high-energy romantic musical comedy, Leading Ladies.

If this independently produced film was instead a studio-driven production, it would have had a major theatrical roll-out.  Instead, the filmmakers took the festival circuit approach beginning in April of last year –at small venues such as the Sonoma International Film Festival (where it captured the Showcase Award in its debut outing) and the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

More festivals followed.  More awards.  Then a move to the international circuit, where Leading Ladies was also well-received.  Word spread.  Toes were tapping.  Audiences and critics were singing its praises and now Wolfe Video has a genuine early fall sleeper on its hands.

This early announcement for DVD, coupled with additional film festival exposure (the closing night film at this year’s San Francisco United Film Festival on June 27), gives Wolfe plenty of time to work the streets and build awareness.

In the competitive world of ballroom dancing –think: combat staging grounds for Dancing with the Stars, etc. –there is Sheri Campari (Melanie LaPatin –an actual dancer who handled the choreography and was featured as a dancer in such films as Dance With Me and The Thomas Crown Affair), a stage mom on a mission.  She is a force of nature.

She has two daughters in their early 20’s.  One is Anastasia (Shannon Lea Smith) –known to all as just “Tai –and the other is Antoinette (Laurel Vail –The Echo Game), the “ugly duckling” of the family who answer to Toni.  You can see early on where mom has her priorities, Tasi will be the star and Toni will be her support, even to the point of dressing the role as her partner in the seemingly endless practice sessions (the stand-in lead).

End of story, right?  If you believe that, then you’ve never seen a really good MGM musical from the golden days of such fare.  There will be twists and turns, elaborate dance numbers, wonderful (and original) music, love interests and a certain “leading lady” will shine.  This is a keeper.

Leading Ladies-DVD Release Report-June 3Funny that there was no mention of Benji Schwimmer (season two winner of So You Think You Can Dance) or the fact that Melanie LaPatin is a regular choreographer on the show.  I guess that means the film can stand on it’s own merit!

May 1 2011


Less than two years after starting pre-production on Leading Ladies, we are very happy to announce that the film will receive distribution in North America via Wolfe Video.

The film is slated for release via the typical outlets (Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Blockbuster, Xfinity VOD, Time-Warner VOD, Official Website DVD, distributor direct DVD, etc.) in early September 2011!

Now begins the work on cover art, DVD extras, trailers, advertising, promotion, etc.

It never seems to end! [smile]

Apr 2 2011

Leading Ladies Teams with Blairwood Entertainment for Foreign Sales Territories

James_Side1Blairwood Entertainment will be handling distribution sales for Leading Ladies in all territories outside of English speaking N. America.

The relationship was struck after Leading Ladies screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Blairwood will be presenting Leading Ladies at the Marche du Film at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as the American Film Market (November 2-9, 2011) and European Film Market in Berlin (February 9-17, 2012).

Dec 20 2010

Leading Ladies Podcast Interview with Nickel City Collective

Here’s a little interview Erika and Daniel did during the Starz Denver Film Festival with a local media group called Nickel City Collective.



Nov 9 2010

THIRD “Leading Ladies” Screening Added to Starz Denver Film Festival

If you hadn’t yet heard, BOTH of our weekend screenings at the 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival sold beyond capacity.  There was not a single empty seat in the house at either show!  Because so many people were turned away, and because there is such a great buzz about the film and so many more people wanting to see it, the festival has added a THIRD screening to the festival on Sunday, November 14, at 7:30pm at the new Denver Film Center on Colfax.

Buy your tickets now, as they are sure to go quickly.  Don’t miss your last chance to see Leading Ladies at the Starz Denver Film Festival! (click the photo below to buy tickets)

Nov 5 2010

Leading Ladies on PBS

From the Denver PBS program In Focus with Eden Lane.  The first part of the interview is with Starz Denver Film Festival Director Britta Erickson.  The interview with Daniel and Erika starts around 10:32.  Our scope/2:35 footage from the film looks a bit odd as it’s been “squeezed” to conform to the 16:9 aspect ratio, but the interview is fun and we love Eden!

Nov 4 2010

Leading Ladies on Denver PBS Affiliate KBDI

In Focus with Eden Lane
“33rd Starz Denver Film Festival”

  • Friday, November 5 at 9:30 pm on Channel 12.1
  • Sunday, November 7, 11:00pm on Channel 12.1
  • Wednesday, November 10 at 1:00 am on Channel  12.2

This week, host Eden Lane takes a look at 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival. Eden meets with festival director Britta Erickson to learn about how the festival is created, and what to look forward to.  Eden also introduces a local filmmaking couple as they prepare for the debut of their dance film, LEADING LADIES, which has set out to “kick-ball-change the world, one step at a time.”