Rehearsing a Dream


Release Date: August 25, 2006

Status: Released

Running time: 40m

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Support for the arts in America may be dwindling, but talent in our high schools isn't. Every year a group of the country's most gifted 17-year-old performing and visual artists - singled out among thousands of their peers - share a week of dreams as they learn from mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vanessa Williams, Jacques d'Amboise, Michael Tilson Thomas... and from each other. For seven transformative days, the passionate young artists revel in the support, encouragement and attention they have earned.

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Rehearsing a Dream is a short documentary directed and produced by four time Oscar nominees Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. Cinematography by Buddy Squires and Steve McCarthy, edited by Nancy Baker and a Production of Simon & Goodman Picture Company. The film premiered on HBO in August 2007 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.The film follows a group of gifted 17-year-old performing and visual artists at the YoungArts program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in Miami. The young artists as spend a week learning from mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vanessa L. Williams, Jacques d'Amboise and Michael Tilson Thomas. The NFAA has for the past 27 years been helping the country's best high-school senior art students with their annual YoungArts Week in Miami and by scholarships. Over 7500 students apply for about 150 spots in all arts disciplines.

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