Johnnie Hobbs, III Productions is pleased to announce the upcoming release of their debut film,“Nostalgia.” Starring Dulé Hill, the Emmy-nominated star of “The West Wing” and “Psych,” the short film is the directorial debut of Philadelphia native Johnnie Hobbs, III. Scheduled for a release later this year,“Nostalgia” was filmed in New York and Philadelphia, and will premiere at different film festivals, including those focused on showcasing short films and dance features, this summer around the country, with a special screening for students at acclaimed Philadelphia dance college, The University of the Arts.
Written and directed by Hobbs and Jason Messina, the film tells the story of a living legend as he struggles to hold onto his music and his muse, despite the fervent opposition of his loving son (Hill). Punctuated by vivid musical memories, the aging tap dancer recalls the glorious and regretful life he lived both onstage and off, with a message not about dreams deferred, but dreams derailed. Starring Philadelphia stage legend Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. (“Rocky Balboa,” “Up Close & Personal,” “Twelve Monkeys”), the cast includes an array of dance-world upstarts. Chloe Arnold, who has worked alongside Debbie Allen, Savion Glover, and as Beyonce’s music video body double, recently appeared on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine and is featured in the hit documentary “Tap Dreams.” Emmy-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, a recipient of the Gregory Hines Humanitariun Award, has appeared in lead roles in “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk” and in solo spots on recent seasons of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars.” In addition, Smith created the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival in 2003 and is the creator and designer of his own successful, self-titled professional tap shoe sold exclusively by BLOCH. Rounding out the cast is well-known tap industry insider Sarah Reich, named one of the “20 Hot Tappers Under 20” by Dance Spirit Magazine. The producing team of Hobbs and Hill are joined by Dustin Felder, a go-to Hollywood acting coach for the likes of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Common
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