REVERENCE, 19min., USA, Dance/Drama
Directed by Rachel Hemsley
"He danced for fame. She danced through pain. For old times' sake and to new beginnings...in a fleeting moment." - Set in the world of dance, RÉVÉRENCE is a story of relationships which resonates with audiences of all backgrounds, including the LGBTQ+ community. The story is told through the eyes of two dancers who began on the same path, yet went completely different directions in their careers and their destiny. Through the tragedy and the person who pulled them apart, a new tragic misfortune causes them to reunite, gifting them each a new clarity - even if it is just for one fleeting moment in a dance studio.
Drawn to the masterful script of RÉVÉRENCE, with its riveting story addressing relationships, Rachel was excited to dive into this project that is very different from those she has previously directed. The elements of dance and how it intertwines within the story in a truthful way, intrigued her, as well.
Get to know the star/producer Steven Byrket:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Kim and I wanted to do a project together that would include dance and tell a good story. She knew the writer and reached out to him, he said yes, we had one short zoom meeting and the script was born. A story that was relatable, has a true to life message, would motivate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life to keep pursuing their passions and dreams no matter what their situation is.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
Approximately 8 months
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
Forgiveness and Acceptance
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Schedules and Location
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I cried, tears of Joy, Validation
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
My whole life
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
This is a tough one. Probably a toss up between The Birdcage, Grease, The Sound of Music. I can truly rattle on with this question!
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I think you have it all covered, Just amazing!
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
10. What is your favorite meal?
Probably Wild Halibut with a Mango Papaya Salsa
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Another film, finding (producing) or writing good stories to tell and some live performing here and there. I love collaborating with other Artists.