It was an exciting evening for Ballet lovers on Thursday, as Tribeca Festival hosted the world premiere of “Flower,” a captivating short film produced by renowned ballerina Misty Copeland’s production company, Life In Motion Productions.
“Flower” marks Copeland’s first on-screen performance in three years, and the inaugural independent production from Life In Motion Productions. The red carpet was attended by Misty Copeland herself, who not only produced the film but also took on the starring role. Joining her were notable figures such as Aurora James, the founder of Brother Vellies and an influential activist and author, as well as the acclaimed choreographers Rich + Tone Talauega. The cast and crew also included Nelson George, an executive producer for “Flower” and the creator of FX/Hulu’s hit show “Dear Mama,” Leyla Fayyaz, co-founder of Life In Motion Productions and executive producer, Lauren Finerman, the film’s director, and actor Babatunji Johnson.
“Flower” is an art activism short film that aims to inspire and provoke thought through its unique storytelling. Copeland’s performance, combined with the visionary direction of Lauren Finerman, creates a visually stunning and emotionally evocative experience for the audience. Adding another layer of brilliance to the film is the original musical score, composed by the acclaimed artist Raphael Saadiq, known for his versatile talents as a recording artist, writer, and producer.
The screening was followed by a special live performance featuring Babatunji Johnson and local NYC dancers, who brought the film’s powerful choreography to life on stage. The captivating performance left the attendees in awe of the talent and dedication that went into creating the film. Following the performance, a lively Q&A session was conducted with Copeland, director Lauren Finerman, executive producer Nelson George, and Life In Motion Productions co-founder and executive producer Leyla Fayyaz. The discussion delved into the film’s inspiration, the challenges faced during its production, and the significance of art as a form of activism.
“Flower” not only captivated the audience at the Tribeca Festival, but also served as a testament to Copeland’s multifaceted talent and her dedication to pushing boundaries in the arts. Hear more about it here!