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Boston, March 12: Movie Premiere

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The Boston Premiere of "Do You Wanna Dance"

The movie that has captivated the Greek American community nationwide!

The Host Committee:

Dr. Andrea Papadopoulos
John Pyrovolakis
Tina Papadopoulos
Stamatis Astras
Chuck Samiotes
Bill Galatis
Alex Geourntas
Eleni Vidalis
Georgia Liapis
Barbara Lazares
Susan Julian Gates

Sunday, March 12, 2000

Maliotis Cultural Center
Brookline, MA

2:30pm & 7:30pm

Following both screenings, lead actor and producer Bob Krantz (Haralambos Karountzos) will speak about his experiences making the movie and answer any questions the audience may have.

Also... a reception with appetizers and wine will follow both screenings, during which Bob Krantz will sign autographs and take photos

Tickets (screening and reception) - $25.00
Children 16 and under - $10.00

TO ORDER TICKETS CALL 781-229-1941 or email

"Do You Wanna Dance?" is a movie that combines wonderful, heartfelt storytelling with dazzling dance sequences and stirring original music (including a love ballad from Academy Award nominees Jud Friedman and Allan Rich).

If you're like a lot of movie-goers today and have grown tired of going to movies that have endless explosions, constant violence, gratuitous sex, non-stop profanity, and no story line, then "Do You Wanna Dance?" is a movie you?re going to love. It's a movie you can watch with children, and grandparents and all will be entertained.

The movie which is based on the real life friendship between Robert Krantz and Father Chris Kerhulas, the pastor of St. Basil Greek Orthodox church in Chicago is about BILLY DUNCAN, a dance instructor who has fallen on hard times; first he loses his wildly popular dance studio, then he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. He's given an ultimatum by the Judge; go to jail or serve 500 hours of community service in Chicago's Greektown.

BILLY arrives in Greektown, and soon discovers he has to complete his community service under the supervision of FATHER CHRIS, a Greek Orthodox priest. BILLY is to teach dance to FATHER CHRIS's elderly parishioners who are in need of a little exercise... not exactly what Billy had in mind. BILLY balks at first, but is won over by FATHER CHRIS, who turns out to be surprisingly unconventional, a diehard hockey fan as likely to practice slap shots on the front porch as he is to wear cologne to impress the nurses on his regular hospital visits.

As BILLY faces the challenge of teaching dance to a community uncomfortable with outsiders, especially ones who can't pronounce 'gyro' correctly, FATHER CHRIS begins to inspire him to rebuild his confidence as a dancer and to take a chance on love with ALEXIA, the daughter of a wealthy parishioner.

BILLY finds his strength in dancing again, but only after learning the dances of his elderly students' generation and culture. When the president of the church board labels BILLY a troublemaker, FATHER CHRIS is himself stirred to perform an act of genuine integrity on BILLY's behalf. Through the remarkable friendship of this offbeat priest, BILLY finally regains his faith in life, his personal dream, and once again taking a chance on love.

Media Reviews and Comments

"A Movie that captures the Greek American experience at its best... I had chills running up and down my spine from start to finish." -Greek America Magazine

"Answer "yes" to this uncanny, charming Greek American film that tells of love, honesty, genuine friendship and the "mystical experience" surrounding the Greek Orthodox faith." -The Orthodox Observer

"*** A Delightful little sleeper" -Chicago Sun Times

"... a tribute to the dancing spirit in every Greek's soul. It is a sweet and joyous celebration of life." -The National Herald

"...a film that will bring pleasure to all those who have romance in their hearts and rhythm in their feet." -Southern California Notebook


"Mike Nickles finds inspiration in Krantz's terrific dancing skills, in a series of high energy numbers that lift the movie way above the ordinary? -L.A. Weekly

"In the tradition of dance classics like 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Fame', 'Do You Wanna Dance?' is a heartwarming tale about faith, following your dreams, and community. It is a warm, spirited film that showcases the healing power of dance and the tangled beauty of communities. Do You Wanna Dance? The answer is a resounding 'yes!'" -The Hellenic Chronicle

"No film or television show has ever come as close to capturing the complicated dynamics of the Greek American experience. 'Do You Wanna Dance?' portrays the pride, dedication, ambition, humor, and lust for life that characterize the Greek American community." -Metropolis Magazine

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