A dance film in which a man discovers a portal to another place.
I shot Threshold in August of 2022 in collaboration with choreographer Bo Belza, along with an amazing cast of dancers who brought my vision to life. Our goal was to create a combination between a narrative short and a dance concept video. The end result was a unique blended narrative-music video that I'm very proud of.
Threshold was made possible by a generous grant from the William F. DiPietra Foundation through Fordham University. I am extremely grateful to Helen and her family for the support that allowed me to pursue this project! I couldn't have had a better cast and crew to create with.
Director and DP: Steven Ruggiero
Choreographer: Bo Belza
Asst. Choreographer: Alice Wu
Starring: Edson Maldonado
Dancers: Maya Llanos, Youran Lee, Edson Maldonado, Haying Roh, and Alice Wu
Voiceover Artists: Jillian Roberts, Noah Willsey
Editor: Steven Ruggiero
Production Assistants: Ally Klapak, Joanne Ruggiero
Original Music Written and Performed by: Randy Dumalig
Props Provided by: Spencer Lau
Additional Music: "Clint Eastwood" by Gorillaz and "Cranes in the Sky" by Solange Knowles
Special Thanks: Helen DiPietra, Ally Klapak, Bill & Joanne Ruggiero, Evan Ruggiero