Threshold (2022)

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

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