Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021



Year: 2000
Country: USA
Run Time: 106 minutes


Direct from the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Prize, and en route to the Cannes Film Festival where it will compete in May, comes THE WATERDANCE, a triumphant new film about the power of the human spirit. Writer/co-director Neal Jiminez offers a quasi-autobiographical portrait of what happens when your world is totally transformed in a single instant. One moment, you?re a successful writer, in love, with your whole future in front of you. The next you're in a wheelchair with your neck broken, an inhabitant of a physical rehab center. The shock of paralysis is what young novelist Joel Garcia must contend with when he awakens to find he has become permanently disabled in an accident. Garcia is thrust into a ward with a group of men of vastly different backgrounds and outlooks. Bloss, a racist biker engaged in a lawsuit against those he considers responsible for his accident, and Raymond, a hard-living, jive-ass, black man with a troubled marriage, are the most vocal and combative fellow patients. The adjustments which each must make after an abrupt displacement from everyday life make for a dramatic and moving tale of courage and bonding. Eric Stoltz, William Forsythe and Wesley Snipes star respectively as Garcia, Bloss and Raymond. Their relationships modulate over a course, which takes them through misadventure, misunderstanding, depression and debauchery, and ultimately to solidarity. One Showing Only!

Neil Jiminez

Gale Anne Hurd

Mark Plummer

Jeff Freeman

Principal Cast
Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsyth

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