TDMP, full name; The Dance movie Project, is a first of its kind film that focuses on the afrobeat dance culture that pervades the African continent.
The Dance Movie Project was produced by Lexxistalking Entertainment, a NYC based film production powerhouse with satellite locations in Nigeria, West Africa. The films Executive Producer, Alexander “Lexx” Ore had this to say about it;
“TDMP is amplifying the dialogue about the creative gap in dance, and specifically Afrobeat dance, by producing a motion picture which highlights the way Afrobeats can inspire us to create opportunities and effect change.
With TDMP as Africa’s first Afrobeat dance movie, dialogue can quickly ensue on a much larger scale around the (market) opportunity for an industry geared towards dance. Our collective job is to create every possibility to cultivate, nurture and support a robust pipeline of dance talent to meet the need, and films like ours, are a step in the right direction.”
It features an international cast of actors, including the best and brightest media personalities and renowned dancers in Africa and the UK.
Artists such as Nigerian R&B Star Banky W, Nigerian TV Personality Denrele Edun, Nigerian Radio Personality Tolu Oniru (known popularly as Toolz), Former Britain’s Got Talent stars Ezinne Asinugo and Soliat of CEO dancers, Celebrity Actress Liz Anjorin, Celebrity Choreographer Donflexx and Afropop Star Joelschild, among others.
The story is an engaging one which as has been previously stated, attacks the afrobeat dance culture in Africa, as well as the prevalence of diabetes, a disease that affects more Africans than HIV/AIDS.
The film is a comedy-drama that follows two brothers who despite the disapproval of their single mother, continue to chase their passion for dance in Lagos, Nigeria.
The lives of the brothers take an unexpected turn for the worse when their ailing mother is diagnosed with diabetes. As the brothers scramble to find options to save her life, the largest national dance competition in Nigeria’s history is announced with a lucrative prize pool.
The brothers alongside their dance crew decide to embark on a journey to compete in the national dance championship. Will dancing offer a way out for the brothers to save the life of their mother or will it ultimately destroy their family?
TDMP will premiere on Saturday, July 23 at 5 p.m. EST at New York’s prestigious Helen Mills Theater, located at 137 West 27 Street, Chelsea.