How did this all get started?

In 2013, Zev Vel and Meredith Basler teamed up to bring a single story to life. Bringing a visual aspect to a narrative experience. We realized that the strongest way to find an idea would be to look to the community where stories are made every day. A "community" does not imply a small sub-set, so we set out asking and accepting script submissions. We received over 100 scripts from at least 7 different countries from individuals of all ages. 

However as time went along, Meredith was no longer able to dedicate as much time as she wished to the project and resigned with her best wishes to the project moving forward. Today, Zev continues working hard to make this film a reality with the help of a fantastic crew to support him. 

After reviewing every script and anonymously scoring them on a number of criteria, we chose our first script: THE DANCE written by Emilio Iasiello. His script was so powerful and compelling that we knew it would make a fantastic film and he has continued to support the project since day one.

The Script

The characters were based on real people that I know, who were in a make or break point of their three year relationship. The old man was based on my next door neighbor growing up - he was a widower and I always felt this profound sadness about him. I wanted to capture these people in a snapshot moment.
— Emilio Iasiello

THE DANCE, is a compelling story about a young couple experiencing a rough patch in their relationship, who stumble upon a yard sale where Hank, an elderly man, brings light to the danger of letting life tumble through one's hands. The couple must learn about commitment and forgiveness in order to move forward.

CREW AND CAST


Screenwriter: Emilio Iasiello

Emilio Iasiello authored the book Chasing the Green, which was published by FEP International in 2008.  His short stories and poems have appeared in many publications including Buffalo Spree Magazine, Oasis, The New York Review, and The Washington Review. An avid screenwriter, he has optioned several screenplays three of which have been produced into films, many of which have won awards in film festivals in the United States and Canada. Chasing the Green won the Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 Canada International Film Festival and the Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film Award at the 2009 Los Angeles Action on Film International Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: ZEV VEL

Based in New York City, Zev has been working on set with the camera and electrical departments since the age of 14.Zev's passion for cinematography has driven him to focus on the camera department where he works as a director of photography, assistant cameraman, and digital imaging technician. Zev works both on set in crewed positions as well as on a freelance basis.

In 2012, Zev directed The Symbol of Peace, a short documentary that was part of the official selection of numerous film festivals including the Austin Film Festival. After his success in Austin where the screenings were sold out, he quickly moved to create The Visual Narrative Project. 


Actor: Michael Power
Role of Hank

Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters as well as their two cats Malcolm and Lucy. Michael attended State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Southern California for a career in Graphic Design. He currently attends HB Studios in Manhattan. Michael has been in appeared in over 30 films, commercials and music videos. In 2012 he was cast in the lead role for the short film Sinterklass. Michael was the Executive Producer of the short film Glory Days which screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Denver Starz Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival.

Actor: Trev Stevens
Role of Mike

Trev was born in Livingston, NJ. He has one younger sister Tatum Summer. While attending Livingston high school he participated on the baseball and football teams. After high school Trev moved to California but soon realized he wanted to concentrate solely on acting. He moved back to the east coast and enrolled in the prestigious Stella Adler School in NYC. Trev was recently the lead in an independent feature film shot in Brooklyn, NY called, Accidents directed by Zachary Raines. He also wrote and starred in a a SAG short independent film called, Beyond Here Lies Nothing. Trev has performed in films, commercials, television and Off Broadway. Trev is looking forward to working with The Visual Narrative Project playing the role of Mike.

Actor: January Janvier
Role of Stacy

"Stacy", January Janvier

"Stacy", January Janvier

January is an up and coming young actress from Upstate NY. An eclectic talent, she has performed in a myriad of theatrical, film, television, music video and internet productions. These include the roles of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello; Celia in Shakespeare's As You Like It; the leading role of Harriet in the film The Veil; an extra in Ang Lee's film Taking Woodstock, among many others. January is also an experienced singer and musician.

Emilio Iasiello, Screenwriter

Emilio Iasiello, Screenwriter

Director, Zev Vel

Director, Zev Vel

"Hank", Michael Power

"Hank", Michael Power

"Mike", Trev Stevens

"Mike", Trev Stevens