#B3ShortCuts presents: A Ballerina's Tale + Q&A with Director Nelson George


Sat, November 11, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT



Ritzy Cinema

Coldharbour Lane 




A Ballerina’s Tale is an intimate look at ground-breaking artist Misty Copeland as she shatters barriers and transcends her art.

In the elite world of professional ballet dancing, very few black women make it into the world’s most prestigious companies. Misty Copeland broke barriers in 2015 as the first African American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Nelson George’s documentary tells the behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland’s journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.

(Running time: 125 mins)

Followed by Q&A with Director Nelson George.

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie Life Support, the critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, The James Brown Reader (Plume), a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late ‘50s. Plume published the book in May ‘08. Nelson has been on a roll since 2013 with completed documentary projects: VH1’s Rock Docs, Finding The Funk, Showtime’s Brooklyn Boheme (which was supported by Kickstarter), ESPN’s The Announcement, the short All Hail the Beat, for the Focus Forward campaign. He hopes to continue that success with A BALLERINA’S TALE. 

Nelson, recently wrote and directed ‘A Ballerina’s Tale,’ the much-anticipated, behind-the-curtain documentary about the daily routine of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre in two decades. He is also Executive Producer and co-writer on the highly successful Netflix series ‘The Get Down’, created by director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby) and Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis.