Penticton actress hoping movie will dance to Cannes Film Festival

Destinee Klyne (above left) and Scarlett Bruns (above right) in a scene from the film Heart of Dance. The movie is in a feature film pitch contest. - Submitted Photo
Destinee Klyne (above left) and Scarlett Bruns (above right) in a scene from the film Heart of Dance. The movie is in a feature film pitch contest.
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If all the parts align, a Penticton actress will have two of the films she worked in touring the festival circuit, including the prestigious Cannes.

Having recently wrapped playing a character on the feature film 13 Steps starring Jackie Cruz (from the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black), Destinee Klyne is hoping another project will become one step closer to making the festival circuit by winning the Let’s Make A Movie contest.

Media Factory Inc, based in Vancouver, is offering to promote and encourage creatives and filmmakers by introducing a feature film pitch contest. The winner will be completely financed by the company to create the film and the opportunity to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Klyne has already been cast as the lead character’s best friend in Heart of Dance, for which a 60-second video pitch has been submitted to Let’s Make A Movie.

“There is already talk that 13 Steps will be really big on the film festival circuit. It would be huge to have that film and then Heart of Dance at Cannes. It would be a really big step for me in terms of exposure,” said Klyne.

Heart of Dance is about a teen, Kealy Charmichael (Scarlett Bruns), who has always danced in the shadow of her younger sister. When her sister is killed in an accident, Kealy tries to fulfill her sibling’s dream of being a professional dancer. The story also revolves around Kealy’s struggles with self-body image.

“I think this film has a great message and an important message to shed light on. We are all flawed and as a society it is important to know you are who you are and that is beautiful,” said Klyne. “I have known people with eating disorders and this is an opportunity to give back to help others because we want part of the proceeds to go to the B.C.-based support group Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders. I think this movie deserves to be made, we just need the support to back it.”

Right now Heart of Dance is among the top films in the running of Let’s Make A Movie during the public voting process. Klyne said online voting runs until July 23 and they need all the support they can get.

After the public voting process closes, the top five films will be reviewed by a panel of industry judges for another round of voting before the winner is decided. Those interested in learning more about Heart of Dance can visit www.heartofdancemovie.com. To vote for the film in the contest visit www.letsmakeamovie.ca/watch.

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