Interview: Dir. Duane Adler on the making of HEARTBEATS

29 Jun, 2017

HEARTBEATS (2017), an exciting Bollywood-hip hop dance and music-filled coming of age love story from legendary STEP UP (2006-2010) series and SAVE THE LAST DANCE (2001) creator Duane Adler was filmed entirely in India. Each scene will get your adrenaline pumping and inspire you to either get up and dance or fly to India for a wild adventure. Like Adler’s past films, we have stellar acting, music and choreography. The bumpin’ soundtrack was produced by Roc Nation’s Trakmatik and its lead actress, Krystal Ellsworth [LA LA LAND (2016) and IRON MAN 2 (2010)], HEARTBEATS’ ‘Kelli’, previously toured as a dancer with singer Nick Jonas.

HEARTBEATS DGA Screening | Rocnation's Trakmatik and singer/actress Dia Frampton | Photo by Cindy Maram

HEARTBEATS Directors Guild of America Screening
Rocnation’s Trakmatik and singer/actress Dia Frampton
Photo by Cindy Maram

Following the HEARTBEATS private movie screening at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood, California, we caught up with the very talented director/writer Duane Adler. Watch our exclusive interview with the HEARTBEATS director to see what he had to say about the making of the film, Bollywood movies and why he loves incorporating dance and music in his films.

The movie also stars TWILIGHT SERIES (2008-2010) actor Justin Chon [GOOK (2017), SEOUL SEARCHING (2015)], Daphne Zuniga [MELROSE PLACE (1992-1996), THE FLY II (1989)], Paul McGillion [STARGATE: ATLANTIS (2004-2009), STAR TREK (2009)], Amitash Pradhan [Bruce Lee-The Fighter (2015), Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014)], Vidya Malvade [Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (2013), Chak de! India (2007)] and is produced by Andrea Chung [SEOUL SEARCHING (2015), THE DAMNED (2013), PASSION PLAY (2010)]. HEARTBEATS opens in South African theaters on June 30th.

HEARTBEATS DGA Screening |Producer Andrea Chung and Actor Justin Chon | Photo by Cindy Maram

HEARTBEATS Directors Guild of America Screening | Producer Andrea Chung and Actor Justin Chon
Photo by Cindy Maram

HEARTBEATS Movie Screening and Q&A at Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, California

HEARTBEATS Movie Screening and Q&A at Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, California
Photo by Cindy Maram

Interview and video feature produced by Cindy Maram
Featured Images/Photo Credit: Cindy Maram/Dig In Magazine

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Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style photographer/blogger for London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger & social media community manager possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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