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Award-winning ‘WHEN I’M HER’ short documentary on ballet prodigy-turned-instructor ‘Madame Olga’


Award-Winning Short Subject Documentary When I’m Her


 To Have Streaming Release this Monday, June 21 on the PBS Voices Youtube Channel – the new documentary-focused YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios

Playing at Leading U.S. Film Festivals in June/July

WINNER – Best LGBTQ+ Film at Cleveland Intl Film Festival

WINNER – Best Short Documentary at Utah Dance Film Festival

Official Selection (Upcoming) – Brooklyn Film Festival, SF DOCFEST, and Nantucket Film Festival

Official Selection (Recent) – DOCLANDS (SF Bay Area), Mountainfilm (Telluride), American Documentary and Animation Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, and Out Shine

“Deeply moving and a tonic for the soul.”
– Cait Kennedy, But Why Tho?

“The healing power of self-expression.”
When I’m Her highlights the freedom and wholeness we can find through becoming someone else.”

– Melissa Strong, MovieJawn

Michael was a ballet prodigy with a stellar career ahead of him. He transformed into a Russian ballet instructor named Madame Olga as a way to both embrace himself as an artist and reconcile with the trauma from his past.

Directed and Produced by Emily Schuman

When Michael’s ballet career did not turn out as planned, he finds refuge and liberation by assuming an alter ego: a sparkly turban-wearing, Russian ballet instructor named Madame Olga. By slipping into this mysterious character, Michael discovers a way to both embrace himself as an artist and reconcile with the pain from his past. Olga challenges authority and breaks the stereotype of a strict ballet teacher, taking on a life of her own, and generating a following for her unconventional ballet classes. Through Olga, Michael is able to give aspiring dancers a place to flourish and can be the kind of mentor he never had for himself. When I’m Her follows the life of Michael as he inhabits Madame Olga who serves as a portal to help her students. But in the process, she discovers the person she needs to help the most. 

PBS Voices Youtube Channel
Starting On: June 21, 2021


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