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Circus Dreams

Circus Dreams is a heartwarming feature documentary directed by Signe Taylor. It opens with a group of sweet, funny and extremely bendy 12 to 18-year-olds auditioning for Circus Smirkus, the only traveling youth circus in the United States. The film captures the lucky chosen ones moving onto a 3-week rehearsal period in Vermont, where they are coached by performers from Ringling, Big Apple and Cirque Du Soleil. It then follows them all the way through their exhilarating and exhausting 70-performance tour through 14 towns in five states. Circus Dreams immerses viewers into the lives of these talented kids, capturing their intense work ethic, passion for performance, deep friendships and budding loves.

Circus Dreams also offers audiences a wonderful circus story. The film captures how the art form inspires kids to push themselves to their personal limits so they can achieve both their individual dreams and communal artistic success. In addition, it shows how many of these performers, who have trouble socially in more traditional high school environments, find community through circus arts.

Circus Dreams premiered at SPROCKETS Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth in April 2011 as the Festival’s closing night film, where it was honored with a Youth Jury Honorable Mention. Circus Dreams also received the Best Films4Families Feature at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Choice at Woods Hole Film Festival, Indie Spec Special Recognition Award at the Boston International Film Festival and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, among other honors. With its inspiring story and wonderful youth role models, Circus Dreams offers great family entertainment.

We welcome your contribution to help Circus Dreams reach new audiences and encourage more people — young and old — to reach for their dreams.

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We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture