CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Steven Caras: See Them Dance," the latest documentary by the award-winning husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Deborah Novak and John Witek, makes its statewide broadcast premiere Tuesday at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
The hour-long film follows the life and work of Caras, who became a leading dance photographer after his meteoric career with the New York City Ballet ended abruptly.
Featuring interviews with a number of dancers and choreographers, the film was directed by Novak, herself a dancer. She learned ballet at the Dickinson School in Huntington and continued studies at the American Ballet Theater while studying film and theater at New York University. She dances now with Kim Pauley and the Charleston Ballet.
"The response to the film has been amazing," Novak said in a news release. "Dancers love it but, often, people who have no relationship to ballet are emotionally moved by the content."
Novak and Witek are probably best known for their 2000 film "Ashes to Glory," on the Marshall plane crash, but have also produced documentaries on Cam Henderson and Blenko Glass. They are based in Huntington.The Caras film first aired in Phoenix and on Huntington public access TV on March 8, 2011, and has also been shown in big cities such as Los Angeles and Philadelphia, but has not aired previously on WVPBS. The network is showing it as part of its fall fundraising campaign; Novak and Caras will make pre-recorded appearances during the show.