Lil' Buck: Real Swan

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

France, USA | 82 MINUTES | English |


On the streets, parking lots, and slippery floors of the Crystal Palace Roller Rink in Memphis, Tennessee, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley learned the smooth art of Memphis jookin, igniting a lifelong passion for dance. From the time he was 12 years old, Lil Buck worked to perfect the intricate footwork of jookin, a fluid street dance style that evolved from the Gangsta Walk, as well as the eye-popping isolated jolts of bucking. Quickly, he became one of the most admired street dancers of his generation. Lil Buck won a scholarship to study ballet and took his dancing to a whole new level, merging street-style jookin with classical technique. After a breathtaking video taken of him dancing to Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” accompanied by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral, Lil Buck’s career exploded.

In this exuberant documentary, director Louis Wallecan takes an in-depth look at this extraordinary artist whose passion, drive, discipline, and talent have blazed a unique new path in the world of dance that has included performing all over the world, touring with Madonna, mentoring young dance students, and becoming a passionate advocate for arts education.

—Andrea Passafiume


Directed by Louis Wallecan

After studying philosophy and musicology, Louis Wallecan worked as the assistant of producer François Duplat. He directed documentaries about classical music and cultural migrations for television before directing Little Opera, about the New York Opera, and Dancing Is Living: Benjamin Millepied.
Louis Wallecan
Victor Lech, Craten Jai Armmer , Lil' Buck, Nadim Cheikhouha, Machine Molle
Louis Wallecan
Mathieu de Montgrand
Arthur Bartlett Gillette
Basile Belkhiri


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