Lift by David Petersen official trailer and release date

Paramount Movies shared the official trailer for Lift, an inspiring documentary following children impacted by homelessness as they discover the magic of self-expression through dance.

Featured are in the film are Steven Melendez, Diana Byer, Victor Abreu, Yolannsie Cardona, Sharia Blockwood, and more.

Release Date

Directed by David Petersen, Lift world premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and opens in theaters on September 15, followed by on demand and DVD on September 22.


Filmed over ten years, Lift shines a spotlight on the invisible story of homelessness in America through the eyes of a group of young homeless and home-insecure ballet dancers in New York City. After performing all over the world, ballet dancer Steven Melendez returns to the Bronx shelter where he grew up to give back to his community, offering a New York Theatre Ballet workshop to children. His traumatic reaction to the shelter from his childhood sends him on an unexpected journey with three kids to reckon with a past he had escaped from through ballet. As young dance students, Victor, Yolanssie and Sharia face the same chasm of home insecurity that long separated Steven from his audience and makes the arts inaccessible to so many kids who share his background. The children he mentors offer him insight into turning a hidden trauma into dance, and together they make an aristocratic art form into an expression all their own.

Official Trailer

Watch the official trailer for Lift.

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