The Beautiful City Project presents the feature film INTERSECT

The Beautiful City Project, led by Founder and Artistic Director David Fiorello, in collaboration with Mercury Theater Chicago Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter, presents the feature film Intersect, which marvelously blends dance, storytelling and music. The company’s most ambitious project to date, Intersect is presented in honor of the late Silent Threat Dance Team founder, Verndell Smith, and all proceeds will directly benefit the team.

Intersect has four stories, told through dance, set to ’90s music. Co-creators David Fiorello and Christopher Chase Carter serve as the film‘s director and chief choreographer, respectively. Carter choreographs one of 4 scripts, with the other 3 going to Chicago’s top choreographers Isaiah Silvia-Chandley (Paramount’s Kinky Boots), Shanna VanDerwerker (Mercury’s Spamalot), and Ariel Etana Triunfo (Music Theater Works’ Ragtime). The Intersect stories are brought to life by eight stellar dancers, dancing to arrangements of Fiorello from the 90s catalog, sung by some of Chicago’s favorite musical theater artists.

The film is available to stream online through the end of December 2021 with a $20 donation to Silent Threat Dance Team. For an additional $10 donation, customers receive a digital download of the film’s soundtrack. Intersect is available at

Silent Threat Dance Team is a dynamic Chicago dance company that takes kids out of the path of violence and into the dance studio. The film is presented in honor and in memory of Verndell Smith, its founder, who was senselessly and tragically murdered on his way to the studio in broad daylight earlier this year.

The Beautiful City Project is committed to using musical theater as a tool to give back to the Chicago community, with the goal of building a bright future for a beautiful city. Cabaret shows spotlight a different organization each month, while the main lineup of live musicals tackles a community issue head-on, raising awareness and funds to be donated directly to an organization in need, having an immediate impact. A city-wide beautification and positivity campaign will be the hallmark of a project to take real action in our beautiful city.

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