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He who dances with wood is a short film directed by Jessica Beshir about a man who discovered a passion for tap dancing late in life, and now experiences constant rhythm in the world around him. A one man’s search for joy has culminated in a constant experience of rhythm in the world around him. Fred Nelson is an elderly man who found his true love late in life, bringing a much needed sliver of joy and happiness into the world using his feet, shoes, and an old piece of wood.

Tap Dancer: Fred Nelson
Director & Producer: Jessica Beshir
Cinematographers: Chris Raddatz, Jessica Beshir
Steadicam: Chris Raddatz
Editor: Charlie Hoxie


Special thanks to Maya Beshir Renard and Jennifer.
DemelloInternational Premiere at Hot Docs | Canadian International Film Festival 2017
New York Premiere at BAM New Voices in Black Cinema 2017