Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be 'somebody' but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in school and get an education, so she attends junior college while working at a grocery store. Carmen's professor catches her performing one day in the neighborhood and challenges her to audition to a formal dance school in California. She gets into a fight with her chaotic family and runs away to her best friend Gina's place only to find out Gina's been getting beat up by her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Carmen's boyfriend, Jared wants her to commit and move in with him. Pulled apart in every direction, her dream of dancing fades. Can Carmen overcome her fears and take the biggest chance of her life, or will she succumb to her self-doubt? Written by
Los Angeles Latino Film Festival
This movie took me by surprise. I'm not a music/dance film fan, but found myself drawn in by the story and characters. All I really knew from the trailer was that the film had great music and an interesting look. I was not really aware of the culture of dance teams/crews and found myself drawn in by the fascinating storyline of the characters inhabiting this world. The location shooting and visual style of the film becomes almost another character. That GO FOR IT was a first effort by writer/director Carmen Marron is even more impressive. Ms Marron is an inspiration for all of us and her film underscores the importance of having a dream and "going for it!"
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