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Kenny Ortega has directed and choreographed iconic movies and concerts for the past 4.5 decades. From Ferris Bueller to Dirty Dancing to Hocus Pocus to High School Musical, Kenny has stayed at the forefront of musical storytelling on stage and screen. Host Zina Ellis and her guests soar/fly through Kenny's tropes, stage pictures, and unforgettable songs as they analyze how he has remained so relevant over his years of work. Maybe this is an incredibly long gambit by Zina to get more people to watch High School Musical 3 (the best one), but maybe this could be the start of something... great. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/breakingfreepod/support

Breaking Free: Flying Through the Films of Kenny Ortega Zina Ellis

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Kenny Ortega has directed and choreographed iconic movies and concerts for the past 4.5 decades. From Ferris Bueller to Dirty Dancing to Hocus Pocus to High School Musical, Kenny has stayed at the forefront of musical storytelling on stage and screen. Host Zina Ellis and her guests soar/fly through Kenny's tropes, stage pictures, and unforgettable songs as they analyze how he has remained so relevant over his years of work. Maybe this is an incredibly long gambit by Zina to get more people to watch High School Musical 3 (the best one), but maybe this could be the start of something... great. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/breakingfreepod/support

    9. Love Yourself

    9. Love Yourself

    This episode, I watched a foolish movie called "The Great Outdoors". I did not like it but it made $20 million so I don't feel bad about hating it. I'm sad to have such a blah episode before I go on hiatus, but c'est la vie. We'll be back next year to talk about Newsies, which is sure to be orders of magnitude more delightful than this movie. So stay tuned! But don't watch this movie.

    Please subscribe and follow the pod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for even more content and updates, and feel free to send me an email or voice message at breakingfreepod@gmail.com or my Anchor page! I welcome comments on the movies we'll be talking about, as well as on the show itself! And if you feel like supporting me with a $ or two, you can do so through Anchor or Buy Me A Coffee. Thank you so much for your time! I'm serious, don't watch this movie.

    Music: Soar by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au


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    • 6 min
    8. Honestly Just Watch Dirty Dancing Again

    8. Honestly Just Watch Dirty Dancing Again

    Hiiiii thanks for your patience! This episode is the shortest yet because it turned out that Shag (the film discussed this episode) was just not that inspiring to me! Oh, well! Like Dirty Dancing, Shag is a movie about sneaking around to dance with boys on vacation in the summer of 1963 and variously slimy Yale Men (tm), but Dirty Dancing is a much more delightful version of that. But we are completionists here at Breaking Free, so you'd better believe we're talking about it! If you like this movie, please let me know and we can have a Discourse. Anyway! Happy Tuesday to all!

    Please subscribe and follow the pod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for even more content and updates, and feel free to send me an email or voice message at breakingfreepod@gmail.com or my Anchor page! I welcome comments on the movies we'll be talking about, as well as on the show itself! And if you feel like supporting me with a $ or two, you can do so through Anchor or Buy Me A Coffee. Thank you so much for your time! You, dear listeners, are the grooviest.

    Music: Soar by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au


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    • 37 min
    7. Salsa and the Art of Motorcycle Safety

    7. Salsa and the Art of Motorcycle Safety

    This episode, I watched 1988's Salsa, an extremely silly movie with very few likable characters but very many excellent mullets and dances. I'm thrilled to be back on schedule with a normal/short episode! See if you can spot the part of the episode where I disappear for 6 minutes to research the history of motorcycle helmet laws. A truly chaotic film, but it does have a super-rare on-screen Kenny performance! Exciting times in Salsa-land. Check it out!

    Please subscribe and follow the pod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for even more content and updates, and feel free to send me an email or voice message at breakingfreepod@gmail.com or my Anchor page! I welcome comments on the movies we'll be talking about, as well as on the show itself! And if you feel like supporting me with a $ or two, you can do so through Anchor or Buy Me A Coffee. Thank you so much for your time! You, dear listeners, are my Puerto Rico.

    Music: Soar by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au


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    • 50 min
    6. Cynthia Rhodes for President

    6. Cynthia Rhodes for President

    Breaking Free says vote in the New York primary if you can! Baby would want you to. This is the Dirty Dancing episode and the most political BFP ep yet, which may come as no surprise if you're really familiar with the movie. My subject matter expert this week is Sophie Nir, who knows this movie backwards and forward. It's always a delight to chat with people who can really get into the nitty-gritty of these films and expose their dark underbellies. We talk about everything from sexual politics to sexy dancing to the unsung icons of the movie (Cynthia Rhodes should be a household name!!). Next week, we dive back into some more obscure films, so consider the length of this episode as a fond farewell to this period of Kenny's work and not a sign of my inability to briefly recap anything :)

    Please subscribe and follow the pod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for even more content and updates, and feel free to send me an email or voice message at breakingfreepod@gmail.com or my Anchor page! I welcome comments on the movies we'll be talking about, as well as on the show itself! And if you feel like supporting me with a $ or two, you can do so through Anchor or Buy Me A Coffee. Thank you so much for your time! I owe it all to you 3

    Music: Soar by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au


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    • 1 hr 44 min
    5.5. The Fight Club Theory (And More Ferris Bueller Bonus Chatter)

    5.5. The Fight Club Theory (And More Ferris Bueller Bonus Chatter)

    The Ferris Bueller Bonus Ep has arrived! I hope you enjoy this extended chitchat/outtake content! Stay tuned for Dirty Dancing in the next week or so!


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    • 19 min
    5. Ferris Bueller, Chaos Demon

    5. Ferris Bueller, Chaos Demon

    I'm so excited to (finally) bring you the Ferris Bueller's Day Off episode! Fittingly, I have two of my high school (and middle and elementary school) classmates as my guests! Resident Ferris Bueller Expert Carissa brings the facts, while the elusive and social media-less Maria comes through with an extremely Useful Critical Lens. And they both come through with the print sources. Honestly I'm just along for the ride. Another extra-long ep, but I feel like that's allowed when there are 3 people and when the movie is as iconic as Ferris Bueller. I suggest listening at 1.5x speed if you really want life to come at you fast.

    Please subscribe and follow the pod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for even more content and updates, and feel free to send me an email or voice message at breakingfreepod@gmail.com or my Anchor page! I welcome comments on the movies we'll be talking about, as well as on the show itself! And if you feel like supporting me with a $ or two, you can do so through Anchor or Buy Me A Coffee. Thank you so much for your time! (Listener name), you're my hero :)

    Music: Soar by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au


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    • 1 hr 38 min

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