When a trip to a Lindy Hop summer dance camp leads to summer love… 

JITTERBUG is a feature-length film now in development that celebrates Lindy Hop and Hip Hop dancing.  

The coming-of-age honesty and heart of CODA meet the exuberant dance energy of SWING KIDS in a fresh new modern-day story. 

Featuring captivating, energetic dance scenes,

a fun juxtaposition of Hip Hop and big-band swing music,

and the heart-opening possibilities of new friendship and new love,

JITTERBUG will be a favorite for teens and families.

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JITTERBUG was written and is being produced by Phil Berry, an actor, screenwriter, producer, and Lindy Hop swing dancer. Phil is based in New York.


Shayla Racquel, Director of a 2021 John Singleton EmbRACE Initiative winning project, has signed on to direct JITTERBUG. Shayla was a 2023 finalist for Shonda Rhimes’s Shondaland / Seriesfest Women’s Directing Mentorship. Her award-winning film, The Lifted, was acquired by AMC ALLBLK. Her film Riverment was acquired by Comcast Xfinity after winning a Student Emmy from the Capital Emmy chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Shayla was the lead director of two premiere shows for Keke Palmer’s KeyTV Network. She’s been featured by the Washington Post & VIBE Magazine and was named one of OkayPlayer’s Up-And-Coming Directors That Should Be On Your Radar in 2021. She was a finalist for the National Black Arts Foundation’s Horizon Grant for Emerging Black Artists in 2023. Originally hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Shayla now makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida A&M in Tallahassee and an MFA in film from American University in Washington DC.


Phil’s first addition to the JITTERBUG film was Chester Whitmore. In addition to his background as an actor and choreographer to the stars, Chester is a living swing dance legend and a regular fixture and faculty member at Lindy Hop events worldwide. Chester is based in Los Angeles.


We are excited to be working with casting directors Donald Paul Pemrick, C.S.A. and Dean Fronk, C.S.A of Pemrick Fronk Casting! With over 50 years of casting experience across the industry, they have cast over 400 movies including ANNIE and THE JUNGLE BOOK and worked with actors from Scarlet Johanssen to Chris Pine. Check out their previous work on their website.


Julie Berry joins Jitterbug as an executive producer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the 2020 NCTE Walden Award and SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Lovely War, the 2017 Printz Honor and LA Times Book Prize-shortlisted The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar-shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me, the Odyssey Honor The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, and many other books for teens, tweens, and children. Julie holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She owns Author’s Note, an independent bookstore in Medina, New York.

Stay tuned for more team updates soon.


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Seeing Lindy Hop and Hip Hop background dancers for filming in both Western NY and Sweden. See our Background Casting page for more information.

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