Creative Producer / Project Head / Behind the Scenes Editor
The Co-Laboratory is an annual film project produced by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. It is a unique collaboration between two teams of choreographers and filmmakers who are given the opportunity to create two short dance films in a week, shortly before the annual fall festival. The intention is not to create the perfect film, but to bring professional artists into the atmosphere of a laboratory, one that challenges them to think collaboratively and explore possibilities for expression outside their fields, hopefully inspiring future creative relationships among local artists.
As the creative producer, I am in charge of making the project happen in all of it's facets. I work with an advisory panel to select and pair the artists, guide the creative collaborations along once the artists are selected, and oversee the artists, staff, and crews.
These are a number of the films that have been created over the last four years.
Director / Producer / Editor
Dance Film / Dance Film Commercial
An intricate duet bathed in light, OPEN the dance film was created from material shot for a Peerless Lighting commercial. Choreographed by San Francisco Ballet's Dana Genshaft, performed by Alonzo King Ballet's Michael Montgomery and Laura O'Malley, cinematography by Ben Estabrook, set photography by Aleksey Bochkovsky, production management and storyboard by Lauren Bedal.
The Open dance film commercial was lit purely by the Open Luminaire. It exposed the beautifully soft quality of the commercial lighting fixture which won Most Innovative Product of the Year from the LFI Innovation Awards.
This engaging one-hour film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration with the original cast of RAkU. It brings together a confluence of eastern and western cultures in music and dance. The contributions of Butoh, martial arts, chanting Zen monks, the rigors of rehearsal with Yuri Possokhov and the enduring friendships of the artists are all featured in the documentary preceding the stunning performance which was recorded in a film studio.
The performance is shot cinematically in the style of a dramatic film, providing an intimate relationship with the dancers. From the film’s opening narrative scenes, it establishes an intimate style and carries through the ballet performance. This gives viewers an immediate and powerful sense of being close to the dancers, rarely shared in dance films.
Director / Editor
“Wildfires through the Heartwood” commemorates the impact of the 2017 fires on Root 101, Sculpture Garden by Bruce Johnson, which was located at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. I created this with SoCo Dance Theater. SoCo along with guest artists performed in the sculpture garden live in the spring of 2017. We filmed footage of the performance before the fires, then after, with fire damaged sculptures and empty garden, and wove them together into a new film "Wildfires through the Heartwood.
Co-Director / Editor / Post-Production
Part dance film and part music video, “since you went” follows the story of a couple where the passing of time and the history of a relationship is measured in cups of coffee. Developed at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the film uses the lush, open landscape near Woodside, CA as the backdrop for a series of glimpses into nostalgia, love, loss, and a mountain of coffee cups.
Created by RAWdance and Rapt Productions
Co-Directed by Ryan T. Smith, Wendy Rein, and Lindsay Gauthier
Cinematography by Ben Estabrook, Music by Let’s Whisper
Director / Camera / Editor
This was my second dance film and remains one of my favorites despite it's low-tech quality. A collaboration with Cielo Vertical Arts, this film has been shown at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, the Cross Pollination Festival, and Breaking Ground Film Festival.
In 2017 Imagery presents Wandering in the seventh annual SKETCH series. Inspired by Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, SKETCH 7 |Wandering offers Amy Seiwert her biggest challenge yet as she creates her first full-length evening of contemporary ballet.
I have been making the trailers for the annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival for four years. It is one of my favorite things to edit. There is so much visually stunning imagery to pull from.
Music is Moving is a dance film I edited for Fountain 3 Films. I worked together with Kate Duhamel to execute her vision.
Director / Editor
For from the Poetry House and Into the Heartwood, I directed and edited dance film content for an adapted live dance performance in a theater setting. The live performance was created first on the beautiful Bruce Johnson Root 101 Sculptures outside of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. We filmed the ten different solos, duets, and trios over the course of a day and a half, then I edited the pieces together to be projected during the live adapted performance. This is the promotional video I created out of the material.
Performed by SoCo Dance Theater
Led by Nancy Lyons: Nicole Basque, Kristen Daley, Virginia Matthews, Gloria E. Rubio-Verduzco; with guests Chelley BonDurant, Ali Dotti, Nancy Lilly, Aimée Otterson, and Jared Wiltse
Camera Operator: Dylan Love
First Assistant Camera: Johnathan McDermott
Production Assistant: Kellye McKee
Sculptures: Bruce Johnson, Root 101
Music by Jesse Olsen Bay
Thanks to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Sculpture Garden, Root 101
Dance Performance Documentation
I have been filming many professional dance companies over the past 10 years, and I have had the special privilege of working with Alonzo King LINES Ballet for over 5 seasons. Documenting dance is a tricky endeavor as it is easy for the feeling of live performance to get lost on video. Video can never fully capture the live experience. However, my work over the last decade has strived to do exactly that. I am always trying to perfect the art of making the camera disappear so that the essence of the performance can be experienced on film.
This clip is a performance excerpt from "The Propelled Heart" featuring vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer. Choreography by Alonzo King.
Videographer / Editor
Five of the world’s leading ballet companies streamed 23 hours of live, behind-the-scenes footage on YouTube.
Videographer / Editor
I have been working as an archivist of the Bay Area Dance Scene independently and with Rapt Productions for over 8 years. This trailer for the 2012 Dance/USA Conference in San Francisco highlights the wide and diverse range of dance companies located within this vibrant community. All of the footage comes from Rapt Productions archive of documented work.
Companies include: Darth Maul, Black Choreographers Festival, Guru Retik Mohapa, RAW dance, Smuin Ballet, Zuhkov Dance Theater, Scott Wells and Dancers, Project Bandaloop, Axis Dance Company, Joe Goode Performance Group, Alonzo King's LINES, Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin, Hope Mohr, Copius Dance Theater, Jason Samuels Smith, San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, Dr. Zakarya Diouf, Erika Chong Schuch Performance Project, Sarah Shelton-Mann, San Francisco Ballet, Loose Change, Epiphany Productions, Liss Fain Dance, Kunst-Stoff, Project Thrust, ODC Dance, Dance Brigade, Savage Jazz, im'ij-re, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Axis Dance / Inkboat, Somei Yoshino Taike Ensemble, Alayna Stroud, Fly Away Productions, Lizz Roman and Dancers, Pandit Chitresh Das, and Chitresh Das Dance Company.
Camera Operator / Editor