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DANCE FILM PROJECT 2010Minnesota Dance Film Festival

About the Filmmakers

AGNUS KITTLER REID is a writer and filmmaker who has lived and worked in New England, Minnesota, California, Oregon, and Japan. He is currently producing a feature-length children's science-fiction/comedy/adventure movie called 'Skyboys' in western Massachusetts. Samples of his features and short films are on his website:

ANDRE DURAND is a freelance director/cinematographer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is a graduate of MCTC.

ANDREW WELKEN has shot film and video for twenty years. A Graduate of the University of Iowa, he moved to Minneapolis in 1996 to teach film courses and manage the equipment department at IFP Minnesota. He's worked on Industrials, Independent Features and Documentaries. His own movies have screened regionally (and

ANIKA EIDE is an artist in the Twin Cities. She is pursuing her MFA in Writing at Hamline University and has completed several works involving collaboration between art mediums--specifically exploring the opportunities between text, dance, film and photography.

BECKY HEIST is in her thirty-first year directing the Dance Program at Macalester College. She is an active performer, recently involved in Fringe Festivals with Sharon Varosh and Christopher Watson. Heist has collaborated with Twin Cities' composers, visual artists and fellow choreographers in creating over forty dances for stage and screen. Stemming from her ongoing interests in teaching choreography and modern dance technique, a curiosity for creating dance for the camera has emerged. Ellen Bromberg, a University of Utah professor, has been a significant guide for Heist in her journey into this fascinating burgeoning art form.

BEN MCGINLEY produces, shoots, and edits video components - and occasionally performs - for local theater and dance companies around the Twin Cities. He has worked with Steppingstone Theater, After Sunset Shadow Theater, the Soap Factory, Dances for Dull Moments, 9x22 Dance Lab, Torch Theater, Dominque Serrand and Steve Epp, Mixed Blood Theater, the Playwrights' Center, the Dance Film Project, Mischka Productions, Workhaus Collective, Blank Slate Theatre, the Red Eye Theater, he is currently a video production intern with METRO Magazine, he is also an occasional contributor to Minnesota's locally grown performing arts magazine

BLAKE NELLIS is a performance artist, improviser, educator, and musician. He is a Luther College graduate whom recently moved to Minneapolis from Belgium where he was a teacher in the Early Childhood Centre at the International School of Brussels. He has recently performed at Choreographer's Evening at the Ritz, 9x22 Dance Series, Red Eye Works In Progress, Bedlam Theatre, and has enjoyed collaborating with Taja Will & other Twin Cities artists.

BRANDON BOULAY, having developed a reputation for being a raw and unrefined storyteller, has created over 20 short films, music videos and numerous feature length documentaries including "The Factory." Boulay is a graduate of MCAD in photography and filmmaking.

BRYCE BEVERLIN II is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Minneapolis where he explores various forms of art, most notably free improvisational percussion music. He runs Insides Music record label and performs in various ensembles in the Twin Cities. His primary film project is Deathproj, 40 original short films woven together with Kurt Welshinger.

CAITLIN MARZ currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has presented work at the Aunts Roadshow, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference and assorted rooftops. Performance credits include Chamecki/Lerner, Jessica Ray, Jen Rosenblit, Enrico Wey and Kimberly Young.

CATHY WRIGHT AND MATT ZAWISLAK have been collaborating on film work since Wright's creation of Return for the 2007 Momentum Series at the Southern Theater. Other collaborative film credits include Admittance at the Ritz Theater (2008) and Breach at the 2009 Dance Film Festival at Intermedia Arts.

CHARLES CAMPBELL is co-founder and co-Artistic/Managing Director of Skewed Visions. He has created multiple interdisciplinary works since 1999 including Still Life: or when you're away the walls speak your name for Cubicle, Skewed Visions' series of podcasts, which he also produces. His 2009 movement-theater piece, 'He Woke Up In A Strange Place Called Home And Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead," was an examination of global violence and domestic acceptance that took audiences through houses and streets of a quiet middle-class neighborhood. This past June he performed in Megan Mayer's, "We Tried To Throw the Light," at the Southern.

DAWN STROM is a philosopher working with movement to explore the integration of mind, body, being and place. She calls her experiments "Iterations" which describes a process of mining habits of movement to uncover the ways in which we center, ritualize and place ourselves in the world through moving our body. Iterations Installations catch fragments of memory and patterns of embodiment through experiments with the movements of objects, bodies, and environments.

JAIME CARRERA is a self-taught, independent, multi-disciplinary artist from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
His exhibitions and performances have been presented in various spaces, including: Walker Art Center, Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Fox Tax Gallery, Bedlam Theatre, Patrick's Cabaret, The Soap Factory and Ritz Theater.

JENNA PACE is a director, editor, writer, actor, and dancer. She has been directing music videos as well as pieces for fashion and art in New York City. She was the Lead Entertainment Host and Director of Talent for 2.0 Television and produced 48 episodes focusing on independent music, cutting edge fashion and the underground culture of New York City. She co-wrote and starred in The Awesome 80's Prom, one of the longest running Off- Broadway shows, now in it's 6th hit year (Improvisational Theatre Award) and played Kimberly in the Broadway workshop of But I'm a Cheerleader (NYMF Audience Award). She has been featured on Life is Wild (CW) as well as Life on Mars (ABC).

JENNY PENNAZ is a teacher, dancer, choreographer, photographer and filmmaker. She teaches dance for 4th-8th graders at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School in Crystal, MN. She has presented choreography at several venues in Minnesota as well as the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia and the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. Her work combines her two artistic passions: media arts and dance.

JESSICA ASHLEY NELSON is a formally trained contemporary/jazz choreographer and dancer based out of Minneapolis, MN. Since the age of fourteen she has taught, worked, and created professionally in Minneapolis as well as Los Angeles, New York City, Windsor and Salt Lake City. She attained her BFA in Photography at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is also the founder and artistic director of SEEDS AND SKULLS, a performance company dedicated to all things round.

JOHN KOCH is a filmmaker and executive director of Cinema Revolution Society, a nonprofit organization that grew out of his Minneapolis-based independent DVD rental store, Cinema Revolution (2003-2009). As a filmmaker and video designer, he has made two feature films and ten short films, and has collaborated with dance and theater artists Live Action Set, Vanessa Voskuil and Sachiko Nishiuchi. Most recently, his 2009 feature film "The Seducer" was awarded "Best Feature" at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival and his video design for Vanessa Voskuil's "en masse" was awarded a 2009 Minnesota Dance SAGE Award for Outstanding Design. Koch holds a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

JORDAN KLITZKE received his BA in Biology Summa Cum Laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010. He has performed for Jeffrey Peterson and Rebecca Katz Harwood, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, PATRICK JEFFREY has recently co-choreographed and performed the duet Amalgamation with Nina Serratore at ACDF, Stevens Point and Anderson Theatre. As an actor he has worked most notably for Shakespeare and Company.

KATY BECKER is a danceartist who has shown her work in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York. She dances with the Gomez Dance Group and creates dance films.

KEITH LANGSDORF is a native Minnesota filmmaker with a BFA in Electronic Media & Film and nearly fifteen years of professional experience in the field. He has worked on several feature films including "Fargo," "Overnight Delivery," "A Simple Plan" and "Grumpier Old Men," As an independent filmmaker, he has made several award-winning short-films which have screened at the Maryland Film Festival, the Towson University Student Showcase and at the Baltimore Video Activist documentary series. He currently works for a Minneapolis production company and is attending classes part-time at MCTC.

KALEENA MILLER is a Minneapolis-based tap dancer, choreographer and teacher who is currently on tour with Rhythmic Circus Production's "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!". She has a BFA in Dance from the U of M- Twin Cities and received the Sage Award for People's Choice in 2007.

KEVIN OBSATZ is a filmmaker and video artist who has been collaborating with dancers and choreographers in the Twin Cities since 2007. His work has ranged in scope and scale from postage stamp sized web videos to a gallery installation at the Weisman Art Museum.

LAURA HOLWAY is a Twin Cities-based choreographer, director, and arts educator. She creates Dances for Dull Moments, character-driven vignettes that frequently combine objects, gesture, film, and original sound. Laura is interested in creating community with movement, and in collaboratively created work. Her work has been seen as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival and the 2009 Dance Film Project, and more recently at St. Olaf College, the Soap Factory, the Red Eye, and the Bryant Lake Bowl. She recently directed CSI: Ben McGinley at Intermedia Arts for the 2009 Fringe, and choreographed IRIS at the Red Eye.

MAD KING THOMAS (Tara King, Theresa Madaus and Monica Thomas).

MEGAN MAYER is a choreographer, performing artist and photographer based in Minneapolis, MN. A 2010 McKnight Fellow in Choreography as well as a 2010 Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant recipient, her dances resonate with audiences by fusing a strong musicality and comedic timing with nuanced imagery gleaned from vulnerable situations. By unearthing and luxuriating in anti-performance moments, these traditionally undisclosed aspects of performance in turn become the focus. Her work has been commissioned by The Southern Theater, the Minnesota History Center and co-commissioned by The Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater.

MIKE HALLENBECK is a composer and sound designer active in film, dance, theater, installation, and performance. Sound work for local dance has included projects with BodyCartography Project and Ballet of the Dolls. Several pieces by video installation artist Monika Bravo featuring Hallenbeck's soundscapes have been shown in New York City, Spain, Hong Kong, and Seoul. He's also recently scored educational videos for Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, as well as films of both the short and feature flavors.

RENATA SHEPPARD is a multi-media artist with an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From site specific to the stage, performance installation to dance for the screen---she is fascinated with the human form as living sculpture. Her choreography and research have been presented internationally in Canada and Germany and in the US at Berkeley Art Museum (CA), Summer Stages (MA), the Krannert Center, Links Hall, The Building Stage, Chicago Cultural Center (IL) and the Dumbo Dance Festival (NY). Renata works as a free-lance dancer, educator, and choreographer and has performed in the work of Sara Hook/David Parker, Chamecki/Lerner, and Steve Koester among others. She is currently on a Fulbright in Turin, Italy creating a new work at the Virtual Reality and Multi Media Park.

ROMINA TAKIMOTO is a dancer, video artist, and actress originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, transplanted to Minnesota in 2004. She has worked with Aniccha Arts, Ananya Dance Theatre, and the Body Cartography Project.

SALLY ROUSE is best known for her work as a dancer/choreographer with James Sewell Ballet, which she co-founded in New York City in 1990.

SHAWN MCCONNELOUG has been making art since 1990. As director of Orchestra*, a nationally recognized movement/theatre company, she has created and produced over thirteen original, multidisciplinary works presented throughout the United States, in Central America and Japan. Awards and fellowships include the National Endowment for the Arts, Bush and McKnight Fellowships, National Dance Project and a Sage Award for Outstanding Design. As a teaching artist, she has conducted residencies and workshops in movement/theatre practices and interdisciplinary collaboration locally, nationally and internationally since 1994. In addition to her live performance work, McConneloug has collaborated with filmmaker Greg Cummins creating short films that have been presented at over fifteen festivals across the US and Europe, including the Sundance Festival in Utah, Dance Screen in Vienna and La Nuit du Court Metrage Americain a Monaco Festival. McConneloug's current passion is exploring the relationship of performance and neuroscience. Her research is focused primarily on the brain's perception of space and time and in the area of mirror neurons and their connection to audience and empathy. *orchestra (or'kistre)(<L<Gk orchestra dancing space<orcheesthai to dance)

STEPHANIE NARLOCK is a Minnesota State University- Mankato Alumna holding a BS in Dance and currently residing in Minneapolis as co-artistic director of BS Productions. She has performed for Dancing People Company, Jeffrey Peterson, Christopher Williams, Dan Stark, Bryan Gerber, Noah Bremer, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and was most recently seen in The Woyzeck Project.

SUPERGROUP is a collaborative performance ensemble formed in 2008 by Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, Byrd Shuler, and Jeffrey Wells. Their work has been presented in Minneapolis, MN by The Bedlam Theatre, The Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, The Southern Theater, and in Brooklyn, NY by BAX. Their short film, "SuperGroup Builds A Shelf," was presented by Cinema Revolution Society and Intermedia Arts as a part of the Dance Film Project in 2009.

TAJA WILL Taja Will is a performer and choreographer. Her first dance film, "allycats," was created in collaboration with filmmaker Steve Hogan and presented by Cinema Revolution Society and Intermedia Arts in 2009. Her work has been presented by the Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Ritz Theater, Patrick's Cabaret, Intermedia Arts, Southern Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl, and self-produced at site-specific venues.

THE ORANGE MIGHTY TRIO - Hailed as "maverick chamber music" by the Minneapolis CityPages, The Orange Mighty Trio (OMT) is an instrumental ensemble featuring Zack Kline on violin, Nick Gaudette on bass, and Mike Vasich on piano. The trio plays a variety of mostly original music, varying from subdued and beautiful to intense and virtuosic. Their compositions rely heavily on improvisation, and are influenced by classical minimalism, American roots music, and jazz. OMT's musical versatility has found them collaborating with modern dance companies, playing live shows across the country, and writing music for film. Currently, OMT is rehearsing a new show of music by Zack Kline to be premiered in January at the Cedar Cultural Center.

TIME TRACK PRODUCTIONS was founded in 2003 by husband and wife team choreographer Paula Mann and media artist Steve Paul. The company has received support from the Jerome, Bush, and McKnight Foundations, and has been presented by numerous venues in New York and the Twin Cities including Dance Theater Workshop, The Women of Substance Series at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, The Southern Theater and The Walker Art Center.

TODD WARDROPE is an independent filmmaker and freelance video producer. His creative work has been screened at MSPIFF, Sound Unseen, and MNTV. He also participated in Dance Film Project 2009, The Minneapolis Project 2010, and Women Stand-Up and Shoot! Recent projects include behind-the-scenes documentaries for the local feature films "Into the Void", "Transylvania-TV Halloween Special", and the comedy short "The Hardworking Man from Nebraska".

TYLER JENSEN is filmmaker from Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs. He studied photography and video arts at Perpich Center for Arts Education and MCTC. His short works have been featured in various places in the Twin Cities, as well as, nationally and internationally.

VANESSA VOSKUIL is a choreographer, director, performer, teaching artist and creator of interdisciplinary performances, dances, films, and music-theater. She has created more than twenty original works presented by theaters and universities throughout the Twin-Cities area. Voskuil is a recipient of a 2009 McKnight Fellowship for Choreography and has received two Minnesota Dance Sage Awards for Outstanding Design (2006, 2009) and was Sage Award Nominated for Outstanding Performance for her production, "en masse." From 2003-09, Vanessa served as co-founding artistic director of award winning performance ensemble Live Action Set.

ZHAUNA FRANKS has choreographed directed and/or staged numerous theatrical and commercial productions since 1998. She has performed with Ballet of the Dolls since 1986 where she also served as Associate Artistic Director for eight years. Zhauna has created three Full-length productions: Beauty and the Beast (Audience choice: best dance- MN Fringe) and The Dream Channel- Episodes 1 & 2. Zhauna will be producing two original productions this season: Strange Loop at The Ritz Theater in February and Rootbound as part of the Women's Work Series at Open Eye Figure Theater in April 2011. She is celebrating her twenty-fifth year as a professional performer this season.



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