Director BIO:  Robyn Mineko Williams, Mike Gibisser (ENDED WHEN)

Robyn Mineko Williams is a director, multi-disciplinary artist, and producer. Following a remarkable 17 year career as a dancer at River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago-native Robyn Mineko Williams shifted her focus to artistic creation and collaboration. As a dance maker, Robyn has choreographed commissions for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Malpaso Dance Company, Charlotte Ballet and others. She has created and coached movement for an array of projects including music videos, art installations, theater productions, film, and more. Named by Dance Magazine in 2014 as one of “25 to Watch” and “Best Choreographer” by Chicago Mag’s “Best of Chicago, 2016”, Robyn is a Princess Grace Foundation-USA grant recipient and has been recognized as one of NewCity’s Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago. Her work has been presented at Kennedy Center, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, MCA Chicago and more.

Mike Gibisser is a filmmaker and artist interested in navigating the indefinite lines between essay, narrative, experimental, and documentary work. Over the past decade, he has completed two narrative features (Finally, Lillian and Dan and World of Facts), a feature film essay (The Day of Two Noons), as well as several experimental and non-fiction shorts. He has presented work at numerous cinemas and festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Oberhausen Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive, the AFI Film Festival, the Images Film Festival, the European Media Arts Festival, and the New York Film Festival. His work has been featured in Artforum, Variety, and Cinemascope, amongst other publications. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Director Statement

“The solo featured in Ended When was first created five years back as part of a larger piece for Hubbard Street called Cloudline. It’s been an awesome process to reimagine this solo as a moment that could stand on its own and even better to watch it evolve with the contributions of Ended When’s outstanding team of collaborators. Everyone involved in this film brought so much of themselves to it and the result is something that feels genuine and distinctly its own while echoing the heart and intention the work was originally rooted in.”
– Robyn Mineko Williams

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Festival occurs 3 times a month! Showcased the best of experimental short films and music videos from around the world.

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