Director Biography – Kate Jopson (THE WEB OPERA)

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Kate Jopson (director) is the Artistic Director of the Aliso Theatre Company, having previously been Artistic Director of both Circle X Theatre and the Flagship Theatre, all in Los Angeles. Recently, she directed the short film PROTECT & SAVE (official selection Pasadena International Film Festival, Alexander Valley Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival) and developed documentaries with the Academy-Award winning company Stick Figure productions. As a theatre director, she specializes in experienced-based productions in locations as varied as a Frank Lloyd Wright house, a horse ranch, a beach, and a flower-filled basement. Recent theatre credits: HOLE IN THE SKY (Circle X Theatre); CANDIDE (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); FEFU AND HER FRIENDS (Circle X Theatre/J.U.S.T Toys Productions, LA); 1984 (Greenway Court Theatre, LA); AN ACCIDENT (Griot Theatre, LA), TWELFTH NIGHT (Courage Theatre Co. LA); SECOND SKIN (The West/The Flagship Ensemble); A WILLOW GROWS ASLANT (La Jolla Playhouse —Without Walls Fest.) B.A UC Berkeley; M.F.A in Directing from UC San Diego. http://www.katejopson.com

Director Statement

Cruelty can happen so casually, especially with the distance that social media allows. Social media is a double-edged sword, it can help those who feel isolated find a community and it can also bring out the darkest urges in humans. You no longer have to look someone in the eye and see the damage you have wrought. Micro-aggressions and unexplored prejudices can balloon into great wrongs. In the first three episodes of The Web Opera, we see how two young men’s choice not to face the discomfort of addressing their differences leads to a thoughtless and deeply violating action. We also examine how privacy is willingly and unwillingly taken from us.

The youngest in my “millennial” generation grew up without ever knowing a time before the internet. Some of us feel that privacy is overrated, that “we have nothing to hide so why does it matter?” I also fall into that reasoning, at times. But then something like the true events at Rutgers that The Web Opera is based on happens and I must re-examine my online presence. When I do, it is often terrifying how much of my life can be easily accessed and how little is under my control. That is why I wanted to film it in a way where you are watching people through their devices while they are going about their daily lives, unaware of our gaze.

While the story is small, the ramifications are big. Composer Michael Roth felt that an “opera” would help us find the emotion behind these small moments while keeping the larger scope of the message always present. The music defies genre, having moments of rock, pop, new music, musical theatre, and sound design fused together into the experience. The webseries itself also invents a new genre of “Web Operas.”

Overall, we tried to suit the medium to the story and the story to the medium to find a way to get into the heart of some of the largest issues of our time.

Director Biography – Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer (LOOK OUT)

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer have choreographed and performed collaboratively since 1978. Decades later, they continue to be a vital and present voice in the dance ecosystem. In 2001 they expanded their choreographic vision, stretching the boundaries of dance on stage by merging it with video technology, creating a groundbreaking metaphoric tool for portraying thoughts and memories, challenging the sense of reality. They continue to receive international critical praise for seamlessly melding these two art forms. In the summer of 2018, they created their first stand-alone film in collaboration with drone camera cinematographer Gavin Preuss.
In NYC they have been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center Fall for Dance, and Baryshnikov Arts Center and toured to festivals including Spoleto USA, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Munich International Festival, Beirut Spring Festival (Lebanon), and Tancforum (Budapest). They have taught workshops in their unique approach to Dance and Technology at over 150 universities including NYU Tisch, Juilliard, and Bates College.
Bridgman and Packer received a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, the first in the foundation’s history given to two individuals for collaborative work, an NDP Touring Award (2013), 3 NEFA Expedition Grants, and 4 NPN Creation Fund Awards. Their work Voyeur was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Production and was chosen Best of 2016 by Village Voice and Huffington Post and Best of 2017 by TheaterJones.com.

Director Statement

After many years of integrating live performance with video technology on stage, it was exciting to us to create this stand-alone film with drone-camera cinematographer Gavin Preuss. The drone camera’s potential for exciting perspectives, distances, and angles fed both our cinematic and choreographic choices.

Director Biography – Donald McQuade (FREE FALL)

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Donald is a Florida native, coffee addict, and award winning writer/director. His work is highly stylized and informed by a love of the innovative and the unexpected. He studied film at Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Once in Los Angeles, Donald’s strengths as a storyteller made him a highly sought after script doctor and ghost writer for feature films before transitioning to directing music videos and commercials. As a filmmaker, his work has featured the talents of Ciara, Leah Michelle, John Legend, Regina King and Eva Longoria.

Director Statement

We live in a crazy time. Ecosystems collapse, governments wage war and institutions fail us. Yet in the midst of all that chaos relationships are built, dreams are achieved, children are born and life goes on. Free Fall is a big idea encased in a small video. In a lonely and dangerous place, where the world seems to be literally crashing down, two people are able to find each other and connect, if only for a brief moment.

I hate to say that, when asked to direct the music video for Free Fall, I initially turned it down. That said, the music stuck with me. I found myself dreaming up images to accompany the chorus, taking Free Fall into the realm of the apocalyptic. It didn’t take long to realize I had made a mistake. Having presented this new vision for the video, Patrick and the Kimono Pat team changed course and graciously welcomed me onto the project. Before I knew it, we were all making the 3 hour drive to Pismo Beach where the majority of filming took place.

I’m incredibly proud of this project, but I’m even more proud of the team that worked on it. Assembling a small crew, our friends in the industry, we did our best to capture those big ideas with what little we had. This team went to hell and back to make this video possible. I’m so thankful for all the work they put in and the countless hours that were spent to see this vision come to life.

Director Biography – Molly Schreiber (SOCIAL MEDIA BLUES)

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Molly writes, produces, and acts in her own sketches. She was chosen as a 2018 Just For Laughs New Face Creator and showcased her work in Montreal. She has produced content for Funny or Die, McSweeney’s, Warner Brothers Records. Her content has millions of views and has been featured by Huffington Post, Nerdist, and Right this Minute. To watch more, go to funnyordie.com/mollyschreiber

Director Biography – Jeff Consiglio (EVE)

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A Producer, Director and Editor for over 30 years, Jeff Consiglio’s work has received one Academy Award (INOCENTE – Best Documentary Short Subject, 2013), a second Academy Nomination (WARDANCE – Best Documentary Feature, 2008), a Grammy (PORK & BEANS – Best Short Form Music Video, 2009), a Peabody Award, multiple Emmy’s and numerous film festival awards. Through their creative collaboration known as madeinhollywoodusa, Jeff and director of photography Alexandre Naufel created the fashion film WAR, an ongoing series of micromentaries titled RECORD COLLECTION and, most recently, EVE.

Director Statement

Like all successful creations, EVE is not the product of one director’s vision, but rather the harvest of inexorable collaborative compulsion. As co-authors, aerialist Jb Naufel, cinematographer Alex Naufel and myself made EVE as an obligation to a single creative spark. That’s often where the best work happens, in that vice grip of an idea that crashes artists together and will not relent until it becomes realized.

Director Biography – Chantal Cherry (TAKE ME THERE)

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Chantal Cherry is a queer South African dance choreographer and performer with a BFA in South African Contemporary Dance from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department, Los Angeles.

Chantal’s choreographic research is currently centered around queer identity and its representation in art and media. Her latest work, Our Bodies At Night, explores romantic intimacy between two women who powerfully support each other through symbiotic weight- bearing, sensual, movement. This duet was showcased as part of the Movement Research Open Performance Showings (NYC),the Dance Umbrella Africa Festival (South Africa), and at Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles).

In addition, Chantal recently premiered two new works at Highways Performance Space as part of her evening of dance. Tribute To My 12-year Old is a solo that gives voice to Chantal’s inner child, her desire to dance, and her parents’ disappointment in her career choice, presenting life as an artist as a failure. AndHome (Live) is an abstract duet portraying of two approaches to grieving, inspired by the death of a friend.

Chantal has taken part in such international conferences as Confluences 6 & 7, and Crossings International Artistic Workshop, hosted by the Gordon Institute of the Creative and Performing Arts. Her dance film, A Bigger Bang For Your Buck, screened at the Dance Transmissions Festival in Uganda, as well as the Re-Visioning Dance Festival in South Africa. Another of Chantal’s dance films, 1, 2 ,3, screened at the Echo Park Film Festival and was screened at the Los Angeles Municipal Arts Gallery as part of the Juried Exhibition. The same work was adapted for its stage premiere, Folie a Trois. She has worked with a wide range of esteemed choreographers, including Vincent Mantsoe (France), Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Christina Towle (France), Hsiao-Mei Ho (Taiwan), Shahar Biniamini (Israel), Jeanine Durning (New York), Ros Warby (Los Angeles), Sheetal Gandhi (Los Angeles), and Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa).

Chantal has trained in contemporary dance, African dance, West African, Spanish, release techniques, contact improvisation, Gaga technique, and Skinner Releasing Technique. She has a vested interest in cinematography, theatre lighting design, and dance film making.

Director Biography – Brynn Bodair, Lauren Delisle (HIS PARTY)

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Brynn Bodair, a versatile performer and choreographer, hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She trained extensively with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s principal dancers and received private coaching from The Kirov Ballet’s Jutec Kasamon. She studied with the Atlanta Ballet, Texas Theatre Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet. She has performed in several classical ballets, and with Maria Caruso’s Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company as a trainee. Recently, she performed her own work “Visions of Gideon” as a part of The Bach Music Festival, as well as created Cultivating Compassion, a forty five minute dance work focusing on humanizing legal rhetoric. She interned for the Bill T. Jones Summer Intensive at New York Live Arts, and trained with Keigwin and Company at The Juilliard School. Brynn currently attends Loyola Marymount University where she is pursuing a double degree in Dance and Political Science, as well as pursuing her passion for film while receiving a minor in Screenwriting from the School of Film and Television. She continues her dance training with Dance Teacher Magazine’s featured teacher Roz Leblanc Loo, BODYTRAFFIC’s co-artistic director Lillian Barbeito, and other esteemed faculty. Brynn is eager to create, spreading her infectious motivation, interdisciplinary knowledge and work ethic with all.

Lauren Delisle is a screenwriter, director, and movement artist based in Los Angeles, California. She was initially drawn to the film medium during her undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University when she realized it could bridge her passions for visual art and human form. This past year, her writing has been featured in Jacky Song’s “Lonely In The Dusk,” which was selected to be screened at the 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival. She has also worked on dance-focused music visuals with Elizabeth Archer and Connor Smyers and is thrilled to have been contracted on her first feature-length film adaptation, as primary screenwriter, which is set to begin production next year. In her spare time, she enjoys writing articles on mental health and media as editor and staff writer for MedTruth as well as dancing in her kitchen and reading beside her cat, Oat.

Director Statement

Using my interdisciplinary knowledge, I hope to intertwine the artistic mediums of dance and film to provide thought provoking and impactful artistic creations.