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.

Short Film: EVE, 4min., USA, Dance

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High wire artist Philippe Petit describes EVE in this way: “Fighting gravity and sharing with the winds the fabric of our dreams is as important in life as getting bread and water. EVE reminds us of that while inspiring us to grow wings and take off!”

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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.

Short Film: TAKE ME THERE, 3min., USA, Dance

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Created as part of the Experimental Film Virginia residency and festival program in Cape Charles, Virginia, with dancers from Italian Dance Company Equilibrio Dinamico, Take Me There is a dance film about self-discovery. A dancer ventures out into the unknown — excited, determined, and ready for the adventure that awaits. Journeying in forward motion along train tracks, we see the lead character find friends and, ultimately, a romantic, intimate connection. Was this what she was searching for all along?

Take Me There depicts strong women, queer relationship, and characters outside of their ‘performative gender roles’ to be somewhat adrogonous and powerful. A band of misfit queers journeying together.

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Short Film: CREATURES, 4min., USA, Dance

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With our short fashion dance film, we would like to take you back in surreal pre historic times.

Capturing the tale of mysterious creatures living on earth. Pure in their emotions and expressions.

Following them on a journey of identity and self expression.
Fashion as a tool to bond, it makes us belong, it makes us stand out and differ.

We start a jurney of emotions, expressoin, fabric and movement.

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.