Director Biography – Danielle Peers, Alice Sheppard (INCLINATIONS)

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DANIELLE PEERS is a community organizer, an artist, and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta.

They have made seven activist-oriented films, co-curated three art shows, and co-founded two arts collectives (KingCrip Productions and CRIPSiE). They have co-choreographed three dances, and have performed for eight years as a dancer with CRIPSiE, The Good Women Dance Collective, as well as dancing for choreographers Lindsay Eales and Alice Sheppard.

Danielle is the Director of the Media in Motion Lab, which supports creative methods for producing and sharing knowledges about human bodies in motion. DaniellePeers.com

ALICE SHEPPARD took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare; she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship in order to begin a career in dance. She studied ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Alice joined AXIS Dance Company where she toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs.

Since becoming an independent artist, Alice has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has worked with Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton.

As an emerging, award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference. http://www.AliceSheppard.com

 

Director Statement

 

INCLINATIONS began as a moment of ‘crip’ play. Alice Sheppard and Danielle Peers finding themselves on a 90-foot ramp on “social street”: the main entrance of the Kinesiology building at the University of Alberta. After a lifetime of climbing awkward, ugly ramps hidden away behind buildings with barely enough room for one chair user, this wide-open slope-scape sent us both literally somersaulting over the rails in our wheelchairs for nearly an hour.

Drawing on Sheppard’s work more broadly, the disabled body, enabled by the ramp, becomes a source of creative movement. Dancers can move in ways that they cannot move on flat surfaces and the ramp itself becomes an artistic object, transformed albeit temporarily into an environment that reveals connection, trust, beauty, and desire.

Choreographed, directed and shot from disability perspectives, this dance-on-video delves into the playful connection enabled where disability, community and ramp meet, as well as the institutional histories and discordant inclinations that lurk just below the surface.

Short Film: INCLINATIONS, 5min., France, Dance

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Choreographed, directed and shot from disability perspectives, this dance-on-video short contrasts the playful connections when disability aesthetics, community and a ramp meet the institutional histories and discordant inclinations that can lurk just below the surface.

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Short Film: ANIMAL, 7min., France, Dance

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This short film is an adaption of the performance Animale (choreography by Lisie Philip, music by Laurent Tamagno). It was produced for an event in the MAMAC (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nice) called “la Nuit des Musées” in 2017. I perceived the show as a celebration of the vitality of the body which is hunted and cornered but also resistant and pugnacious. The ardour and youthness of the tense muscles reminded me of creepers around a tree. I admired the transcendental beauty of the protean animality, oscillating between a quadruped, a reptile and a bird. I wanted to confront, as a last hunt, this body to young to die to the cold beauty of the cutting room of the old slaughterhouse of Nice.

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Short Film: REDEMPTION, 7min., USA, Experimental

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Redemption is my third and final non-narrative experimental film that deals with the death and resurrection of the human essence. This is not about a physical death but a spiritual one. The themes are my abstract interpretations of actual events that I have experienced. Those experiences dealt with the death of hope and spirit and their restorations.

Short Film: GEOMETRY, 2min., USA, Experimental

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Geometry is a visual music animated piece. Inspired by Oskar Fischinger and John Whitney, Geometry combines graphic shapes with music to show a ball’s journey.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 17, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

June 2019 Winning Films

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festival posterSHINRIN-YOKU, 6min., USA, Experimental

festival posterTOM, 8min., USA, Experimental/Horror

festival posterNOBODY’S HOME, 4min, Canada, Music Video

festival posterGET BACK, 3min., USA, Experimental

festival posterDO NOT SING TO ME, MY BEAUTY, 6min., Netherlands, Music

festival posterPASSAGE, 6min., France, Experimental

festival posterFLORETS, 4min., USA, Dance/Music Video

festival posterWATERMORPHOSIS, 4min., Germany, Dance

festival posterUHAMBO, 5min., Australia, Dance

festival posterWEIGHTLESS, 5min., Canada, Dance

festival posterHAPPY ENDING, 4min., Australia, Dance

festival posterMINE, 8min., USA, Dance

 

 

 

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Director Biography – David Javier (FLORETS)

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Ambitious and creative, Kristin McQuaid is one of today’s hottest choreographers. For more than 15 years, she has wowed audiences as an actor, dancer and choreographer and has just added designer to that list.

Kristin was born in Marlton, New Jersey and moved 9 times, including a stop in Denver where she discovered her love for dance at 11 years old. The daughter of a salesman, they eventually settled in Southern California where her dance career blossomed. Choreographing dances in her driveway at a young age, she always knew she wanted to create and choreograph. She was full of dreams and life and did everything in her power to make them come true.

This dynamo made her acting debut in the feature film Beautiful staring Minnie Driver and was also featured in Zombie Prom produced by Wes Craven, Grayscale, and Boy Chick. She also graced the small screen with recurring appearances in Days of our Lives and American Dreams.

She’s appeared in music videos and live performances with top artists such as Prince, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Mark McGrath, and 80’s pop star Cyndi Lauper. She kept busy starring in several national commercials for U.S. Cellular, Dr. Pepper, Jack In The Box, Outback Steak House, and Pepsi while she continued to study the arts.

Kristin’s dazzling and versatile choreography has made her a sought after talent. With her fun loving and high-energy personality on set, she promises to leave audiences entertained and wanting more. She began her choreography career with a full-length professional show, “Choosing Sin” to a sold out audience in Los Angeles. In 2015, Kristin was honored to win the choreographer’s TV show Make A Move. Her work has been featured in the Capezio A.C.E. awards, Choreographer’s Carnival stages, and TV commercials for brands including Vlado Footwear and Old Spice.

She loves being able to communicate emotions through movement and calls her choreography captivating and mindful with drastic dynamics and a spunky twist. Most recently her work can be seen on So You Think You Can Dance and fan favorite, Dance Moms. Kristin also just choreographed and produced three videos for “American’s Got Talent” winner Grace VanderWaal. The most recent Grace Vanderwaal video, “Florets”, was a short film and has hooked audiences and fans all over the world.

With Kristin experiencing stardom at a young age she can well relate to the up and coming youth. Having worked with so many young influencers to date Kristin is sought out as a great leader and mentor for the next generation.

Currently, Kristin splits her time between Oklahoma and California. She resides with her husband and two Scottie dogs, Dexter and Deuce. Kristin loves online shopping and spend time with her family at the movies. She’s a huge animal lover and actively a part of the ASPCA.