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2015 Filmmakers

Marta Arjona with 
Anna Borràs

Marta Arjona was born in Valls (Tarragona - Spain) in 1992. At the age of two she started to take dance lessons, and since the moment she first took the first dance class she knew that dance would be part of her life. Nowadays, she continues dancing, and has made it part of her profession. Marta studied Audiovisual Communication degree in Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2010-2014) where now is studying Journalism. As her final degree project she directed the videodance piece "Freiheit". From this piece and from the aim of joining audiovisuals and dance was born DansPXL, her own business where she produces different pieces of videodance as "DO ut DES" or "15".


Anna Borràs has born and raised in Reus, Catalonia. She trained at Centre de Lectura Dance School where she became a valuated member of the young company from the same. She graduated in contemporary dance at the Institut del Teatre from Barcelona in 2010. Anna worked beside different choreographers and companies such as Roberto G. Alonso, Ramón Oller, Shlomi Bitton, Alexander Ekman, Akram Khan, Catherine Allard, Jo Strømgren, Gustavo Ramírez, Bebeto Cidra, Jiří Kylián, Rafael Bonachela, Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, IT Dansa, Verve12 (UK), Retina Dance Company (UK), Jasmin Vardimon (UK), Nicolas Ricchini, Jorge Crecis SQx, Companhia de Dança do Norte, Simba Dance Ensemble, among others. Anna participated in several dance competitions the most remarkables could be:  Roseta Mauri being awared for the 1st solo prize in contemporary dance, finalist at the 

X Certamen de Danza Burgos-Nueva York, semifinalist at the 18th Internatonal Solo-Tanz Festival in Stuttgart, among others. Anna is creating her own work and colaborating with International artists around Europe.


Sima Gonsai

Sima Gonsai has been an established filmmaker in the West Midlands for over ten years. Her work stems across digital media, screen dance and short film. In 2004 Sima launched “Cycle Dialogues”, a four year touring visual arts project, funded by Arts Council England. Sima independently cycled 4000 miles across South East Asia and Europe documenting multi cultural stories producing short film, video installation and published writings. Sima has since received several visual arts commission including arts producer training and artist residencies with Fierce Festival & New Art Gallery Walsall. Originally trained in Indian Classical Dance, Sima began her career as an amateur performer. She later studied a ‘Masters in Screen Dance’ and is now a reputed screen dance director. Since 2011, she has created a series of dance films in collaboration with Freefall Dance Company, Fox Hollies Performance Arts College and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She is currently touring this work internationally. Sima also delivers media production training, where she specialises in working with multi-cultural and intergenerational communities and brings history to life through film. This work explores identity and social history, focusing on telling local stories that inform and raise questions about how societies have formed and live today.

Juliette Machado

Juliette Machado graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in the spring of 2014. There she received a BFA in Dance and a BA in Communication Studies. Juliette grew up in Hawaii and has been dancing her entire life. She currently works and teaches for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's (BAAY) after school enrichment program and manages her own video/photography business, JM Works. Juliette also performs with the local nonprofit dance company, Bellingham Repertory Dance. Juliette first dabbled in filmmaking and dance for the camera during her time in college and loves continuing to explore the genre. Learn more about her and her work at

Chris Rogy

Chris Rogy is a New York based experimental and documentary filmmaker. He was a 2013 US Fulbright Fellow to Cambodia who led a rural project developing radio drama for social change as part of his graduate work at The New School's Media Studies program. Material gathered throughout his fellowship will be used in a web documentary that focuses on the human rights issues facing the project's volunteers. Chris is also a member of the Illuminator art collective, a group that works to shine a light on the urgent issues of our time through interactive projections in public spaces.

Jen Roit &
Terence Nance

Proud of her West Coast origins, Jennifer Roit received a merit scholarship to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. After working with choreographers such as Karole Armitage, Bill Young, and Dwight Rhoden, Jennifer graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance. She then continued a diverse dance career with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Gaddy Works, Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Company, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Daniel Holt/DIRT, and Transcendance Group, as well as performing and choreographing for film shorts and music videos. Spoke the Hub presented her work in a split bill after she won the People’s Choice Award during their Winter Follies program. She was recently selected for the Breaking Glass Project, a mentorship program offering artistic and administrative consultation for emerging female choreographers. She has also presented work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, and in various outdoor festivals. She was chosen to present an evening of work for The Series in Queens. In the upcoming year, she will be participating in NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop with Stephen Petronio, as well as participating in the 12by12 Initiative, the Amalgamate artist series, and presenting at HATCH, Dixon place, and Ticino in Tanzania in Switzerland.


Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Each of his siblings are artists:. Norvis Jr. Djore, and Classi. Terence makes films, installations, performances, and music. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc.  His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The album of the same title will be released this year. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa.  It is currently available on DVD and Digitally through Cinema Guild. In addition to his personal work, Terence is also an accomplished music video director having collaborated on short films and music videos with Blitz the Ambassador, Cody ChesnuTT, and Pharoahe Monch to name a few. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm and is currently developing his next feature film. More at

Wobbly Dance

Wobbly is Yulia Arakelyan and Erik Ferguson. We are a Portland-based dance theatre company supported by Water in the Desert - an international dance organization made up of equal parts dance and sustainable permaculture. Wobbly makes dance theatre work that is raw, authentic and honest. We like to create multimedia and multisensory dream like transformative environments where the line between audience and performer is blurred. It is a collaborative process with other dancers and musicians. By presenting our bodies on stage often separate from the icon of the wheelchair, by dancing on the floor or in office chairs, we defy labels and promote accessibility in a playful sneaky way. We are changing attitudes and transforming physical spaces. We believe that to present a disabled body onstage is a radical act capable of stitch by stitch transformation of the cultural fabric of our community. More at

Maggie Bailey

Maggie Bailey is a professional dancer looking to work more closely with the collaboration of the performing arts and technology, specifically filmmaking and dance. Bailey studied Arts Management and Dance, concentrating in Performance and Choreography, at the College of Charleston. She is currently performing with Annex Dance Company, a modern company based in Charleston, SC.

She has studied at the American College Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival with choreographers including Elisa Clark, Pamela Pietro, Jesse Zaritt, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Gerri Houlihan and Rodger Belman. She has had the pleasure of performing in Piccolo Spoleto, the Charleston Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival and the 2013 Spoleto Festival’s double-bill opera, Mese Mariano/Le Villi directed by Stefano Vizioli. “Confessions of a Lacking Pursuit” is her first film. She looks forward to further investigating and exploring the relationship between dance and film. 

Ilana Goldman

Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of dance at Florida State University and has taught and choreographed for schools and companies across the United States. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. Ilana danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, as a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project.  


Jasmine Hearn
& Paul Kruse

Jasmine Hearn is a freelance choreographer and performing artist/dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine 

travels arounds the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with choreographers jhon r. stronks (HOU), Kate Watson Wallace (PHIL), Kendra Portier (NYC) and Marjani Forte (NYC). Jasmine also is a facilitator of restorative movement workshops. For more information, please visit


Paul William Kruse is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from Western Wisconsin. Paul creates stories for stage and screen that play with traditional forms of narrative. 

He strives to challenge the context in which such work is produced and shared. He has particular interest queer identity, spirituality in contemporary culture, and the ever-evolving 

experience of family. He seeks to express moments of transcendence in his work. Paul also has a fascination with science fiction and fantasy stories and the creation of alternate realities. He loves exploring what it means to create other worlds and what that tells us about our own. Paul is a founding member of Hatch Arts Collective, a group of performing artists working in 

Pittsburgh’s East End. More information at

Kyle Georgina Marsh
& Ann Lupo

Kyle Georgina Marsh, is a New York and Jersey City based dance artists. Kyle is the Fonder and Artistic Director of The Dancing Georgina Project. In June of 2015 Kyle was one of four selected emerging choreographers presented at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's, Jersey (New) Moves! showcase. Similarly in the fall of 2013, Kyle was one of four selected artists in residence at Lustig Dance Theatre via their partnership with coLAB Arts. Through this opportunity Kyle's work The Unbidden Occasion  was reviewed by The New Jersey Star Ledger as having been, "the evenings most successful premiere." Most recently Kyle's work has been presented in the: Jersey (New) Moves! (2015), Triskelion Arts Dance Film Lab Festival (2015), Under Exposed (2015), WAXworks (2015), Your Move (2014) Motion: New Dance Works (2013), Brooklyn UPSTART Festival (2012), among others. Kyle received her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and her Masters in Dance Education from Rutgers University. Find out more at


Ann Lupo is a freelance director//editor based in Brooklyn. 

While studying film at NYU, Ann began working with Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargason on what would become Documented - a feature length documentary that tells the story of Vargas's extraordinary life as an undocumented immigrant in America and his journey to define what is means to be an "American." The film has screened at national + international film festivals to critical acclaim, had it's theatrical premiere in NYCand and broadcast on CNN in June 2014. She has gone on to direct and edit commercials and music videos nationally and internationally for U2, Oral B, Office Depot, Sprint, GQ, Supercuts to name a few and greatly enjoys collaborating with director Mac Premo from time to time. An adventure capitalist and aspiring badass, Ann wants to do and make dope shit. More info at

Amy Seiwert

Amy Seiwert​, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, enjoyed a nineteen­ year performing career dancing with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets. As a dancer with Smuin Ballet she became involved with the “Protégé Program” where her choreography was mentored by the late Michael Smuin, and became Choreographer in Residence there upon her retirement from dancing in 2008. Named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, her first full evening of choreography was named one of the “Top 10” dance events of 2007 by the SF Chronicle. Twice she has worked with dancers from New York City Ballet, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins. Collaborations include works with visual designers Marc Morozumi and Matthew Antaky, composers Daniel Bernard Roumain and Mason Bates, media designer Frieder Weiss and spoken­word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph. She is honored to have been an Artist in Residence at ODC Theater and to have works in the repertory of Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Smuin, Washington, Atlanta, Oakland, Sacramento, Colorado, Louisville, Cincinnati, Carolina, Oklahoma City, Dayton, Milwaukee and American Repertory Ballets as well as Robert Moses KIN. More info on Amy can be found at

Zornitsa Stoyanova

Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, organizer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, since 2006 has been based in Philadelphia, PA where she creates, produces and presents performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance. Zornitsa has choreographed and performed numerous dances, improvisations and human installations.  Her work has been presented in Philadelphia as well as at Joyce SoHo and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in NYC; Hubbart Hall in Cambridge, NY; Wanted Festival in Rennes, France; and her native Sofia, Bulgaria.  She has danced with Emergent Improvisation Project, based in Vermont, Lionel Popkin Dance, Cie Willi Dorner, Eiko and Koma, Group Motion Dance, Idiosyncrazy Productions, <fidget>, Nicole Bindler and others in Philadelphia. While dancing with Emergent Improvisation Project, Zornitsa was featured on the cover of “Composing While Dancing” book by Melinda Buckwalter. Zornitsa also teaches improvisation technique for performance and dance for camera  and has done so in Philadelphia, France and recently in her native Bulgaria. Learn more at

Jana G. Younes

Jana Georges Younes is an avid dancer and choreographer with a keen interest in dance filmmaking. After directing a short experimental documentary "Moving Philosophy" -where she applied Laban movement theories to the body of the camera-, Jana's film debut, Orenda, that she also directed, choreographed and starred in, got attributed a special mention from the jury at the 21st European Film Festival Awards for the Lebanese Students Best Short Films. Jana has been enriching her knowledge in cineographic dance and choreographic cinema by attending several workshops in Paris, Barcelona, and New York.


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