Director Allison Beda has a penchant for delightfully, deliriously, awesomely messed-up and characters, and is particularly fond of telling stories about intelligent women, making inspired, though sometimes foolish choices. Her artistic practice delves into the "personal" passions, obsessions, and often poetically explores the intersection of cinema, dance and "narrative" (which is sometimes documentary) - It doesn't fit into a neat category, or any category at all, resulting in bold and unique films. Ms Beda turned her first career as an international fashion model into the feature documentary How To Be A Model (which critics deemed “an intriguing insider look filled with shattered stereotypes”). Her very first short film Know Your Alphabet toured the world with the likes of Stan Brakhage, and is still being invited to screen internationally. Allison Beda’s short film Just A Minute (made withe the 360 Collective) played as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics, she received a Legacy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Film” for her short 9-1-Mum, and her BravoTV commission film 30-LOVE, has done two world tours. She also recently directed the series pilot for Sleeping With The Dead which won "Best Spoof" at Action On Film Festival, and her first fiction screenplay Unpredictable (written with novelist Eileen Cook) is a Screencraft screenplay award comedy semi-finalist. Allison is a member of the 360 Collective (with composer James Maxwell and choreographer Claire French) and is a contributor to the cultural magazine IMAGISTA. She has a BA in film from Simon Fraser University, and an MFA from University of British Columbia. Her work as a IATSE camera operator on various network features and television series helped her hone her strong visual style and her work as an Associate Producer on shows like the SYFY/NBC series 12 Monkeys taught her exactly what and when you can (and cannot) "fix it in post". Allison Beda’s production company A Muse Productions loves making films about women who make trouble and film art that defies categorization.
Tara Cheyenne Friendenberg is a choreographer, performer, educator, and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Based in Vancouver, she has been creating and performing her unique brand of hybrid dance-theatre for the past decade and is known for her expert blending of comedy, dynamic physicality, and character work. Tara has been nominated for several Jessie and Ovation awards for her theatrical choreography and is a 2014 recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize. www.taracheyenne.com
Jade Charon is a choreographer, community activist, dancer, and teaching artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began dancing at the age of 5 with City Ballet Theater, and trained with many local dance organizations around Milwaukee such as: Art in Motion, Milwaukee Ballet School, Feet of Praise Dance Ministry, and graduated from Milwaukee High School of the Arts as a dance major. In 2005, she joined Signature Dance Company where she served as a company member and choreographer. In 2007, she was accepted into Columbia College Chicago. Jade thrived artistically and academically, and received an Opportunity Scholarship which granted her a full ride for her academic achievements. Upon graduating from Columbia, Jade interned with Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles for 3 months. In 2011, Jade Charon graduated from Columbia College Chicago with honors receiving a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Dance and Theater. After college, she became a backup dancer for Kanye West and performed at Summerfest Music Festival and Essences Fest. Jade’s passion for youth and community landed her a pioneer role of, Youth Choreography Dance Artist Mentor, for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Through this role, Jade was a part of a national research study held by The Wallace Foundation, and had the responsibility of creating a high quality dance program for the youth of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee with a 5.6 million dollar grant. Jade’s professional experience in church ministry , dance, education, and community is the driving force behind her choreography. She is currently a MFA dance student and Graduate Opportunity Fellow, at the University of California, Los Angeles where she explores the ways in which dance can be used as ministry to uplift people of color and heal all people.
ILANA GOLDMAN & GABRIEL WILLIAMS
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, as a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. Her dance films Convergence, Fledgling, and InterState have screened at numerous international dance festivals.
Gabriel Williamsis a filmmaker, dancer, educator, and researcher. He has danced principal and soloist roles with Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, and as a guest artist with the Trey McIntyre Project. He has appeared on the TV show Glee, starred in the feature film Shteps, and performed in equity summer stock musical theatre. His award-winning dance film Contaction, and his films created in collaboration with Ilana Goldman, Convergence and Fledgling, have screened at numerous national and international film festivals. He has taught classes at the Florida State University since 2015.