A young man gets lost in the desert and becomes entranced by the spirit of the land.
Cast & Crew
Jennifer Jessum (Director / Choreographer / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Flying Limbs Inc. Productions. An award-winning director, choreographer, producer, and cinematographer, Jennifer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree, in Film Production, from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts degree, in Dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has directed and produced shorts, features, music videos, PSAs and commercials. Her film and choreographic work has been commissioned and presented throughout the United States and abroad. Jennifer's visceral and dynamic shooting style, which she refers to as Kinema, is an innovative synthesis of dance, somatics, and film. Her two award-winning feature documentaries, Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White, narrated by Martin Sheen, and Finding God in the City of Angels, have both received critical acclaim. Her short narrative dance film, Red Earth Calling, is currently on the festival circuit and has recently won awards at the Maui Film Festival, Moondance International Film Festival, and Toronto Independent Film Festival. Her new film, Running On A Wing And A Prayer, is currently in post-production. www.FlyingLimbs.com
Jillian Harris (Producer / Assistant Choreographer / Female Lead) An Associate Professor of Dance at Temple University, Jillian Harris has had a distinguished professional career, touring nationally and internationally with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. She also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera world premiere of “Benvenuto Cellini” and played the feature role in the PBS broadcast of Della Davidson’s “Night Story”. A youngARTS award winner, Jillian has performed works by noted choreographers such as Doug Varone, Murray Louis, Laura Dean, David Rousseve, and Moses Pendleton. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has shown her work at venues like Joyce SOHO (New York City), Chi Movement Arts Center (Philadelphia), The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City), and Bravo Caffe (Bologna, Italy). Recent projects include Red Earth Calling (premiere 2015) and INVASION, an interactive movement installation. In addition to choreographing, Jillian maintains an active teaching schedule, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Temple University and conducting master classes in the United States and abroad. Work samples can be found at https://vimeo.com/channels/303741 https://vimeo.com/channels/508021
YEBEL GALLEGOS (Male Lead) is a dancer, teacher and choreographer originally from El Paso, Texas. He played an important role in the founding of Cressida Danza Contemporánea in Yucatán, MX. While in Cressida Danza he served as company teacher, rehearsal director, and as principal dancer for five years. In the US, he has performed with Dance Theatre X, Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks, and Nickerson-Rossi Dance. He earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the prestigious Delfos Dance Company’s school, the Mazatlán Professional School of Dance in Mazatlán, MX. Yebel has performed pieces from artists such as: Doug Varone (US), Twyla Tharp (US), Roberto Olivan (Spain), Michael Foley (US), Victor Ruiz (MX), Claudia LaVista (MX), Lourdes Luna (MX), Paula Gonzalez (Chile), Charles Anderson (US). Yebel has traveled as a performer throughout Europe and Latin America, and has taught dance throughout Mexico, Chile, and the United States. Yebel is currently in his second season with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
Paula Cantu-Galindo (CoProducer / Hair & MakeUp Designer) has twenty plus years of working in film and television production, including five years of running both location and production offices. As assistant for Icon film director Robert Altman, Paula worked on major motion pictures directed by Altman as well as television shows produced by him. She has a diverse background in production. From being a key hair and makeup artist to currently facilitating administration and production support for docu-series programs for major television networks, Paula has been nicknamed, “Can Do Cantu”.
CHRISTOPHER B. FARRELL (Original Score / Composer / Multi-instrumentalist) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of the critically acclaimed instrumental ensemble, the Rit Mo Collective. Christopher has scored music for film, television, modern dance, and spoken word poetry while touring domestically and abroad with the Rit Mo Collective, Trombo Piccolo, Ryan Tennis & the Clubhouse Band, and Suspicious Brown. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Temple University's Boyer College of Music & Dance and Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Christopher also works as a dance technique accompanist at the University of the Arts. Samples of his work can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/christopher-farrell-3 and www.trombopiccolo.com
Alvin Rangel (1st Assistant Camera / Lead Grip) began his professional career performing ballet and jazz in his native Puerto Rico. Currently, he is dance faculty at California State University, Fullerton. Rangel maintains an active schedule, teaching master classes and workshops across the country and performing his own choreography. His dance project, Tango Vesre [Inverted Tango] has received national and international recognition. For nearly a decade, he performed with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) where he originated roles and worked with Bill T. Jones, Bebe Miller, Dwight Rhoden, Donald McKayle, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Doug Varone, Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Kevin Ward. He also performed pieces by other leading modern dance choreographers. With DCDC, he participated in a documentary co-produced by PBS and American Dance Festival titled Free to Dance. As a dance educator, Alvin has conducted master classes and workshops in the United States, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Rangel continues to create choreographies for dance companies in the United States and Puerto Rico. He holds a B.A. in Secondary Education, English as Second Language from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught ballet, repertory and contemporary dance technique. Website: www.alvinrangel.net
Heidi Barr (Costume Designer) is a Philadelphia based artist working in costume design and mixed media community based installation art. She holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and is a 2004 Leeway foundation Window of Opportunity grant recipient. A former professional dancer turned successful costume designer, she has created costumes for countless choreographic works by many notable choreographers. Equaling her lifelong commitment to dance and the costumes it inspires, is Heidi’s passion for gardening and her attention to environmental issues. This has informed her current work with site specific, outdoor sculpture created with communities, celebrating urban gardening. Heidi received the 2014 Leeway foundation Art and Change Grant for her with The East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) to create an installation with residents of the surrounding neighborhood for EPRAs' Strawberry festival at Woodford Mansion this coming June. Heidi is also the owner/designer of The Kitchen Garden Series, a business creating kitchen textiles from reclaimed materials that are sold to support urban agriculture. Website: www.heidibarrdesigns.com