oxford international film festival 2018

this festival has everything going for it, i so wish i could be there! if you find yourself in oxford in mid-may, check it out...

OXIFF is designed to be an intimate and eloquent filmmaker festival where film enthusiasts can get first hand insights from directors, writers, actors and producers from the premiering films, a style which blends well with the beautiful city of Oxford
— OIFF

this was a good one!

this was a GOOD one! 

a rare and magical experience with Texas Ballet Theater and Ft. Worth Symphony.

the synthesis of music, players, dancers and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya filled me up. Such wonderful support and collaboration - it was really a heartening experience.

 honored to get a good mention....click   here   to read

honored to get a good mention....click here to read

 

Behind the Scenes with dancer Andre Silva...click here to view

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and photos captured by the lovely Suxiao Yang

Kennedy Center...with the Ft. Worth Symphony


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Off to Texas then DC for performances of RIFT, the contemporary ballet composed by the brilliant Anna Clyne. Excited to have my work performed in Texas...spent some formative years there dreaming of a life in dance! CANNOT wait to see the piece on the stage of the Kennedy Center with live orchestra conducted by the uber talented Miguel Harth-Bedoya!

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highlights from last year's SHIFT festival:

 

"SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
This fascinating evening features two works inspired by literary connections: Bel Canto by Jimmy López is based on Ann Patchett's 2001 novel of the same name; Serenade by Leonard Bernstein is based on Plato's "Symposium." Also featured is RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne choreographed by Kitty McNamee for six dancers on stage." - FWSO
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Short Waves Festival

The Yellow Room is on a roll! 

Excited to be accepted to our sixth festival - Short Waves Festival. The Yellow Room was one of just two American films (both directed by women) selected for the Dances with Camera category. Screenings will take place March 20-25th in Poznán, Poland.

The Yellow Room

Director + Choreographer: Kitty McNamee

Dancers: Jessica Gadzinski + Junji Dezaki

DP: Jim Doyle

Composer: Ali Helnwein

Editor: Arielle Zakowski

Camera Operator: Lachlan Turczan

FIREBIRD - redux!!


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VERY excited to work with Conductor JONATHON HEYWARD on my upcoming original production of FIREBIRD!

JONATHON is forging a career as one the most exciting conductors of his generation. Currently Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, the young American was also selected to be part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 Dudamel Conducting Fellowship program.

Collaborating with some beautiful folks for our mad take on the eternal Firebird. In addition to the fabulous team at LA PHIL, Cathy Cooper is designing, Conner Marx is our Stravinsky and dancers are Kelsey Landers, Isaac Huerta, Baden Silva, Derek Schiesel and Ty Wells. Hope you can join us for some truly extraordinary music and story.

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Saturday, Dec 2 - 11am | Saturday, Dec 9 - 11am

https://www.laphil.com/tickets/toyota-symphonies-for-youth/2017-12-02

 

EVA


Super excited to announce that NATIONAL SAWDUST, an incubator for contemporary music in Brooklyn, has given us a residency to begin the creation of our new opera EVA.

EVA is a new 75-minute opera scored for five vocalists, chamber orchestra and electronics with a libretto drawn from the recently published Diaries of visual artist Eva Hesse. Thunderstruck with pain, Eva collapses in her loft hurtling us back in time to confront the pivotal artistic and personal moments of her tragically short life.

Composer - Anna Clyne

Libretto - Kitty McNamee and Jocelyn Clarke 

Dramaturg - Jocelyn Clarke

Conceived by Kitty McNamee


About NATIONAL SAWDUST

National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

In a city teeming with venues, NS is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.

https://nationalsawdust.org

4 and score


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excited to have our film in 4 festivals...thrilled for composer Ali Helnwein's nomination for best score @ Kerry Film Festival and honored to receive an award of merit for Female Filmakers from Best Shorts Competition!

directing and festivals and films - oh my!


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How PERFECT is it that my first short film as a director, The Yellow Room, will have it's World Premiere at the Kerry Film Festival in Co. Kerry Ireland!!!!! The following month it will be screening at the Olympia Film Festival and hopefully more to come!

Happily I had some incredible collaborators on this project including Jim Doyle - my talented DP and co-producer, dancers Jessica Gadzinski and Junji Dezaki, composer Ali Helnwein, and editor Arielle Zakowski

For more details on production and upcoming screenings you can visit The Yellow Room 

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LA TRAVIATA - San Diego Spotlight Doc

la traviata opened at the san diego opera last weekend! it was a thrill to work with mrs. domingo again. the talent in san diego is outstanding! i was also really happy to work with some of the returning artists such as dancer louis williams, peabody southwell, and brenton ryan. 

i was so proud of the dancers, they were gorgeous - louis williams, sergey kheylik, mikaella abitbol, noel dilworth, danielle dorsch, jessica gadzinski, bernadette torres, and susan vishmid.

check out the UCTV documentary below...it's cued up to the dance segment.

 photo: craig t. matthew

photo: craig t. matthew

 photo: j. katarzyna woronowicz johnson

photo: j. katarzyna woronowicz johnson

opera spotlight documentary...the dance and traviata: