OREGON DANCE FILM COMMISSION
in partnership with Pro Photo Supply
PDFF is excited for the inaugural year of the Oregon Dance Film Commission. Presented by Portland Dance Film Fest & Pro Photo Supply, two Oregon artists: one director and one choreographer will come together to film, edit, color, and finalize a two minute minimum dance film by October to be screened during the festival. Meet this year’s artists:
Director & Filmmaker
Robert Uehlin is an award-winning screendance cinematographer from Oregon. He has studied film production at Northwest Nazarene University and at the University of Oregon where he also taught. His work has been screened at the American Dance Festival, The Utah International Screendance Festival, The Northwest Screendance Exposition, the 40 North Dance Film Festival, and the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.
For Uehlin, screendance is the most powerful vehicle for conveying the simple beauty of the human form in motion. In his work, audiences are transported. They go with the dancers into new spaces where they explore their own relationships with nature. They dance alongside them as partners and witnesses. And they are brought closer to the choreography itself, moving with the camera, echoing the choreography, experiencing a kinesthetic empathy unavailable to traditional dance audiences
Choreographer & Dancer
Raven Jones is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance performance and Choreography, and a minor in American Sign Language interpreting. She now lives in Portland, Oregon where she is the Founder and Artistic Director of WolfBird Dance, as well as the Founder and Project Manager of YAE! (Young Artists Empowerment) Camp. Raven has choreographed and produced multiple evening length works, which have been premiered on both the East and West coasts and internationally in Paris, France.
Actively in the Portland community, she has taught Contemporary and Contemporary Floor-work classes, was the contemporary teacher for Portland’s 2017 Citywide Dance Audition, and taught workshops and classes at Manatee School for the Arts (Palmetto, FL), the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL), Reed College (Portland, OR), and St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, OR). She has also been the residency recipient of the 2017 Center Space Resistance residency (Portland, OR) as well as the 2017 residency recipient at New Expressive Works (Portland, OR).
Growing up, Raven was heavily involved in professional and community theatre. Using this musical theatre influence, she has spent the last five years developing a unique dance-theatre style that has been reviewed as “unself-conscious,” “intelligent,” and “fierce.” Raven is a collaborative choreographer, working collectively with multi-media Artists to produce thought provoking work that strongly focuses on developing movement through personal memories and human experience. In 2018, on behalf of WolfBird, Raven was the Open Meadows Foundation grant recipient for the development of her outreach an empowerment advocacy program YAE! (Young Artists Empowerment) Camp.
PRO PHOTO SUPPLY
Sponsor & Equipment Rental Donation
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