Interview with Amy Leona Havin

Director Amy Leona Havin
Director of Photography Tomás Alfredo Valladares
Choreographer Amy Leona Havin and dancers
Dancers Amy Leona Havin, Heather Hindes, Jillian Hobbs, Briley Jozwiak, Carly Nicole Ostergaard, Lyndsey Gray Parsons, Catherine ‘Caty’ Raupp, Lena Traenkenschuh
Composer Oliver Barret, Kai Engel, Jack Hertz, Blue Dot Sessions, The Aurora Principle, Nctrnm, David Szesztay
Country of Origin United States

Sweetgrass is an aromatic herb native to North America. It can be harvested up to five times per year and is also referred to as ‘Holy Grass’.


Describe, in as many or as few words as you see fit, the genesis of or inspiration behind your film.
sweetgrass stems from the notion of aviary migration.
What is interesting or intriguing to you about engaging with dance for film vs. dance for stage? Or, if you are coming from a film background and working with dance is a secondary medium for you, what drew you to wanting to capture and work with dance?
Dance for film allows for immeasurable rifts in time. Film has an ability to capture the diminutive details of an organism to present both vivid strengths and exertions, pressing the dancer into the viewer all while offering vast landscapes impossible to replicate on the stage.