transformations film project

"Transformations” is a new commissioning initiative that celebrates the unique, collaborative, and interdisciplinary nature of our program by pairing alumni across artistic disciplines to create new works documented on film. 

About the films

SOLITUDE, DARKNESS, LIGHT
2016, 5 minutes
 
A film by
Kayla Briet (2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts) | cinematography, sound, editing, music production
Thomas Carr (1982 Winner in Photography) | still photography
Isabela Dos Santos (2011 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) | animation, writing, dance
 
In a blend of abstraction and realism, "Solitude, Darkness, Light" explores the confluence of place, time, people and emotions. Contrasting worlds of the future and the past and the still and the moving take the viewer across time in search of a new perspective on the present, as experienced through the lenses of sounds, animation and imagery.
 
Produced by the National YoungArts Foundation
 

TYLER
2016, 6:19 minutes
 
A film by
Dan Frantz (2012 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) | director, cinematographer, editor, writer
Adam O’Farrill (2013 Winner in Jazz) | composer, writer
Devyn Tyler (2009 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) | actress, director, writer
 
“Tyler,” set in present-day New Orleans, tells the story of a young girl who is turning into gold. The transformation triggers a mental conflict and strained self-reflection as the world around her responds to her physical changes.
 
Produced by the National YoungArts Foundation

HELL YOU TALMBOUT
2016, 7:20 minutes
 
A film by
Denzel Boyd (2014 Winner in Design Arts) | co-director, art director, production designer
Tyler Rabinowitz (2011 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) | co-director, producer
Joseph Webb (1996 Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) | co-director, performer
 
In wake of the country’s social and political current events, “Hell You Talmbout” artfully addresses police violence, racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement through spoken word, tap dance, and most importantly, its impact from the perspective of our youth. The inspirational young dancers of Seattle's Northwest Tap Connection, a social justice-oriented dance studio, come together to confront the inescapable outrage that they feel living in a world plagued with injustices in the Black Community.
 
Produced by the National YoungArts Foundation

VARIATIONS ON BREATHING
2016, 3:18 minutes
 
A film by
Pascal Le Boeuf (2004 Winner in Music) | music
JeanCarlo Ramirez (2012 Winner in Cinematic Arts) | producer, director
Kate Vrijmoet (1984 Winner in Visual Arts) | painting
Featuring Katy Short (2013 Winner in Dance) | improvised movement
 
How can we embrace our true selves amid an ocean of false social constructs and unconscious biases? Borrowing from Vrijmoet’s “Non-Ordinary Reality” painting series and Le Boeuf's compositions for prepared piano, “Variations on Breathing” leads the viewer from the deep sleep of unknowing through a physical and moral struggle to free the self. Metaphors for transformation are explored through the lens of Ramirez's immersive maximalist cinematography, improvised movement, the shedding of aqueous skin, and the transition from full immersion in water to surfacing for air.
 
Produced by the National YoungArts Foundation

TO AND FROM
2016, 6:10 minutes
 
A film by
Kira Bursky (2014 Winner in Cinematic Arts) | director, editor, actor
Da’Shawn Mosley (2012 Winner in Writing & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) | writer, actor
Tatev Yeghiazarya (2005 Winner in Voice) | composer, actor
And with Nick Ramey (2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts) | cinematographer
 
“To and From” follows three artists who feel trapped in loneliness, isolation and dissatisfaction. By experiencing a severe transformation that’s deeply connected to nature, each character gradually embarks on an inward and outward journey that leads to a united path of growth. The phenomena and power of connection stimulates the protagonists, adds purpose to their existence, and allows them to become a part of something much bigger than themselves.
 
Produced by the National YoungArts Foundation