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As a Harlem transplant, Pinderhughes recognizes that his presence in the historic neighborhood is “a complicated reality.” He recognizes that the same struggle with gentrification in Harlem is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Pinderhughes was raised.
We sat down with Samora to learn more about his most recent acclaimed album, The Transformations Suite, and his thoughts on art and activism.

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In anticipation of their forthcoming mixtape, #HAF2015 Artist Sammy Miller and the Congregation released the 1st track of the mixtape! Listen to it on Spotify by clicking the image above or here — it’ll get the party started! Be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates on their website as they’ll be touring around the country. For everyone in New York, the release party will be next Sunday, February 26th at The Woods, 8 PM. It’ll be quite a party.!


March 3-4 @ 8pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater

Eddie Palmieri is an incomparable performer and bandleader of some of the most energetic concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s history. This season, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award-winner continues his fast-paced career in Rose Theater for an 80th birthday blowout. One of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger, and composer known for skillfully fusing complex jazz harmonies with the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage and of various Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean fusions.

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The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance has announced a call for artists and all kinds of participants for the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll, in Washington Heights-Inwood and West Harlem, from West 135th to 220th Street, in June. The stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan from May 31 to June 30, 2017, with $1,000 goes to this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest winner, exclusive graphic representation on all publications throughout the month-long arts fest, and more!
The deadline is this Friday, February 24th, so check out the links below to find out more!

How To Participate >
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Contact with any questions.

February 21, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment




MoBBallet’s Roll Call is a list of professional black ballet dancers that today features 301 names and is growing as black ballet artists submit their names. The site also houses an E–Zine that features insights on issues affecting both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion –and a timeline that spans the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.



Initiative Creates a Shift in Perspective on the Current Conversation around Diversity in Ballet through Stories of Current and Past Black Professional Ballet Dancers

Dancer Theresa Ruth Howard announces the launch of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), a groundbreaking legacy project documenting and transforming conversations around black ballet artists. The initiative will focus on bringing visibility to the lesser-known history of black ballet dancers around the world through video profiles, essays and archival data which capture the artistry and humanity of black ballet dancers. At launch, MoBBallet’s website houses a community sourced Roll Call which lists the names of black ballet dancers past and present, a digital timeline that places historical moments in black ballet history next to key events in world history, and an E-Zine that sheds light on issues affecting the ballet community and society at large.


The recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, MoBBallet’s first anchor project, the Philadelphia Project, will document the stories of four Philadelphia trained black ballerinas— including Joan Myers Brown, founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!), Delores Browne from the New York Negro Ballet Company and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Coinciding with the launch of MoBBallet, founder Theresa Ruth Howard will serve as keynote speaker at Dutch National Ballet’s Positioning Ballet conference on February 11th, where she will officially introduce MoBBallet’s mission to promote larger discussions within the international dance community around the stories of black ballet dancers. A select group of leading artistic directors from America, Europe, Asia and Russia have been invited to attend the conference.

“Diversity in Ballet in America is a very specific challenge given our racial history” remarks Howard. “The histories and demographics of each of the companies that will be represented during Positioning Ballet are just as specific. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear what their issues are regarding diversity in the field.”

To date, MoBBallet has captured over 301 names to the Roll Call and calls for professional black ballet dancers not already on the list to add their names. MoBBallet’s archival information covers important moments in the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.


ABOUT MOBBALLET Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) is a non-profit organization that is building a digital archive where the history of blacks in professional ballet can be preserved. Founded by ballerina Theresa Ruth Howard, MoBBallet facilitates authentic dialogues on diversity, equality and aesthetics through workshops, panels and video profiles of both iconic and emerging black ballet dancers. The online archive provides timelines of important moments in the history of black ballet and juxtaposes them against key moments in world history. The Roll Call initiative is an ever-expanding list of black ballet dancers past and present –E-Zine brings visibility to issues that loom large in both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion.
ABOUT THERESA RUTH HOWARD Founder of MoBBallet, Theresa Ruth Howard is an expert and advocate on the issue of diversity in Ballet. She has sat on panels for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University, and collaborated with International Association of Blacks in Dance in the planning and facilitation of the first Ballet Audition for female ballet dancers of color. A former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, Howard has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a contributor to Pointe, Expressions (Italy), Tanz (Germany) and dance media publications, Howard has emerged as a clear and defining voice on topics such as body image and race. She holds more than 17 years of experience as a dance educator including Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School.

February 21, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, TECHNOLOGY, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 60th Annual Global Gathering Runs Friday-Tuesday January 6-10   Artists, Sessions and EXPO at New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square  More than 1000 Performance Showcases Dance, Music, Theater

APAPNYC 2017 Starts Today

Association of Performing Arts Presenters’

60th Annual Global Gathering Runs FridayTuesday January 6-10
Artists Speak, Sessions and EXPO at New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square 

More than 1000 Performance Showcases of Dance, Music, Theater and More at Venues around New York City

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) launches the world’s leading global performing arts convening and members conference (APAPNYC 2017) January 6-10, and its preconference January continues 6.  Many aspects are open to the public including most free preconference workshops and forums, daily live streamed conference plenary sessions featuring artists and leaders of culture, a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall Monday night, and performances of dance, music, theater and more at venues in and around New York.
The members conference opening plenary begins at 5:00 pm Friday,  and also includes an annual awards luncheon honoring awardees, including Laurie Anderson, Monday at noon, and the world’s largest live arts marketplace in the EXPO Hall. Celebrating its 60th year, the conference and gathering—themed FLOW—will draw 3600 performing arts professionals who contribute to the flow of creativity, business, and the dynamic thinking that will move forward the performing arts industry and the individuals who comprise it. Performing arts leaders, artists, managers, agents, presenters and other industry professionals from more than 30 nations and all 50 U.S. states are gathering now in New York City to discuss important trends in performing arts, explore challenges and opportunities anticipated for the future, and to conduct business by showcasing artists and connecting them to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.

WHEN:                 APAP|NYC 2017 is January 6 -10, 2017 (opening plenary begins at 5:00 p.m.Friday and the conference wraps at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday); the preconference continues January 6 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday). See all times and dates of events and EXPO Hours at
WHAT:                 Every January, APAP|NYC is where performing arts professionals gather to explore and present the best and newest of dance, music, theater—all disciplines and genres— at APAP’s annual membership conference and preconference. APAP|NYC features more than 1000 world-class artist showcases held around the city; an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, the world’s largest performing arts marketplace; dozens of professional development sessions, keynote speakers including well known and cutting edge artists and arts leaders; and preconference forums, many of which are free and open to the public.
APAP|NYC 2017 will bring together the artistry, industry and community of the performing arts to enhance the creativity, knowledge and experience of artists, agents, managers and presenters, and affirm the transformative power of the performing arts.  See more about the conference, #APAPNYC and APAP membership information is at APAPNYC is also an integral part of  January In NYC, the most comprehensive annual celebration of the performing arts around the globe and annual convergence of 12 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals. For 2017 event dates and descriptions of all 12 partnering events running between January 3 and January 22, visit
WHERE:               New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square.

Showcases take place at venues around the city. The media desk is at the Hilton, Floor 2.
WHY:                    APAP is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. More than 1600 APAP members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performing arts facilities, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, artist agencies, managers, touring companies, consultants and self-represented artists.

January 6, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURS, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , | Leave a comment

#Dance #APAP Elisa Monte Dance1/7 #Free Open to the Public *NYC


36th Pivotal Year Making New Partnerships and New Work to Pave the Way for a New Generation of Elisa Monte Dance

Elisa Monte Dance, an emotionally charged and highly acclaimed dance company that champions individuality, continues in it’s 36th Season under new directorship. Upon the retirement of 35-year founder and director, Elisa Monte, Tiffany Rea-Fisher has spent the first half of the season creating new work, defining a newer and edgier image, and working on a broad range of collaborations. The first of these collaborations with Chris Brubeck’s Band, Triple Play, will be showcased at APAP, the world’s premiere gathering of performing arts professionals, on January 7. During this showcase, Rea-Fisher will also present her newest evening length work, Things Past. 
Instrumental in defining American modern dance, Elisa Monte’s legacy is defined by the creation of a specific and stylized dance language. It is not a coincidence that Rea-Fishers first piece presented in the new year, encapsulates all that came before, but with a contemporary flair suited and relevant to today’s dancers and audiences. In the spirit of inevitable evolution, Things Past, first premiered for an intimate audience in May, exposes the human behind the performer. In accentuating a particular artist’s eccentricities and oddities, they become defined as building blocks to drawing our personal lineage and drawing roadmaps for what is to come. This work is also a direct reflection of new relationships forged between dancers and their new director, perhaps seeing them as different movers than they may have previously served as, and a chance to explore undiscovered or under-celebrated skills in a varied dance language.
“There is nothing more fitting than starting this new directorial season with Things Past, my first evening length work for the company,” explains Rea-Fisher. “The months following our 35thseason have been tremendous for us as a dance company. It has been a time of seeing each dancer through new eyes, learning key technique from the celebrated Monte repertory, and looking at ways to move and think differently. The new charge for the company is to cater to change, to new expectations and to the promise of progress.”
Lastly, musician Chris Brubeck, son of the acclaimed American jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck, celebrates his father’s famous “cool jazz” standards with working along side Rea-Fisher and her dancers. A collaborative work set to live music, this work pays homage to the Brubeck legacy and its famous compositions, and enlightens it for the present—mirrored in Fisher’s movement approach. In setting movement with a contemporary modern flair, incorporating jazz, line dancing and pedestrian movement, Blue Rondo, Memphis Hesitation, and Take Five are the musical landscape of a work that merges past and present, a company theme of 2017.
Things Past will be presented January 7 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Studio 4 at New York City Center.
The showcase with Triple Play, will be presented January 7 from 9:00-9:30 p.m. in Studio 5 at New York City Center.
This showcase is free to the public. New York City Center is located on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The studios are centrally located and accessible by the N, Q, R, W, F, D, E, A, B,C,D and 1 trains.


Founded in 1981, Elisa Monte Dance is hailed around the world for its visceral and sensual style and embodiment of diverse cultural influences. Based in New York City, the non-profit dance company actively tours nationally and internationally showcasing its distinctive cross-discipline style and bridging cultural barriers through dance. The company’s eight dancers rise to the creative challenge in an ecstatic display of physical prowess that gives life to an intense array of emotions. The company has taken a practical and integral approach to arts education, regularly teaching professional workshops and creative movement for K-12 schools as well as working with at-risk populations. The company recently developed an eight-week creative tools mentorship program in collaboration with Steps on Broadway. For more information visit

January 6, 2017 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

DESIGN A/D Design Show March 16 – 19, 2017 *NYC

WHAT: The Architectural Digest Design Show (at Pier 94) is a four-day luxury design destination for extraordinary residential and hospitality finds from over 400 brands. From furniture, accessories, lighting, and art, to kitchen, bath, building products, hardware and flooring, the show boasts offerings by both independent makers and established manufacturers. The experience includes insider access to seminar programs headlined by design world luminaries, as well as exciting culinary demonstrations, stunning installations, and VIP industry events, such as DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN (co-located at neighboring Pier 92).
On the Show floor:
MADE: Now in its 10th successful year, the juried MADE section is a resource for handcrafted, often limited edition or one-of-a-kind furnishings, accessories, and art pieces. More than half of the 2017 exhibitors are new to the show this year. Exhibitors include the nationally recognized designs of Pelle, Patrick Weder Design, Fort Standard, and Vetro Vero, as well as the emerging talents of JM Szymanskii, Topher Gent, A Space, Christopher Kurtz, John Sheppard, and more. 
SHOPS: The show offers a retail boutique of décor, gifts, tabletop accessories, objets d’art and more, available for immediate purchase from brands including Owen+Fred, Golden Doors Artisanal Food + Skin Care, Konsuk, Christophe Pourny, Rikumo, Big Picture Farm and American Design Club. 
REFRESH: Attendees will encounter an extensive collection of kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and premium building products from well established luxury brands, as well as up-and-coming manufacturers. This year’s exhibitors include Bosch, Gaggenau, Thermador, Baldwin, Benjamin Moore, Dacor, Miele, Scavolini, as well as Porcelenosa, Ronbow, Waterworks, Native Trails, Ammonitum and Cesar, among many others.
FURNISH: Exhibitors from across the globe will converge in FURNISH, an expanding assemblage of contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets and rugs, decorative accessories, textiles, and art. Attendees will discover great design for residential and commercial settings from companies that include: Ligne Roset, The New Traditionalists, Arther, Buster + Punch, Constantini, OrionHD, KOKET, Warp+Weft, and IMAESTRI, to name a few. For many of the international and emerging brands in this section, the show will be their only US exhibition for the year – making attendance a must for design lovers in search of something new and extraordinary.
The Jenn-Air Master Class Studio, which will be in a new location in the South Wing, will play host to exciting design talks. Here is a sneak peek at the programming:
On Thursday, March 16, Architectural Digest sets the stage with seminars tailor-made for the trade. This year’s keynote features Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley in conversation with a prominent celebrity designer. Top tastemakers and world-renowned designers will headline the weekend programming, Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19. Speakers and more details on the engaging design dialogues will be revealed closer to the show dates!
WHERE: Pier 92 + 94, 55th Street at the West Side Highway (12th Ave.), New York City
WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 10am-6pm — Design Trade & Preview Ticketholders 
Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18, 10am-6pm — Open to the Public. Sunday, March 19, 10am-5pm – Open to the Public
*VIP Preview Consumer Tickets on Thursday are available for $95. Admission is complimentary to the design trade with two forms of business credentials via online pre-registration; on-site design trade tickets are $30                                                                                                                                                       
Friday through Sunday, General Admission tickets are $30 online or $40 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit
A portion of ticket sales will benefit DIFFA (DESIGN INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION FIGHTING AIDS). 

December 24, 2016 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, GUIDES, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

CONFERENCES Theater Music Dance Arts APAP NYC 2017 Jan 3-10, NYC

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City Jan. 6-10. Preconference workshops and events, many of which are free and open to the public, take place Jan. 5-6. You will especially want to attend and cover plenary sessions, where major artists and leaders from arts, culture and other sectors will share their perspectives on conference themes and engage with the audience of local, national and global arts professionals. Please also spread the word early that plenaries are also live streamed.

APAP works to advance the global performing arts industry, and the annual conference offers one-on-one contact and shared experience and insights for members, the public, and the media. The event provides significant opportunities, economically and creatively, for the range of constituents comprising the performing arts presenting field. This year APAP|NYC will feature artists and arts leaders at the top of their fields; more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall.


The conference again provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions and solutions around pressing current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice—issues that have intensified since last January and that resonate throughout our communities in the U.S. and worldwide, fueling our collective need for innovation and creativity.


•The opening plenary Friday at 5:00 pm will include

welcome remarks from  Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP,

opening remarks from a nationally-known arts and cultural leader (to be confirmed),

followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robyn Archer, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council.

Panelists will include several dynamic thought leaders such as

Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles

and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.

An additional speaker will join the above to explore how artists and cultural leaders, in collaboration with agent/managers, presenters and other co-producers have the potential to serve as catalysts for positive community engagement that leads to social change and social justice.

•At the 9:00 am featured session Saturday, “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,”

Steven Tepper, dean of the new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU will lead a discussion

with digital media expert Michael Hawley and others to explore the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. (The institute at ASU is a think tank that brings high-powered creatives together to reconsider how we talk about the arts as a creative and innovative force.) The session is followed by breakout discussion groups.

•Sessions that tie to APAP year around programs, grants and resources, including:

oAPAP’s Building Bridges:  Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program, aimed at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies and how to affect social change in these troubled times

oThe Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL), a new tool and resource to support the process of identifying, booking and touring international artists

oA session on how to use marketing research to build arts audiences, including hints on designing and applying market research activities to arts organizations (based on The Wallace Foundation’s Building Arts Audiences initiative)

oSharing of experiences by members of the first cohort of APAP Leadership Fellows who reach across generations, gender, job sectors and other ways performing arts professionals identify themselves in the presenting field

•The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner to present at the Annual APAP|NYC Awards Luncheon the same day

•New this year, each plenary will open with a “creative moment,” a brief performance or guided creative experience that provokes, inspires or otherwise sets the stage for the conversation that follows (e.g. spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain before Friday’s opening plenary; and Heidi Latsky’s piece, “On Display,” with up to 50 dancers with disabilities strategically placed across the entrance area to the Saturday plenary session.

•Each year the popular, fast-moving pecha kucha-style plenary Saturday at noon features five ultra-creative artists that talk about their source of inspiration, their career arc, and their place in these challenging times.

APAP|NYC 2017 is a monumental gathering of performers, agents, presenters, producers and more, with great stories to tell and mesmerizing visuals everywhere you look.

Plenary and Featured Speaker Highlights:

•Taylor Mac whose recent work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” speaks directly to today’s headlines around equality, equity, civility and our fundamental human rights; his recent 24-hour marathon performance was featured in The New York Times, and he was recently reviewed by The  Guardian.

•Camille A. Brown, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which is recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues.

•Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, writer and tap dancer from New Jersey; at her TED Talk she said “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one”

•Paola Prestini, plays the German lieder and composed the new production of the opera “Gilgamesh”

•Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and media artist whose latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams, “Rules of the Game,” is in the midst of a global tour.

•Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance, and founder of Urban Bush Women dance company

•Jose Antonio Vargas, who started the platform called “Defining American,” and explores the question, “What does it mean to be American?” He is a Filipino immigrant who is gay, and thus has been through most of the identity battles

•Aaron Dworkin, dean, School of Music, Theater and Dance; University of Michigan

•Steven Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

December 24, 2016 Posted by | avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

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Creative Block: A New Bilingual Film
A short film about creativity: having it, losing it, and going the distance to get it back again.

Nicola Rose
New York, United States
$2,300 USD raised by 101 backers
27% of $8,500

flexible goal

a month left
Creative Block is a short film about creativity and what happens when we lose it. It’s about the distance we’ll go to get it back again, and the people we invest our trust in along the way – maybe to be disappointed, maybe to come out stronger at the other end.

I’m Nicola Rose, producer of Creative Block, and I need your help to finish my film. We’ve shot one day of principal photography in Paris, France, and now we have the rest to do in NYC. I hope you’ll consider helping me fund it.

Slideshow of our first filming day in Paris, Nov. 4, 2016

Creative Block: the story (in English and French) / Bloc et Blocage: L’histoire (en anglais et français)

A short film weaving surrealism into everyday life, Creative Block (French title Bloc et Blocage) introduces us to Claire, a young artist and puppet-maker in New York. One day, she suffers a huge rupture in her creative thought, leading to depression. She soon becomes convinced the only cure is the art of another: Thibaut, a figure skater in Paris. Spellbound by the artistry of this athlete she only knows from TV, Claire impulsively goes to Paris herself. There, she discovers the unexpected: Thibaut, too, is suffering from creative block. At that point, it’s up to Claire to find the road back to her own creativity: a road strewn with disappointments, revelations … and balloons.

Court-métrage bilingue mêlant surréalisme et sentiments du quotidien, Creative Block (en français Bloc et Blocage) raconte un moment important dans la vie de Claire, jeune artiste et créatrice de marionnettes vivant à Manhattan. La jeune femme réalise qu’elle souffre d’une grande rupture dans sa vie créatrice et que le seul remède est l’art d’un autre. Celui de Thibaut, un patineur artistique vivant à Paris. Bouleversée par la personnalité artistique de ce dernier qu’elle ne connait qu’à travers la télévision, Claire, n’écoutant que ses pulsions, se rend à Paris. Elle y découvre l’inattendu : Thibaut, souffre de son propre blocage artistique ! C’est dorénavant à Claire de trouver la route qui la ramènera à sa propre créativité : une route bordée de déceptions, de révélations… et de ballons.

About the Filmmaker

Nicola Rose is a producer, director and actress in New York City. She is the creator of the short form comedy webseries Callie & Izzy, about a girl with a puppet growing out of her hand (you can see a couple of her favorite episodes below). She is also the creator of a musical, Aisle Six, which premiered Off-Broadway at NYC’s Lynn Redgrave Theater in 2013. In addition, she works as a professional puppeteer in NYC, performing frequently for the New York  Public Library, American Scandinavian Foundation, children’s museums, schools and more. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris.

What we’ve done so far… and what we need now:

In November 2016, thanks to talented director Véronique Doumbé and a formidable production team in Paris, France, we shot the “French part” of our film! Needless to say, that was the most complicated part logistically (since I am based in New York). But from a technical standpoint, it was the simplest. That means the rest, the “New York part” of the film, is what will cost. We will need your help to cover the following:

  • Compensation of cast and crew
  • Equipment rental
  • Location rental
  • Construction and purchase of props
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Meals for crew and cast
  • Post-production (editing, color, additional after-effects, music, subtitling)

How you can help, and what you get:

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS! I’m serious: Every. Single. Dollar. I’ve learned this from running (and donating to) prior campaigns. If you want to donate, but can only donate one dollar or euro, DO IT! It will pay for several minutes at a location; several batteries for equipment; postcards for publicity; part of a prop; a small portion of work from a crew member… you get the idea. EVERYTHING you donate will ease the burden on our producer (aka me) ;), and you’ll be helping us to make a better film that YOU, with any luck, will love.

I’ve paid personally for what we’ve done so far, and I’d gladly do the same for the rest – but I can’t. 🙂 And that’s why I need you.

Please see the sidebar for the perks your donations will get you. I had fun thinking them up, and I hope you’ll enjoy receiving them as well!

What’s next?

Once financially able, we will begin shooting our New York scenes, which make up the majority of the film. We aim to finish production by mid-2017 and post-production later in the year, so that with any luck, the film will be finished and en route to festivals before 2018. Meanwhile, I am maintaining a “making-of” Tumblr about the film, which you can follow at


Thank you! / Questions?

First of all, thank you for reading this far! If you’ve done so, that means you’re at least considering us. Second of all, thanks for listening — for being curious, and for considering this little film about creativity, depression and balloons. We hope you donate, but even if you don’t, we’re honored you thought of us.

If you have any questions at all, please email me at






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Special Thanks in Credits
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Special Thanks/Exclusive Card
All of the above, plus an exclusively designed Creative Block thank-you notecard.
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Special Thanks/Extra Goodies
All of the above, plus an exclusive Creative Block balloon and a DVD of the film.
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All of the above, plus a personalized video thank-you from Nicola, an official film poster, and credit as a Co-Producer.
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All of the above, plus credit as Producer and an official “making of Creative Block” scrapbook.
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Executive Producer
All of the above, plus a copy of the script and credit as Executive Producer.
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December 17, 2016 Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE : Floor Friends/ Sarah Chien, Ethan Meigs + Dinner 12//17 * Brooklyn, NY

This Saturday at 7:30pm, Sarah Chien be showing a new improvised duet called “Tethered” and it would mean so much to see you there!
She hasjoined forces with fellow improviser Ethan Meigs, and they are exploring the duality of structure- how it can both restrict and liberate us. There’s a certain magic that happens when we’re in the space together- and we all hope you can come witness it!
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Brooklyn Studios for Dance, where I’ve been teaching this fall, is organizing this incredible hybrid evening that includes an improv jam, a dinner and an improvisationally arranged showcase of work by 12 artists. Our duet will be part of the performance portion of the evening (starting around 7:30), but you are welcome to come earlier and join us in all of the festivities starting from 5pm.
Dinner is included in the $10 admission (whaaat?!). No reservations, just show up!
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If you’re not free on Saturday, they will be doing a preview performance on Tuesdayat 7:30 pm at The Woods Cooperative, 1826 Palmetto. #1 in Ridgewood. I believe its free as part of Dance to the People’s Holiday Partylet-light-in-12-17-sarah-chien
They are so excited to showing this work at such welcoming, community-focused spaces. You’ll be welcome too!
– Please support Sarah and her wonderful choreography. We Recommend it!
Sarah Chien

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December 13, 2016 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Submissions for Playwrights of Color!Dec 1 Deadline

2017 POCS Submissions

Quick Silver Theater Company’s

open (Blind) playwright submission process has begun.

The deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2016

For the second year in a row,

Quick Silver Theater Company has commited to the development of emerging playwrights of color.


Our Playwrights of Color Summit will offer three select playwrights a week long retreat in Geneva, NY.  Playwrights will receive a stipend, room and board.  A director and cast will be selected to work alongside each playwright.


Here is an opportunity to engage with like minded artists in an easeful environment.  A script in hand reading of your work will be presented at the end of the week followed by a skillfully guided talk back open to the  community of Geneva and your peers.

QST’s hosting campuses of Hobart and William Smith Colleges are just a stones throw away from Seneca Lake.  The peaceful environs of Geneva will spark your creative juices.   A secluded yet inspiring work space on the campus will also be provided.

Become a part of the annual process.

It’s all about the words.  Invigorate, Educate and Generate conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

This amazing experience should not be missed.

November 29, 2016 Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NYC High School Students: Submit Dance Films for an Opportunity to Screen at Dance on Camera Festival! APPLY BY JANUARY 15


NYC High School Students: Submit Dance Films for an Opportunity to Screen at Dance on Camera Festival!


Submissions are now open for Capturing Motion NYC, Dance Films Association’s annual workshop series and dance film competition for students!

High school students from any of NYC’s five boroughs may submit dance films between 1-5 minutes in length. Our call for submissions will be open until January 15, 2017. Finalists and the winning film will screen at the 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (February 3 ‒ 7,2017) co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, DFA will partner with Choreoscope International Dance Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain to present the Capturing Motion NYC winning film.

Films should be between 1-5 minutes in length and feature dance as the main component. We accept dance films of all genres that address the relationship between dance and the camera. Any subject may serve as inspiration: social or street dance, dance in religious settings, professional dance, or non-dance images filmed so that they evoke dance, choreography, and movement in imaginative ways.

Click below to view the guidelines and submit films by 11:59PM EST on January 15, 2017. Email with any questions!

Bring Capturing Motion NYC to your school or organization!
Schedule a dance film workshop, master class, lecture, or screening led by an industry professional.
Dance Films Association works with high schools, after school programs, and arts organizations to program dance film workshops, master classes, lectures, and screenings led by industry professionals. In past years, we’ve collaborated with The Beacon School, Brownsville Academy High School, and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and with organizations such as Dancewave, the New Museum, and Abrons Arts Center.

See examples of past Capturing Motion NYC programs on our websiteand email to learn more!

Learn More
Dance Films Association receives generous support from our members and MINDBODY, CORE™, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Jody and John Arnhold, Dance and New Media Foundation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Materials for the Arts. To support Dance Films Association and learn more, visit
Photos (top to bottom):

Still from THIS TOWN, 2016 Capturing Motion NYC Winning Film
Dir. Alexus Getzelmen, Tillie Simon, and Isabelle Sturges

Behind-the-scenes video from the YAK Films-led ChoreoCollective workshop at Abrons Arts Center, Spring 2016
Video by Brighid Greene

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Dance Films Association
252 Java Street Suite #333
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 505-8649
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November 29, 2016 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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