Red Earth Calling is a short narrative dance film that tells the story of young man who gets lost in the desert and becomes entranced by the spirit of the land.
Cast & Crew
Jennifer Jessum Director / Choreographer / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor
Jennifer Jessum is the Founder and Artistic Director of Flying Limbs Inc. Productions. An award-winning director, choreographer, producer, and cinematographer, Jennifer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree, in Film Production, from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts degree, in Dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has directed and produced shorts, features, music videos, PSAs and commercials. Her film and choreographic work has been commissioned and presented throughout the United States and abroad. Jennifer's visceral and dynamic shooting style, which she refers to as Kinema, is an innovative synthesis of dance, somatics, and film. Her two award-winning feature documentaries, HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE narrated by Martin Sheen, and Finding God in the City of Angels, have both received critical acclaim. Her short narrative dance film, Red Earth Calling, screened throughout the US, Europe, and Asia and won awards at the Maui Film Festival, the Eugene International Film Festival, the Moondance International Film Festival, the Toronto Independent Film Festival, Utah Dance Film Festival, and an Accolade. Her new film Sacred Hoop is currently in post-production.
Jillian Harris Producer / Assistant Choreographer / Female Lead
An Associate Professor of Dance at Temple University, Jillian Harris has had a distinguished professional career, touring nationally and internationally with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. She also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera world premiere of “Benvenuto Cellini” and played the feature role in the PBS broadcast of Della Davidson’s “Night Story”. A youngARTS award winner, Jillian has performed works by noted choreographers such as Doug Varone, Murray Louis, Laura Dean, David Rousseve, and Moses Pendleton. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has shown her work at venues like Joyce SOHO (New York City), Chi Movement Arts Center (Philadelphia), The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City), and Bravo Caffe (Bologna, Italy). Recent projects include Red Earth Calling (premiere 2015) and INVASION, an interactive movement installation. In addition to choreographing, Jillian maintains an active teaching schedule, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Temple University and conducting master classes in the United States and abroad.
Yebel Gallegos Male Lead
Yebel Gallegos is a dancer, teacher and choreographer originally from El Paso, Texas. He played an important role in the founding of Cressida Danza Contemporánea in Yucatán, MX. While in Cressida Danza he served as company teacher, rehearsal director, and as principal dancer for five years. In the US, he has performed with Dance Theatre X, Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks, and Nickerson-Rossi Dance. He earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the prestigious Delfos Dance Company’s school, the Mazatlán Professional School of Dance in Mazatlán, MX. Yebel has performed pieces from artists such as: Doug Varone (US), Twyla Tharp (US), Roberto Olivan (Spain), Michael Foley (US), Victor Ruiz (MX), Claudia LaVista (MX), Lourdes Luna (MX), Paula Gonzalez (Chile), Charles Anderson (US). Yebel has traveled as a performer throughout Europe and Latin America, and has taught dance throughout Mexico, Chile, and the United States. Yebel is currently in his second season with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
CHRISTOPHER B. FARRELL Composer, Production Assistant
Christopher B. Farrell is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of the critically acclaimed instrumental ensemble, the Rit Mo Collective. Christopher has scored music for film, television, modern dance, and spoken word poetry while touring domestically and abroad with the Rit Mo Collective, Trombo Piccolo, Ryan Tennis & the Clubhouse Band, and Suspicious Brown. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Temple University's Boyer College of Music & Dance and Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Christopher also works as a dance technique accompanist at the University of the Arts. Samples of his work can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/christopher-farrell-3 and www.trombopiccolo.com
Alvin Rangel 1st Assistant Camera / Lead Grip
Alvin Rangel began his professional career performing ballet and jazz in his native Puerto Rico. Currently, he is dance faculty at California State University, Fullerton. Rangel maintains an active schedule, teaching master classes and workshops across the country and performing his own choreography. His dance project, Tango Vesre [Inverted Tango] has received national and international recognition. For nearly a decade, he performed with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) where he originated roles and worked with Bill T. Jones, Bebe Miller, Dwight Rhoden, Donald McKayle, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Doug Varone, Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Kevin Ward. He also performed pieces by other leading modern dance choreographers. With DCDC, he participated in a documentary co-produced by PBS and American Dance Festival titled Free to Dance. As a dance educator, Alvin has conducted master classes and workshops in the United States, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Rangel continues to create choreographies for dance companies in the United States and Puerto Rico. He holds a B.A. in Secondary Education, English as Second Language from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught ballet, repertory and contemporary dance technique. Website: www.alvinrangel.net