SSF @ Jack’s Solar Garden: Locals’ Night

an in-person, outdoor screening celebrating Colorado dance filmmakers

Locals’ Night

  • October 15, 2021 (rain date October 16)
  • 7pm parking opens, 7:30pm screening
  • tickets: $20 per vehicle
  • bring a blanket or camping chair

a light skinned man and a dark skinned man lean into each other in a field

Join us for our second ever “locals’ only night”…and this time it’s at the farm! Colorado films of many kinds will light up the screen at Jack’s Solar Garden as we huddle up with our blankets and camp chairs to enjoy an evening under the stars. Films in this lineup represent the diverse dancers of the Front Range, of various ages, abilities, and styles. Companies represented include Boulder Ballet, 3rd Law Dance/Theater’s Dance for Parkinson’s, and Evolving Doors Dance, plus many independent artists.

Jack’s Solar Garden is an agrivoltaic farm producing solar energy as well as crops, housing research, and engaging the community in Longmont, Colorado. SSF’s Artistic Co-Director Michelle Bernier has been the Artist-in-Residence at Jack’s this season, and some work included in the program will represent the culmination of her residency on the farm with local youth and professional dancers. All these films are making their SSF debut, and tickets should be purchased in advance.

Jack's Solar Garden logo
Jack’s Solar Garden
8102 N 95th St
Longmont, CO 80504

Accessibility: close parking, no inclines, but a gravel lot, restroom (port-a-potty), not wheelchair accessible.

program of films

This screening runs approximately 70 minutes.

many young dancers in a line making eye contact, alongside a solar panel array


2021 / United States / 3 min

Directed by Michelle Bernier
Choreography by Michelle Bernier and the performers
Music composed by Dave Willey
Cinematography by Michelle Bernier
Edited by Michelle Bernier
Dancing by workshop participants at Dance+Film+Kids@Farm, our 2021 Youth Workshop Series

A film created as a part of Michelle Bernier’s 2021 Artist Residency at Jack’s Solar Garden, this film features young dancers from the Front Range of Colorado who were participants at our summer dance film workshop series. This piece was created from workshop footage of movement crafted by the dancers themselves, with the prompt to embody the principles of agrivoltaics that make Jack’s Solar Garden work.

screen shot of many dancers over a zoom call

Five Lives

2021 / United States / 7 min

Directed by L. Ashwyn Collins
Produced by 3rd Law Dance/Theater
Choreography by Katie Elliot, Laura Hymeres Treglia, Lisa Morgan, Sarah Leversee, Sharon Wehner
Dancing by 3rd Law Dance Theater’s D4PD Program, Ormao Dance Theater’s D4PD Program, Moving Through Parkinson’s, Reconnect with Your Body – A Program of Art as Action, Rhythm and Grace, sponsored by the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies
Cinematography by L. Ashwyn Collins

A short film featuring Dance for Parkinson’s Programs around Colorado. To stay connected despite the pandemic, the director of each group created movement inspired by a stanza of a poem. The sixth stanza was used to bring everyone together in the virtual landscape. The film is a movement compilation of how we adapted and flourished in these times.

a pair of legs in jeans and clogs on a dirty barn floor


2021 / United States / 5 min

Directed by Kristen Jorden
Choreography by Nic Gareiss
Dancing by Kristen Jorden, Herbert Poppe
Music composed by Laurel Premo
Cinematography by Noel Jorden
Edited by Kristen Jorden

A bored young woman helping her dad with chores finds she can’t keep from dancing, despite the risk of getting in trouble. When she finally gets caught, dance once again saves the day.

an Asian American dancer in a black top stares at the camera

The Wanting

2021 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Claudia Anata Hubiak
Produced by Mark Ragan
Choreography by Claudia Anata Hubiak
Featuring The Anata Project
Dancing by Kelsey Byrne, Julie-Ann Gambino
Music composed by K.W.E.S.T.
Cinematography by Ray Bailey TV

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The Wanting uses themes of abundance to make a playful statement on desire and the human impulse we all share to fill our own emptiness.

a light skinned man and a dark skinned man lean into each other in a field

EntangleMEN: From the Dugout

2021 / United States / 22 min

Directed by Helanius James Wilkins
Produced by Helanius James Wilkins, Watcheye Studios
Choreography by Helanius James Wilkins with Avery Ryder Turner
Dancing by Avery Ryder Turner, Helanius James Wilkins
Music composed by Carlos D. Flores
Filmmaker: Carlos D. Flores

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EntangleMEN: From the Dugout centers on a male duet exploring coexistence through an exhaustive collision course of in-between states. Wheat fields, spillway infrastructures, and baseball dugouts on indigenous territories of Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations set the scenes for this viscerally charged work. (This work is also a component of the evening-length live performance project The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-Body Belonging.)

a dancer sitting in a chair touches the head of a dancer sitting at her feet

Under Grace

2021 / United States / 10 min

Directed by Kris Jobson, Celia Grannum Perarnaud
Produced by Celia Grannum Perarnaud
Choreography by Celia Grannum Perarnaud
Dancing by Kelsey Byrne, Hannah Cardoza
Cinematography by Kris Jobson, Davis James

Picking up the pieces of a puzzle which was scattered through the timelines of two entangled lives, Under Grace dances the viewer through different dimensions, inviting them to dive into an intimate portrait of a relationship long lost to memory and the wind.

a caramel-skinned man stares into the camera with elbows lifting beside him

Coil & Web

2020 / United States / 9 min

Directed by Gretchen LaBorwit
Produced by Evolving Doors Dance
Dancing by Erika Curry-Elrod, Hanna Ghadessi, Gretchen LaBorwit, Samantha Lewis, Kat Kalamaras, Angie Simmons, Alfred Smith, Victoria Stone
Music composed by High Fiction
Movement Invention by Angie Simmons
Music Direction & Editing by Amy Shelley

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Bodies swirl and shift through Coil & Web, navigating natural elements and internal landscapes, contemplating the accelerating disconnect and the unseen entanglement of life forces on our planet. At the core of our being lies a code that defines us, a script that writes our story and interweaves our lives with others, making it evident that, even at our basic genetic level, we are 99.9% alike…more alike than we are different. This internal connection expands from living being to living being, creating an invisible web that is imperceptible to measure, yet omnipresent. Coil & Web journeys to a place where pushing past the noise and tuning in to a deeper connection aligns us on the same frequency, spiraling towards oneness and turning away from division.

aerial view of Jack's Solar Garden, a working farm with a solar array


2021 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Michelle Bernier
Choreography by Michelle Bernier and the performers
Dancing by Jun Akiyama, Keith Haynes, Elena Kramda, Alberta Shulman, Mary Willmeng
Music composed by Dave Willey
Cinematography by Jesse Rarick
Edited by Michelle Bernier

A film created as a part of Michelle Bernier’s 2021 Artist Residency at Jack’s Solar Garden, this film explores ideas of growth, resiliency, sustainability, efficiency, and community.