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New Kinetic Light Film Premieres May 11 on ALL ARTS TV/Online

New Kinetic Light Film Premieres May 11 on ALL ARTS TV/Online


Kinetic Light


Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 8:00pm



Kinetic Light


-- New Documentary-Dance Film Is Part of ALL ARTS Past, Present, Future festival -- 


April 20, 2021 (New York, NY) – Kinetic Light announces the premiere of the new documentary-dance film One + One Make Three -- featuring dance artists Jerron Herman, Laurel Lawson, and Alice Sheppard -- set to air May 11 at 8pm EDT as part of the ALL ARTS Past, Present, Future festival. This experimental film, directed by Katherine Helen Fisher of Safety Third Productions, takes audiences behind the scenes, into the studio, and into the air with acclaimed disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light as they create Wired, an aerial dance work. One + One Make Three will premiere on WNET and multiple accessible versions will be available online (https://allarts.org).

One + One Make Three embraces and integrates access for both broadcast and virtual presentations. The ALL ARTS broadcast version of One + One Make Three includes American Sign Language (ASL) by artist and interpreter Brandon Kazen-Maddox, open captions, and optional enhanced audio description by Cheryl Green and the Kinetic Light artists. Four different accessible versions of the film will be available online (details below). 

Kinetic Light’s ongoing research and development of aesthetic artistic accessibility can be flexibly experienced in this film through two streams of ASL interpretation, multi-voiced enhanced audio description, and integrated open captions. Kinetic Light crafts these access approaches as an integral part of the company’s art, in collaboration with other disabled artists and community members. Access offerings are intentionally designed to be as challenging, provocative, and beautiful as the art itself.  

“We are incredibly pleased to share One + One Make Three with the world, and Kinetic Light is honored to be featured in the ALL ARTS Past, Present, Future festival,” commented Alice Sheppard, founder and Artistic Director of Kinetic Light. “Access is art. It is integral and essential to our work and the world. I am so grateful to the entire Kinetic Light team, to fellow artists Laurel Lawson, Jerron Herman, Michael Maag, to our film director Katherine Helen Fisher, and to the many, many collaborators who made this film possible.”

For the inaugural year of the Past, Present, Future festival, ALL ARTS invited three choreographers to partner with filmmakers of their choice and produce films exploring what past, present, and future mean to them and their work. In addition to Kinetic Light’s One + One Make Three, the festival also includes Kyle Abraham’s If We Were a Love Song and Pam Tanowitz’s DANCERS (Slightly Out of Shape), which premiere May 9 and 10 respectively at 8pm EDT on ALL ARTS. In consultation with the Kinetic Light team, ALL ARTS decided to make the entire festival accessible by including captions and audio description for all films, and ensuring that marketing efforts are also accessible. 

Notes Diane Masciale, Co-Executive in Charge of ALL ARTS: "As with the other choreographers ALL ARTS invited to participate in the Past, Present, Future festival, Kinetic Light was selected because of the undeniable impact of their work. In addition to being blown away by the film that was created, we are grateful for the crucial role Kinetic Light has played in advocating for the entire festival to be more accessible. They've inspired and guided us in establishing new practices for increasing the accessibility of the other films in the festival and future programming on ALL ARTS.” 

One + One Make Three was filmed in 2020 during a bubble residency at Z Space in San Francisco, CA, while Kinetic Light continued developing their latest work, Wired, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Wired is an immersive work that explores the gendered, raced, and disability histories of barbed wire and traces the fine line between “us” and “them.” In the film, dancers partner, spin, and soar as they reflect on art, dance, and disability as a creative force. Kinetic Light artists Herman, Lawson, and Sheppard are the featured on-screen performers and interviewees, and were integrally involved in creative and access development. For Wired, Kinetic Light has collaborated with The Chicago Flyhouse, Inc. for rigging and Adrenalin Dreams for bungees. 


Film Details 

One + One Make Three will air on ALL ARTS on May 11 at 8pm EDT (check local listings) with ASL and Open Captions and optionally available Enhanced Audio Description.

The film will be available online at https://allarts.org/programs/past-present-future/

The film is available in four versions online: ASL + Open Captions + Audio Description; ASL only;  Open Captions + Audio Description;  and Open Captions only.  An audio file of Audio Description and transcripts will also be available. 



One + One Make Three Film Collaborators

Kinetic Light Artistic Director: Alice Sheppard

Film Director: Katherine Helen Fisher

Artists: Jerron Herman, Laurel Lawson, Alice Sheppard

Choreographer: Alice Sheppard

Choreographic Collaborators: Jerron Herman, Laurel Lawson

ASL Interpreter, Deaf Culture Consultant; Subtitles: Brandon Kazen-Maddox

Film Production Company: Safety Third Productions 

Producer: Shimmy Boyle 

Director of Photography: Devon Donis

Archival Producer: Caroline Haydon

ASL Director of Photography: Joe Foley

ASL Gaffer: Quinton Carr-Goodwin

Acrobatic Rigger: Catherine A. Nelson

Creative Director: Alice Sheppard

Director of Access Design: Laurel Lawson

Audio Describer: Cheryl Green

Augmented Audio Description: Kinetic Light Artists

Deaf Culture Consultant: Mel Chua

Subtitles: Body Language Productions

Score Composer & Performer: Vanessa Gould 

Editor, Grid Concept Designer: John Walter

Theatrical Lighting Design: Colm McNally

Title Design: Emily Kwong

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