our latest dance film Freedom of the wilderness
is contemporary dance film inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The film has 5 movements featuring choreography by Jayne Paley, compositions by Jared Henderson and cinematography by Ashli Bickford and Nate Reininga. Each movement of the film pays homage to a different landscape in Oregon and embodies the wild spirit of the earth.
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meet the cast
Jayne Paley is a dancer, choreographer, registered yoga teacher, and expressive arts therapist. Jayne received her BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and is expected to receive her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. Jayne is interested in using the arts to explore the human condition and connection, as well as promote individual and social change.
Alexandra Tsubota is a dancer and choreographer working at the junction of art and environment. She aims for an interdisciplinary exploration of human relationships with nature, handling themes of consumption, resource use, and animal ethics. Alexandra received her BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she also received a BA in Environmental Studies. She currently works with Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental non-profit aiming to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.
Chuck Wilt is a NYC based choreographer, performer and certified GYROTONIC® teacher. He received his B.F.A in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Chuck founded UNA Projects in 2013 upon graduating from Tisch and has acted as Artistic Director and sole choreographer for the company. This year Chuck is a selected choreographic fellow for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Kyle Filley was born in San Diego, California. He received a B.A. in Psychology from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences and a B.F.A. in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Kyle danced with the Stephen Petronio Company for two years. While in Southeast Asia, through the historic Dance Motion USA organization, he was a part of many teaching experiences with disabled populations. He has assisted dance classes for the blind at the Lighthouse Guild in NYC. Kyle has danced with UNA Projects since January 2015.
meet the crew
Jared Henderson is from the small mountain town of Sisters, Oregon. He began playing bass at age 11, studying primarily with his father. In 2009 Jared received a full tuition scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. Jared has performed with artists including Danilo Perez, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Joe Lovano, Terrell Stafford, Julian Lage, Jason Palmer, Justin Faulkner, Christian Li, and Mike Bono. In 2016 Jared returned to Boston to pursue a Masters Degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He graduated in June 2017 and currently resides in Boston, performing, practicing and teaching.
Ashli Bickford is a cinematographer & editor living in New York City. She spent her whole childhood in the dance studio, and transitioned into film making when attending Emerson College in 2009. Since graduating with her B.A. in film production, Ashli has been fusing her love and knowledge of movement with film, working with a variety of clients including Teen Vogue, the New York Public Library, kate spade new york, Theater Development Fund, Nel Shelby Productions, and more.
Nate Reininga is a New Mexican living in New York City, on a mission to share stories and explore perspectives. With years of experience in both the commercial and independent film industries, Nate has developed an appetite for the bigger picture and a keen eye for detail. As a shooter, producer, editor, and visual artist Nate has worked extensively for companies including TIME, NowThis, Condé Nast, Mashable, and many more. He is also an avid pizza enthusiast, bike pedaller, and hip hop head.