A Light In The Dark – Documentary

I’ve been documenting the making of the new story ballet A LIGHT IN THE DARK from Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos of Thodos Dance Chicago for nearly six months, and we’re less than a week a away from the preview performances at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (Saturday Feb 16th at 8PM).  The ballet re-imagines the early life of Helen Keller through dance, specifically focusing upon her relationship with Teacher Anne Sullivan, who helps Helen learn how to communicate despite being both blind and deaf. It’s powerful stuff, and this weekend’s preview performance, featuring Jessica Miller Tomlinson as Helen Keller, and Alisssa Tollefson as Anne Sullivan, should make be a spectacular evening of dance theatre.

The ballet is already getting some great pre-release press in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and the Daily Herald … but for more info and to see early behind the scenes rehearsal pics, definitely click on over to the Kai/Harding website asap, or check out our latest teaser footage below!

 

EMMY® NOMINATION for BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS!

BTWCL-EMMY-HeaderI’m proud to announce that my latest film BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS has just been nominated for an EMMY®-Award !  The film, which documents the creative process behind the Thodos Dance Chicago story ballet “THE WHITE CITY”, was nominated in the “Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Cultural” category.  The 54th Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards event recognizes excellence in broadcasting achievements for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012.

(Click HERE for the complete list of 2012 Midwest EMMY® Nominations!)

(Click HERE for upcoming broadcast and staging info!)

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BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS on PBS!

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Breaking News! My new Dance documentary featuring Ann Reinking, Melissa Thodos and the company of Thodos Dance Chicago premieres Thursday, February 23, 10:30pm on PBS-WTTW11!

Amost exactly one year ago, I began designing, producing, and directing FOURTEEN original short films for a brand new Thodos Dance Chicago’s  story ballet called The White City: The Columbian Exposition of 1893.  The stage performance (developed and choreographed by the always inspiring team of Artistic Director Melissa Thodos and Tony Award® winner Ann Reinking) received critical and audience acclaim, and was recently named Best Dance of 2011” by the Chicago Sun Times.

As part of the core creative team, I was neck deep in the production from the very beginning, and along the way I filmed the heck out of every free moment I had.  One year later to the day from when we began this process, I locked picture on a brand new documentary created from those hours of film,  which I call Beneath the White City Lights: The Making of an American Story Ballet.  For those of you in Chicago, I’ll be premiering the film on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:30 PM on Chicago’s WTTW11.

I’ll try to post more info soon, but for the latest information,make sure to visit http://blog.kaiharding.com.

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Karl Dahl @ 1 Reel Bumbershoot

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Attention all Seattle-ites!  Next stop on the KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE world tour is the 1 REEL BUMBERSHOOT FILM FESTIVAL September 3rd-5th!

WHAT: KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE at the 1 REEL BUMBERSHOOT FILM FESTIVAL
WHEN:  September 4th @ Noon

WHERE: Seattle Center – 305 Harrison Street,  Seattle, WA 98109

For more screenings, check out the latest schedules HERE, and we hope to see you in Seattle!

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Karl Dahl @ Sidewalk Film Fest!

Sidewalk-Logo-smallAugust is going to be a busy month for KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE !  Fresh off our Hollywood premiere, we’ll jet across the country to Birmingham, Alabama for the awesome SIDEWALK FILM FEST August 26th-28th! Considering that MovieMaker Magazine has called Sidewalk one of the “Top 25 Coolest film festivals”, we really hope you can come out for the fun!

WHAT: KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE at the SIDEWALK FILM FEST
WHEN:  Saturday, August 27th @ 10:30am

WHERE: McWane Science Center (Rushton Theater)  – Birmingham, AL

For more screenings, check out the latest schedules HERE, and we hope you can join us in Birmingham!

Karl Dahl @ HollyShorts Film Fest!

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HollyShorts 2011

I’m honored to announce that KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE is coming to HOLLYWOOD to screen at the HOLLY SHORTS FILM FEST this August 11th-18th!

WHAT: KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE at the HOLLY SHORTS FILM FEST
WHEN: Friday, August 12th @ Noon
WHERE: Laemmle Sunset 5 – 8000 W Sunset Blvd-Los Angeles, California 90046 
TICKET LINK: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1952161969

For more screenings, check out the latest schedules HERE, and we hope you can join us in Los Angeles… it’s going to be a BLAST!

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KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE – SCREENING SCHEDULE 2011

Hey there Karl Dahl fans! Here’s the official Karl Dahl and the Golden Cube screening schedule! Make sure to check here regularly for the latest updates:

JUNE 2011
Little Rock, Arkansas at the LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL
Screenings:
Thursday June 2nd @ 11:00am – Clinton Presidential Center
Thursday June 2nd@ 6:30pm – Riverdale Cinemas – 2600 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202
Saturday June 4th @ 10:00am – Riverdale Cinemas – 2600 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202

AUGUST 2011
Hollywood, California at the HOLLY SHORTS FILM FEST
Screening: Friday August 12th @ Noon – Laemmle Sunset 5 – 8000 W Sunset Blvd-Los Angeles, California 90046
(323) 848-3500

Birmingham, Alabama at the SIDEWALK FILM FEST
Screening:  Saturday August 27th @ 10:30am – McWane Science Center (Rushton Theater)

SEPTEMBER 2011
Seattle, Washington at the BUMBERSHOOT FILM FESTIVAL
Screening: September 4th @ Noon – Seattle Center

NOVEMBER 2011
Miami, Florida at the MIAMI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Screening: Sunday, November 12th @ 2PM – Miami Children’s Museum (980 Macarthur Cswy,  Miami, FL  33132-1604)
(305) 373-5437

Chris visits Little Rock’s ALICE 107.7FM!

alice1077logoREALLY looking forwards to chatting with Heather & DC of ALICE 107.7FM about KARL DAHL AND THE GOLDEN CUBE Thursday morning (June 2nd) at 9:30am! And don’t worry… If you’re NOT in Little Rock, you can still tune in from the web tomorrow LIVE via THIS LINK!

New Interview on THE ENTERTAINMENT CORNER!

I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with the amazing women behind THE ENTERTAINMENT CORNER  this past week, and the result is a pretty epic recorded interview, now available on their site!  Through the skillfull reporting team of Mireille Miskulin and Kristine Radford, we successfuly condensed a lifetime of design, experimentation, and filmmaking into one interview, and somehow STILL managed to connect the dots between my dance, animation, and digital interests, and how they led up to the upcoming Little Rock Premiere of KARL DAHL and the GOLDEN CUBE!  Big Thanks to Mireille and Kristine for inviting me, and I hope we get to sit down again really soon!

Check out the Interview HERE!

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