Filmed in November of 2017, Minnewaska was made in response to the government initiative reviewing the necessity of as many as 40 national parks and monuments. We were exploring how we can create art that is in conversation with protected lands. While filming, the need for continued support for our country's national parks became clear, alongside the potential to make this project larger. Thus, Minnewaska gave way to the work and continued creation of Under Review, a three part dance film series that takes place in parks and monuments around the country.
On December 4, 2017, the President drastically reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah to allow for oil and gas development: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. This reduction puts 25 other national monuments and 40 national parks at risk for oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and commercial development. Through Minnewaska and Under Review I hope to draw attention to public lands that are under review for land reduction and commercial use.
Minnewaska first premiered at Arts On Site on February 17th, 2018 and will again be shown at Shorts Night Film Festival on March 17th, 2018.
Dancer: Jenna Saccurato
Director/Choreographer: Kelly Todd
Cinematographer: David Spadora
Music: Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin'' performed by Sarah Stanley
Minnewaska was made possible by Arts on Site Residency