Movies by Movers-Featured Artist Talk & Screening #3

Presenting the films End of the Block, Finding My Feet, and In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ.

watch artist talk & screening #3

(Available beginning June 10, 7pm ET. Interview and screening will be available for one week only.)

End of the Block is a film that combines live dance with stickman animation to create a very compelling piece that illustrates the harsh realities of trying to go beyond your postcode and hints at the possibility of moving on to pastures new.

Finding My Feet—Still in the midst of rehabilitation, choreographer and dancer Omari Carter confronts his inability to move in ways that he once did. Through talks with cinematographer, James Williams, Omari presents his current discomfort with his current physical ability. Resulting in a docu-dance that explores the frustrations, doubts and struggle an injured dancer endures to find their feet again.

In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ—Unreleased. Currently finishing film festival run. 


Cara Hagan is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is informed by movement, words, digital space, contemplative practice, and community. Ms. Hagan has the pleasure of sharing her artistic pursuits across the United States and abroad. Most recently, Cara has set choreographic works on students at the UNC School of the Arts, Missouri State University, Roehampton University London, Gonzaga University, and on professional dancers at the DanceBARN Festival in Battle Lake, MN. Recent guest artist residencies include Thirak India (Jaipur), James Madison University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Bath Spa University, and DeMontfort University, among others. Further, Cara has made recent performance appearances at the Asheville Wordfest, the Taos Poetry Festival, the On Site/In Sight Dance Festival, Revolve Gallery Asheville, the Performática Festival in Puebla, Mexico, and the Conference on Geopoetics in Edinburgh, Scotland. In installation, Cara’s work has been seen at Art Produce San Diego, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Revolve Gallery Asheville, and at the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh. A recipient of several grants and awards, Cara received the “Best Southern States Documentary” award for her short film, “Sound and Sole” from the Southern States Indie Fan Film Fest in Biloxi, MS, in January 2019. She was awarded an artist residency at PLAYA Summer Lake for the fall of 2018 and an artist residency at Elsewhere Gallery for spring/summer 2020. She has been funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Forsyth County Arts Council, the Appalachian State University Research Council, the Cucalorus Festival, and the Dance Films Association, among other organizations. Ms. Hagan serves on the dance studies faculty at Appalachian State University, as well as serving as director and curator for ADF’s Movies By Movers, an annual, international dance film festival that hosts events at both the American Dance Festival and Appalachian State University. Cara’s creative work can be found in various publications, including literary journals Collective Terrain, Zocalo, Quill and Parchment, the Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing, and Headwaters Journal of Expressive Arts. Her scholarly publications can be found in the International Journal of Screendance, the Journal of Sustainability Education, Transmissions Journal of Media Studies, and in the book, Dance’s Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures, edited by Telory D. Arendell and Ruth Barnes. Currently, Cara is under contract to complete her first solo-authored book through McFarland Publishing.

Omari ‘Motion’ Carter is a screendance practitioner and lecturer based in London (UK) and, for the past decade, has been choreographing, teaching, and performing for music videos, film, television, and theatre. A first-class BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University led Omari to perform for 7 years in the West End and international touring productions of ‘Stomp!’.  During this time, Omari choreographed, directed, performed, and produced a varied reel of dance on film work with Screendance production company, The Motion Dance Collective, which he founded in 2011. As a director, videographer, and editor, Omari has created digital-dance and documentary content for Breakin’ Convention Hip Hop Theatre Festival (UK), Parkinson’s UK, Dance Woking, Akademi (UK), Calmer UK, National Centre for Circus Arts, Jason Mabana Dance, Pagrav Dance Company, and Mouvement Perpétuel (Canada). As an independent choreographer and dancer, Omari has created works for Google, Britain’s Got Talent, Weetabix, Stanton Warriors, Greenpeace UK, Diabetes UK, and ADAD (Association of Dance from the African Diaspora). A graduate from the world’s first master’s degree in Screendance at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), Omari is now an associate lecturer in Screendance at the University of East London, University of Lincoln, and LCDS. Currently, Omari is co-curator of Akademi Dance-Film Festival, Digital Creative for Pavilion Dance South West, on the event programming team for San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, and is soon to feature in the next edition of The International Journal of Screendance.

About This Event


June 17, 2021
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm