Panel Discussion with Screendance Festival Leaders & Artists

Sunday, June 27 @ 2:00 PM ET on Zoom

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Join Cara Hagan, Jennifer Scully-Thurston, Autumn Mist Belk, and Robin Gee for a discussion about all things screendance in this moment. 


Jennifer Scully-Thurston has weaved her way around the Dance, Movement and Arts worlds her whole Career. She has traveled the world in Off-Broadway shows and small contemporary companies, taught in higher education and found her voice again as “Dancer with An Attitude” writing Dance, Theater and Book reviews. Her work caught the attention of the Dance Critics Association and their 2011 Emerging Writer Award. She brought her movement expertise to the world of animation and film with Grasshorse Studios and continued honing her administrative chops with Core Dance, a small but prolific internationally touring dance co. based in Houston & Atlanta. 

Today she is bringing her skills, dance and music to the public school system through NC Arts in Action  (NC AIA) whose program is active in 14 Title 1 schools across the state, helping under-served children reach their full potential. In October 2019 she rolled out FilmFest by Rogue Dancer (FFXRD), a monthly on-line Film Festival devoted exclusively to Dance. She stays creatively active as a dance filmmaker, curator and video installation artist. Her works have been presented at ADF Movies by Movers, DepicT!, Frame X Frame, ScreenDance, Film-Art-Dance on Screen, EnCore : Dance on Film and Dans Kamera Istanbul to name a few. Her ongoing collaborations include works with her husband Christopher Scully-Thurston (Composer), HyMettus Woods.  

… Momentum is growing in pulling all of her disparate dance endeavors together through Rogue Dancer Productions. 

Autumn Mist Belk earned her B.A. studio art from the University of Alabama and her M.F.A. in dance from the University of Maryland. She is, at her heart, an educator and is a professor of dance and yoga at NC State University. As an artist, she is constantly aiming to find ways to bridge the visual art and movement art worlds to produce meaningful artistic experiences for audiences and creators. Autumn founded the multimedia dance group Code f.a.d. Company in 2008 and has spent the years since happily collaborating with the best dancers one could ever hope to find. Autumn’s choreography has been presented throughout the United States and in Hallein, Austria, as part of the international artist festival Schmiede. Autumn also directs FAD: Film-Art-Dance Festival, which includes curating FAD Collections – educational programs of dance films complete with lesson plans and learning objective-driven activities for K-12 classrooms. Her own dance films have screened in festivals around the world, and she has been chosen to participate in artist residencies (making dance films) in Italy, Iceland, and Austria. Autumn was honored to be selected as the 2016 winner of the National Dance Society’s Dance Promotion in the Community Award and as an inductee into NCSU’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2015. In the years ahead, Autumn plans to continue creating her own artistic work, increase the reach of FAD Collections to help grow the audience for screendance, and inspire future artists and art supporters through her teaching.

Robin Gee is a choreographer and filmmaker specializing in African, Caribbean, and Modern dance techniques. She is an Associate Professor at UNC Greensboro where she teaches African and Contemporary dance as well as Composition and Screendance courses on both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Her choreographic works have appeared in the North Carolina Dance Festival, Dumbo Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as resident works mounted on various colleges and universities around the world. She is the recipient of the West African Research Association’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship in African Research, the Central Piedmont Artist’s Hub Grant for her work on Mande CultureShe is most recently the recipient of the Fulbright Scholars Award for her work on Urban Griots: R(e) Imagining the Word, studying griot cultures in Mali and Burkina Faso. She is the recipient of the American Association of University Women’s Post Doctoral Research Award for her work on The Mande Legacy, a dance documentation project for which spent six months in Guinea. In 2006 Ms Gee also formed her own company Sugarfoote Productions, a multipurpose service organization designed to expose communities to the myriad expressions evident in African art and to help local audiences experience the richness of African and Diasporan cultural traditions. Sugarfoote also co-produces the Greensboro Dance Film Festival, a boutique dance film festival screening films from around the world. Ms. Gee’s own dance films have currently screened in 27 film festivals worldwide including but not limited to: ADF Movies by Movers;  Screen Dance International; Aphrodite Film Festival; Indie Boom; Global Film Festival; Central States Indie Fest; L.I.M.P.A Festival; Adirondack Film Festival; Festival International Videodanza; Movimiento de Movimientos; CKF International Festival; PRISMA Dance Fest; Independent Shorts Awards; Frame x Frame Film Festival; Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne, Dance Camera West: Scripted and Screening: The Dancing Body Politic: (LA), NCDF Moving Movers, Screendance in the Landscape (Scotland); Studio Faire Artists Residence Program (France).

Greensboro Dance Film Festival




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.