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Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness

Meet the Filmmakers: Kristen Nutile and Tanja Meding
With Special Guest: Choreographer Sally Gross

Date: Monday, February 23, 2009
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway (between 37th and 38th Streets), 21st floor, Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00–6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM

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Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher

Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness
is an intimate documentary portrait about the life and work of the critically acclaimed New York based dancer and choreographer, Sally Gross, who has been performing for over 50 years. The film features excerpts from her work as well as interviews with dance critics, collaborators and friends. The film also captures Sally's unique history including her days growing up as a daughter of immigrants in the Lower East Side of New York City, her training with visionary choreographer Alwin Nikolais at Henry Street Playhouse, and her involvement in the legendary Judson Dance Theater. Now in her seventies, Sally still continues to choreograph and perform. Verite style, filmmakers Albert Maysles and Kristen Nutile follow this charismatic artist as she embarks on the unpredictable journey of creating a new work.

The film successfully premiered at the 2007 Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, had its US premiere at the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, played the festival circuit world-wide and was broadcast on Thirteen/WNET the summer of 2008.

ALBERT MAYSLES, Filmmaker and Cinematographer
Albert Maysles is a pioneer of Direct Cinema who, with his brother David, was the first to make nonfiction feature films where the drama of life unfolds as is without scripts, sets, interviews or narration. Together with his brother David, he made over 36 films, including What’s Happening? The Beatles in the USA (1964), Salesman (1968), Gimme Shelter (1970), Grey Gardens (1976), as well as the Academy Award-Nominated Valley Curtain (1973) plus five more films on the projects of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. In addition he worked on four documentaries for HBO of which Lalee's Kin was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001.

KRISTEN NUTILE, Filmmaker and Editor
Kristen Nutile is an independent documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York City. Kristen has produced, directed and edited eight documentary shorts, which have shown all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. She is the 2006 recipient of the Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking and has received two grants from the Jerome Foundation.

Tanja Meding started working in the film industry in her native Germany in 1996. Between 1998 an 2003 she was the associate producer for a world-traveled short feature collection at Ziegler Film, Berlin, working with well known filmmakers from around the world. Since moving to New York in 2003, Tanja has worked for Maysles Films as well as other independent productions. In 2007 she started producing award-winning choreographer-filmmaker duo ChameckiLerner and is currently working on three TV specials for National Geographic for Marabella Productions.


Mon, Feb. 23, 2009
noon - 2:30 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway between 37th and 38th Streets, 21st floor, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10018