What a week in New York! Our world premiere at the Manhattan Film Festival was everything we hoped it would be. We were nervous about showing the film publicly for the first time ever, but thankfully we had Jagged members Jessica Anderson-Gwin, Kristin McKnight, and Venus Morales to keep the jitters at bay! Taking the red-eye together, we arrived in NYC ready for an epic weekend of NY sights and indie films. First on the agenda (after a real NY bagel of course), was a special presentation at the West 14th Street Apple store. Matt and Katie shared the process of editing the film on Final Cut X, providing their expert tips and tricks on workflow and creative process. Next up, the creative team got to enjoy the festival experience at Manhattan Film Festival. In its 8th year, the festival had a great intimate setting at the Quad Cinema, a family owned theater that specializes in indie films. We caught a few of the other films playing and made some new indie filmmaker friends. Festivals are a bit like summer camp, you get to know all these great people with the same passion you have. It’s energizing and inspiring to see others bring their creative visions to life. The big day came on Sunday, June 29th. There’s nothing like getting to see your film screen for the first time in a real theater. Red carpet, popcorn, a great Q&A, what more could we ask for. It was a dream come true. Afterwards, Body&Pole graciously hosted our after party in their aerialist’s dream of a studio. Jessica and Kristin preformed their award winning NAPA piece, which we could watch all day long. Thanks again to Jadi, Phillip, and all the staff who made us feel right at home. Our favorite part of the festival was getting a chance to touch people with the film. From festival goers to the owners of Foxy Fitness and Pole Training Studios who came out to the screening, we were over the moon to here how much the film reached others. It’s always been our goal with the film to show what pole dancing is really about. With this first screening, we did just that. Seriously, thanks again to everyone who made this trip incredible. Up next, we’re playing to the home crowd at the Topanga Film Festival on July 18th. Los Angeles get your tickets now we hope to see you there.
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6:00pm July 18th, 2014 at the Topanga Film Festival
The film follows Jessica Anderson-Gwin, a trained hip-hop and modern dancer with a unique vision of blending modern dance with aerial pole fitness. She forms the first ever contemporary pole dance company, Jagged, and with her new recruits pioneers a new dance genre.
From the technical hurdles of having special equipment not designed for most venues, to the constant emotional drain of defending her art to skeptics, Jessica confronts challenges most dancers have never faced. Yet whether delighting audiences with full-length dance shows or bravely competing on national television, with every performance Jessica and the ladies of Jagged defy expectations. OFF THE FLOOR is the timeless story of how passion and vision can change the world, one performance at a time.
We’re incredibly excited to announce the world premiere of Off the Floor at the Manhattan Film Festival Sunday, June 29th. Taking place at the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Manhattan Film Festival was named one of Moviemaker’s Coolest Festivals, which as you can imagine makes us feel pretty cool to be included. Along with the great location and stellar reputation, the festival’s grand prize is a week long theatrical run in NY.
Katie & Matt
Last weekend we saw Jagged perform their 3rd full length show. It was in every way the kind of performance that was uniquely their style. After learning a lot about the world of pole dance these last few years, there still isn’t a group we know about that is fusing modern dance and pole in this way.