Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter Documentary Honors Legacy Of Martha Hill

“Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter – Official Trailer”

[New York, NY] – Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a visionary whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America.

In a career spanning most of the 20th century, Martha Hill became a behind-the-scenes leader of the dance world as the founding director of The Juilliard Dance Division, a position she held from 1952-85. Stylistically weaving together over 90 years of archival footage featuring Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and more, the film is a celebration of dance and an examination of the passion required to keep it alive. Miss Hill is also a remarkable chronicle of the tense battle over how the newly commissioned Lincoln Center would apportion coveted funding and rehearsal space between Hill’s Juilliard dance division and Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet.

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter Opens January 23 at Quad Cinemas in NYC
Q+A with filmmakers Greg Vander Veer and Vernon Scott following Friday & Saturday 7PM and Saturday & Sunday 4:30PM shows.
Opens February 5 in Spokane, WA and March 27 in Columbus, OH
On DVD and VOD beginning June 23.

Director Greg Vander Veer conducts lively interviews with Hill’s friends and intimates including key players across generations of dance history: Robert Battle (Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Charles Reinhart (former Director of American Dance Festival), premiere ballerina Heather Watts, Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), dance critic Deborah Jowitt and acclaimed choreographers Paul Taylor and Martha Clarke.

“Defiance [and] tenacity, animated Hill’s life, and it drives ‘Miss Hill’ forward, too. Archival footage distills the essence of a time when American concert dance, like never before, sought to comment on society rather than escape from it… We also get a thorough history of the Juilliard dance department, its initially groundbreaking curriculum of warring genres (ballet and modern dance) and its near-demise at the hands of George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, an episode in which matters of money, power, real estate, politics and national identity collide.”
– Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter
2014, 80 minutes
Directed by Greg Vander Veer
Executive Produced by Martha Hill Dance Fund
Edited by Elisa Da Prato
Cinematography by Peter Buntine
Music by Florent Ghys

More Info At: First Run Features

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