Kate Geis Director, Producer, Editor
An Emmy-award-winning documentary producer, she began her career in New York producing programs for WNET, Channel Thirteen, History Channel, A&E, and Metro TV. Over the past 20 years her subject matter has been a diverse exploration of people’s lives: Saturday Night Live’s set design team, the last checker cab driver in New York, public school principals, Eric Carle, and Paul Taylor. She was introduced to ballet as a child going to the Kirov in St. Petersburg, Russia with her foreign-service parents. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Northwestern University. Previous dance projects include profiles of Miranda Weese, Albert Evans, Patrick Corbin, Terry Dean Bartlett, and Taylor 2.
Tom Hurwitz, ASC
Director of Photography
One of America’s most honored documentary cinematographers. Winner of two Emmy Awards, the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography, Hurwitz has photographed films that have won 4 academy awards and several more nominations (most recently for Dancemaker and Killing in the Name). His television programs have won dozens of awards, Emmy, Dupont, Peabody, Directors Guild and film festival awards for Best Documentary, over the last 25 years — most recently were Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Specials for the PBS show Jerome Robbins and the PBS series Franklin, on which Hurwitz directed the photography. Other award-winning films and programs that he has photographed include: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Harlan County USA, Wild Man Blues, My Generation, Down and Out in America, The Turandot Project, Liberty, Dolley, Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, for PBS; and I Have a Dream, for ABC; and Killing in the Name, and Questioning Faith for HBO. In addition, films that he has directed have won the Cine Golden Eagle (for Bombs will Make the Rainbow Break) and have been shown in festivals around the world. He is also a founding member of the faculty of The MFA Program in the Social Documentary, at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
With ballroom-dancing parents and a ballet-dancing sister, Robert Aberlin found himself loving ballet and modern dance from a young age. He has served as a board member of Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island and on the boards of several New York City dance companies—Paul Taylor and Think Dance, and acts as an adjunct adviser to Cora Dance. While working as a banker and then as the business manager and a teacher at a New York private school, he began making documentary films. He co-produced two award- winning documentaries, both of which appeared on WNET the New York City PBS station. “Lesson of September,” which explored how a New York school dealt with the trauma of 9/11, and “Broken Brotherhood,” in which men who attended Colgate University examine the decisions they made during the era of the Vietnam War through the prism of today. Aberlin has also been involved in producing several short pieces on film for The Paul Taylor Dance Company and for Poly Prep Country Day School where he presently works.
Robert Aberlin, Board Member, Paul Taylor Dance Foundation
who made this film possible
Production Sound Mixer
Director of Photography
Tom Hurwtiz, ASC
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Opening Title Animation
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