dance film (in production)
Part dance film, part documentary, Black Stains depicts the reality of living while black in today’s society. Inspired by the personal experiences of collaborator Trent D. Williams, Jr., an African-American male choreographer and educator, the 20-minute film addresses the current racial climate by shedding light on damaging assumptions and the frequent pattern of racial profiling by the police. Interviews with black men encompassing a broad spectrum of age, background and experience illustrate personal human stories that bring abstract issues into sharper focus. Highly kinetic dance sequences bridge symbolic locations from a car garage to a chapel. Woven together the film persistently asks the question: why do we not see black men as human?
We are making this film because the content is relevant, necessary and urgent. It is one thing to hear about social injustice, it is another to see bodies traversing a deeply personal and emotional landscape through movement. A complex and sincere portrait emerges and counteracts the damaging clichés that institutional racism has relied on for 100’s of years. This is our contribution to the global conversation about race—to make us think about the cultural codes we follow, to consider the subtle and overt dynamics of racism, and ultimately acknowledge how we are all playing a role in the outcome.
starring: Jerel Hercules, Daniel Morimoto, larry rosalez, Esrom Williams, Jr., Trent D. Williams, Jr. and featuring interviews by Tarriq Lewis, Dr. Mikell Lynn Pinkney, larry rosalez, and Trent D. Williams, Jr.
Feature-length documentary (2016)
Southern Poverty Law Center, Social Justice Film Award
Outfest Film Festival, Special Programming Freedom Award
When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the perilous journey across the desert in search of the American dream. After 23 years growing up in the rural south as an undocumented queer man, Serrano is forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home. He sees only one option—to fight for justice.
Serrano’s story illustrates the intersection of queer and immigrant issues and offers a different vision for LGBTQ Latino youth who grow up in the rural south surrounded by white faces and homophobic attitudes. Serrano has found dead rats in his mailbox and white crosses on his porch, the threats are palpable and real. Coming to this country without papers (documentation) is not a criminal offense, and yet undocumented immigrants are routinely placed in detention centers, sometimes with their young children, where they face prison like conditions. With such a strong emphasis on education and upward mobility in the U.S., it shouldn’t take a young person like Serrano, who graduated at the top of his class, seven years to go to college.
dance film (2014)
From opulent drawing room to grocery store, Invisible Queens peers behind the image of domestic laborers to reveal human portraits of women whose work provides the backbone for our daily lives.
dance film (in post-production)
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dance films (2013)
Ballet's Child is the first work by the creative team of choreographer Donna Murray and poet Lani Scozzari with collaborative work by filmmaker Tiffany Rhynard. The poetry of Ballet's Child tells the story of a young girl, whom at age 7, was told to “lose five pounds” at an audition where she stood in a line of girls in black and pink. The journey told through words and movement is one of dysmorphia and complicated coping rituals while in pursuit of technical artistry. We follow the speaker through her darkest moments only to be lifted and touched by her strength, desire and empowered choice to live.
Documentary Film (2012), 52 minutes
Little House in the Big House takes you inside the gates of the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, Vermont where forty-five women build a single-family home from start to finish. Under the instruction of the tradeswomen's group Vermont Works for Women, these women find the tools necessary to build a house and construct a sustainable future. The documentary chronicles the process of building the second home in the program and features the stories of four women during their time inside prison and follows their progress after their release. Witness the significant triumphs and the harsh complications of trying to make lasting changes as the women navigate a faltering prison system. Little House in the Big House was the first documentary project for Rhynard and galvanized her desire to create films focused on social justice issues and draw attention to inequality in our communities. The documentary screened at festivals throughout New England and received best documentary at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival.
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This project is about people. It is about seeing, seeing beyond labels and yet recognizing the assumptions we habitually construct. The goal is to subvert our conventional notions of normal and expand our capacity to understand people.
See sampling of Rhynard's choreographic work for the stage.
music video, Corinne Danielle (2015)
Something Strange is a co-written song by Corinne Danielle and Manny Cortez and was produced by the talented Larry Luv. The video was shot in downtown Gainesville, Florida. Special thanks to Maude's Cafe and production assistants Itarah Godbolt and Larry Rosalez.
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