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The unknown story of Martha Hill- a courageous woman who fought for over 70 years to establish Modern Dance as a legitimate art form.
126 backers pledged $11,078 to help bring this project to life.

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Your personal copy of Miss Hill!!!!


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Special Gala Screening!

We are hosting a private Special Gala Screening (yes another fundraiser) on December 2nd and would like to invite you to be the first to view the completed film!!!


Tickets are $100  to our Special Screening and Awards Gala to be held on Monday December 2nd at The Beatrice Theater at the School of Visual Arts, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) in New York City.

Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with wine, soft beverages and a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres. At 7:15 p.m. guests will be called to the theater where the private screening of our completed documentary film, MISS HILL, Making Dance Matter, will take place along with the presentation of the Young Professional Award to Christian Griggs-Drane as well as a special acknowledgement to our founding members. The evening will conclude with a delicious Champagne toast and dessert. Dress is “festive”.  If you would like to attend the Screening and Dessert only you may arrive at 7:15 - Cost is $50

Getting to The Beatrice Theater by subway: C & E (IND Line) at 23rd & 8th Avenue Getting there by bus: M20…Northbound on 8th Avenue M11…Southbound on 9th Avenue M23…23rd Street Crosstown (east and westbound)

Nearby indoor parking garages include: Kinney and Quik Park…235 West 22nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues) Efficient Parking…170 West 23rd Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will not be sent. Your name(s) will be at the hospitality counter for check-in.  Tickets may be purchased online at:

Or please call (212) 247-2564 or e-mail: (Ernesta Corvino) if you would like to attend, or if you need additional information We look forward to your participation! Sincerely,

Vernon Scott President, MHDF

Special Private Gala Screening!

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Going strong!


We are pleased to report that we have had another successful week and are getting closer and closer to our goal! Thank you for all your support! 


Because of everyone's efforts in sharing our campaign, we are expanding our audience and finding all of the hidden Martha Hill lovers from around the world. Please continue to help us by sharing on your facebook page, sending out emails to those who may be interested and also just talking about Martha Hill to anyone who will listen!  


We are looking at ways at creating rewards that are directly geared to the dance community and would greatly appreciate any type of donation that we could then offer as a reward. This could include tickets to an upcoming show, gift certificates to a dance, yoga or any other type of class, or anything else that you think could help us attract more donors. Also, these rewards do not have to be New York based, as an interesting reward from a different city or country could help spread the word in that particular area. 


Here is a brief statement from Ethel Winter. Ethel, who passed away last spring,  was a board member of the Martha Hill Dance Fund and a great friend of Martha Hill. This a clip of unedited footage from her interview. 

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Great Start!

Hi Everyone! 

We are thrilled with the results of our first week of the Miss Hill kickstarter campaign. It is extremely inspiring to see people from around the world help us tell this important story.  The best part of the process is that we are really just riding the coattails of Martha Hill because she spent her entire life building this community and everyone who has donated has been either directly or indirectly influenced by this incredible woman. 

It is important to realize that this film is truly a community effort, literally hundreds of people have been supporting the project for  10 years and now kickstarter gives us the chance to go beyond this core group and reach out to those still unaware of our efforts.  So if you have already donated, thank you so much, but now we just ask one more favor-- please help us spread the word. We need every dancer, dance company, dance department and dance lover in the world to know the huge impact Martha Hill has made on the field and how through her self-less dedication to the art form, we all have benefited. If everyone of her students and students' students and students' students' students gave just one dollar, we could complete this film tomorrow !

 To encourage this type of support, we have added a $1 pledge, and although we certainly appreciate larger donations, we wanted to offer an opportunity for everyone to become involved in this process. 


  We also are very pleased to announce that last week Miss Hill participated in the prestigious IFP Independent Film Week.  We had several meetings with Industry leaders and so while we raise money here, we are also actively engaged in discussions about the potential theatrical, broadcast and digital release of the film. It is an extreme honor and testament to quality of Miss Hill  that we were selected out of thousands of films to participate in this event. So onward and upward! 


Here is a brief statement from the late Elizabeth Sawyer who we were so fortunate to be able to interview before her death last year. This is not an excerpt from the film but just raw footage from the interview that captures the essence of Martha Hill nicely and also shows what a feisty and intelligent woman Elizabeth was. 

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