Chris Martin and Larkin Poynton met in 2004, as two adolescent young punks who just loved to dance. Over the years, they boogied, made dance short films, put on community shows, taught, and hosted workshops together. Today, both Chris and Larkin have created successful careers as choreographers, received millions of views, and continued to push the envelope with their artistry. They dream of bringing sustainability and artistic integrity to the creative world by virtue of a dance company. In order to achieve this, Larkin and Chris believe that they must create meaningful and innovative work that transcends the stage. This idea inspired them to imagine Project Home, a dance project that combines original music and narrative storytelling in a dramatic location.
They sought out directing duo Andrew Michael Ellis and Ben Stamper for their unique sensitivity to movement, and composer Jon Seale for his vision to bring music production out of the studio and into the real world. With Andrew directing visual scenes, and Jon composing an emotional score, Larkin and Chris will conduct a group of talented dancers into a symphony of soul.
Not belonging to any singular director, however, this project has collaboration built deep within its bones. Together, these creators share a unified vision - a story of home, of family, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Home tells the story of a lost soul, searching for her home in a vast landscape. However, more than a linear narrative, the project is an experiment that invites the audience to fill in the story with their own experiences. Using original choreography and musical score, the film will pose more questions than answers, about what it means to belong, and to find one's true home.
We dream of bringing Home’s creative team out to Iceland to create one of the first site-specific pieces to come out of our community. It's only fitting that this tale of sorrow and celebration, of loss and redemption, will take place in the monumental and untouched landscapes of Iceland. We hope that this project will be the first of many collaborative efforts among this group of talented artists.
After all is said and done the film will be made available online, but the full expression of the project will be in our live tour of the film. In New York, San Diego, Denver, or Barcelona, we’ll be hosting a premier with a live dance and music performance before and after.
HOW WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN
- The project is well underway. We've spent the last 6 months developing the story, the music, and initial choreographic concepts. With initial drafts of the story written and initial drafts of the music complete, the choreographic process is now underway. Over the next 3 months, we'll draw out our storyboards, rehearse the choreography, revise the story, and solidify our on-the-ground production logistics.
- Communicating with our contacts in the United States and Iceland to help prepare for our trip
- Raise funds from [May 15th – June 12th]
- Intensive rehearsals in San Diego with the dancers and choreographers from June 13th to June 19th, August 27th to August 31st.
- Filming in Iceland from September 6th - September 15th
- Editing, Sound Design, Color Correction September - November 1st
- PREMIERE (With Live Music and Dance, also including a showing of the film and YOU'RE INVITED) 2016-17
Check out the full details of our team here. Our team brings together years of experience and dedication – musicians who have worked alongside Grammy award-winning artists; videographers whose work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, SXSW, and National Geographic; choreographers and dancers who are part of internationally acclaimed teams. Pioneers and leaders of their respective artistic communities.
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Larkin Poynton - Chris Martin
FILMMAKERS: Andrew Michael Ellis - Ben Stamper
DANCERS: Fabian Tucker - Janelle Gleason - Mikey Ruiz - Mariel Madrid - Krystine Nicole Aguas
MUSIC COMPOSITION: Jonathan Seale
FILM CREW: Lander Andonegi - Ibon Taboada - Jacob Blumberg
PHOTOGRAPHER: Timo Dettmers
SUPPORT/LOGISTICS: Vivian Lin
Larkin Poynton was born in the Basque region of Spain and grew up in Longmont, Colorado. Larkin founded and co-founded numerous events and organizations centered around community, artistic development, and unity, such as Side by Side Dance Company, Block 1750, and Murmuration. He is incredibly invested in and has worked hard to develop the dance community in Colorado. In addition, Larkin has been teaching nationally and internationally for the past four years. He has visited over 20 countries and states, spreading his knowledge of community building, the power of self and communal worth, and movement as a basis of expression.
Chris Martin was born in Oakland, California, and raised in Boulder, Colorado. Chris's passion for dance is visible in his two decades of unwavering commitment to this craft. He has gained great international acclaim, teaching regularly at workshops and studios in over 40 countries and states. Chris is a member of internationally renowned team Choreo Cookies, through which he learned the value of being a part of a team that works towards a common goal of perpetual growth. He is currently an instructor at Building Block, a dance studio committed to helping students’ achieve their goals through the development of personal regiments. Chris freely shares his knowledge with the communities he is lucky enough to meet. He greatly values each and every one of his varied life experiences, which remind him to stay patient, kind, light hearted, and not take life too seriously.
Andrew Michael Ellis uses film as a celebration of life and a weapon against injustice. With Cinematography as his native tongue, he does this through education, community building, and self expression. His films have been featured at Sundance, South By Southwest, CNN and Time Magazine. This year he was named “multimedia Photographer of the Year” by Pictures of the Year International. Previously, Andrew taught Cinematography at NYU, and later used his passion for teaching to create educational workshops for the underserved Latino community near his hometown in Los angeles, California. Through his arts collective Nomadique, Andrew has brought together artists from all over the world to participate in group art exhibits, and hosted an artist workshop dinner at his home in Brooklyn every month for the past 3 years.
Jonathan Seale was born in the flatlands of Texas and raised in the jungles of South America. After relocating to New York City in 2007, he co-founded Mason Jar Music and Nomadique, two collectives committed to fostering a community of artists in the city as well as producing work that is soulful and genuine. Following their collaboration with Grammy-winning artist Feist in 2012, Mason Jar Music was named the world's 6th most innovative music company by Fast Company Magazine. Nomadique's multi-media work has been featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN, SXSW, and National Geographic Magazine.
Ben Stamper is an award-winning filmmaker based in the New York City area. Ben’s major interest is to tell singular stories from around the world with cultural sensitivity and artistic integrity. With a background in fine art and music, Ben’s intuitive approach to imagery and sound has led him to a broad range of human interests, from exploring remote villages in the Amazon to the complexities of human trafficking across India. Ben’s primary work is in documentary, narrative and art-on-film. Current projects include DON’T FOIL MY PLANS, a feature documentary on Justin Canha, a young artist with autism who is seeking to live an independent life.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
With collaboration as our foundation, we need you to be a part of this experience. Home is about bringing individuals, art forms, and communities together…and that includes you. We want you to be as much a part of this adventure as we are, regardless of whether you join us in Iceland or not. In a way, we're not just bridging communities. We are building a new one together. We hope to pave the way for the next phase of artistry. We want to collaborate more deeply with other artists in order to take full ownership over every aspect of our creation - the film, the music, and the movement. We've all excelled in our own worlds, but it's time to see how much farther we can go with the help of one another. Please consider donating to Home, and together we can make this creative collaboration a reality. It's new. We're trying it out. But we're all in it together.
- Every dollar that is put into Project Home will be directly used for the project itself. All participants are volunteering their time to make this story come to life and have allocated funds in a way that minimizes cost and maximizes quality.
Thank you for being here.
Risks and challenges
It would be easy to shoot a film in our backyard. It would be easy to use a song that everyone knows. It would be easy to get a corporate sponsor and stick a brand at the end of the film, but we are choosing to do things the hard way. The right way.
Logistics will be a challenge. Not only are we traveling to another country and shooting in rugged, remote locations, we are all coming from separate places around the world. However this is part of the reason why this project exists - to unite communities across all kinds of boundaries, including the geographic. We're committed to one week of rehearsals prior to our one week of shooting the film and will continue to utilize (and profusely thank) Gmail, Skype, FaceTime, Google Docs, Facebook Groups and technology in general for holding us together when we're apart.
All of our planning, creating and rehearsing essentially comes down to one week in Iceland. We will have no control over the weather. Rain or shine, those conditions will become part of our story. Why stop at site-specific when you can be weather-specific, too?
As with any artistic project, especially one as deeply collaborative as this, there is always the risk of falling short of our own expectations. It's a risk we're willing to take to stretch the boundaries of our all of our respective art forms and to create something broader, deeper and, hopefully, better than anything we've produced individually before.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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