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Ken Burns is our Hero

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 3:44 am

@ GM's preview of The National Parks in Central Park

@ GM's preview of The National Parks in Central Park

This week is the PBS screening of THE NATIONAL PARKS and if you aren’t watching it, you had better start re-evaluating your priorities.

Austin and I had the pleasure of attending GM’s preview of Ken Burns’ new 12 hour documentary in Central Park on Wednesday (VIP style, bien sure) and I must confess, I actually squealed when I saw Mr Burns.  He stood but 5 feet away from us, greeting friends and colleagues.  His hair was perfectly feathered.  His jeans were rugged, but clean.  Oh yes, I was smitten.

The whole night was incredible. The food and drinks were delicious; the performances were surprising and highly entertaining. My favorites were Alison Krauss (of course) and Peter & Paul (sans Mary, sadly).  Peter & Paul had such amazing joy that it was contagious. And seeing as how theirs were the songs on which I learned how to play guitar, I was filled with nostalgia.

However, the greatest surprise of the night was meeting the dashing James Nations of NPAC.   He informed Austin and I of a new mine, Pebble Mine, which is on the boards to begin construction just outside Lake Clark National Park in Alaska.   This is a BIG, BIG PROBLEM because it will destroy one of the LAST natural salmon fisheries on EARTH.   As Northwesterners, Austin and I have a huge soft spot for all things West Coast, but especially salmon.  Be sure to stay tuned here to learn more about this issue.  And if you are jonesing to support some independent film, look for the documentary Red Gold. We have to keep an eye on this planet of ours, people.


Screening at Landmark!

In Documentaries on September 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm

screening at Landmark on 9/23

A documentary we are cutting (right now) called TEN TALENTS will be screening at Landmark Theatres next Wednesday night (Sept 23).  Click here to get tickets: http://washingtondctentalents.eventbrite.com/

the Chop Shop reel

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Here is our latest reel! Enjoy!

Filming DC United

In Century Council, Commercials, television on May 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Yesterday we had the pleasure of filming Devon McTavish of DC United. He was charming and professional and did a great job on the PSA we shot for the Century Council.  It was great fun!  We’re working on the edit of the Ask Listen Learn spot, and will post it up as soon as it’s finished! Enjoy the bloody cold lousy April weather.


Here is the spot!

We Made This

In Auto Alliance on March 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Go to: http://autoalliance.org/ to see our video on the homepage!  It’s so exciting to be part of a such a big movement.

Reviewed in the Washington Post

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Our dance film, Other Life, was reviewed in the WASHINGTON POST this morning!  Click HERE To see it! Can you guess that Austin, Kelly, and I are dancing around our apartments, giggling like mad fools?  Yes, yes we are.

Be sure to come see the final night of OTHER LIFE at the Source Festival tonight at 8pm. Tickets are only $15!  

Next up:  We’ll be screening Other Life in early November at the Roundhouse Theatre in Silver Spring with Contradiction Dance!


the review…. by Celia Wren in the Washington Post

“To look on the bright side, one of the evening’s three offerings was an elegant and winningly mysterious stylistic melange. “Other Life,” a 15-minute movie by Austin Elston, Emily Gallagher and Kelly Mayfield, told a wistful love story through balletic modern dance and stylish black-and-white footage.

Choreographed by Mayfield (founder and artistic director of Contradiction Dance), the film interwove an intense, closely embracing pas de deux sequence — Mayfield and Boris Willis, in resonant interpretations of two lovers — with sequences evoking an elegant boudoir and (shades of “Anna Karenina” here) a 19th-century train station. Terence Nicholson’s melancholy original score, with its minimalist arpeggios and yearning string sounds, gave way now and then to suspenseful footsteps and ticking clocks. With enigmatic silent-movie-style captions (along the lines of “Doubt returns!”) and resonant imagery — billowing train-station steam, faces captured in an ornate hand mirror, fleeting glimpses of subsidiary characters portrayed by other dancers — the piece was stirring and poignantly open-ended.”

Other Life opens tonight

In Short Films on July 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm


Other Life opens tonight at the Source Festival and runs until July 3rd. Be there! Tickets are only $15 for a night full of fun!

Art-o-matic : this Friday!

In Short Films on June 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Come to Art-o-matic this Friday and Sunday to see some of our short works including a snippet of our upcoming film Other Life!

Kelly Mayfield (star and choreographer of Other Life) will be preforming a few of her incredible dance pieces, including live snippets from the film.

Do not miss it!


Friday June 6 : 8pm : 5th Floor, Dance Stage

Sunday June 8 : 2pm : 5th Floor, Dance Stage


Day 7 : Filming a Dance

In Short Films on May 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Austin, Kelly, and I wrapped up our film shoot of Other Life yesterday evening. It has been a challenging 7 days, but this last one was definitely the hardest. For the dancers, that is.  They had the pleasure of repeating their grueling 3 1/2 minute piece 18 times in the Sprenger Theatre which luckily had the heat on. Oh yeah. Nothing like dancing under hot lights with the heat on in the summer. Good times, good times. 

We’ll post up the information on the premiere of Other Life at the Source as soon as we know more. 

Day 6 : Filming a Dance

In Short Films on May 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Boris Willis and Kelly Mayfield danced the Duet again yesterday (to the dismay of their sore, sore muscles) so we could get our closeup shots.

Here they are warming up… unbelievable, eh? 

Today is our last day of shooting Other Life in the Atlas Performing Arts Center here on H Street NE. It’s memorial day and absolutely gorgeous outside.  But we’ll happily give up this fantastic day to enjoy ourselves indoors. We’re making a movie here, people.