Union College’s film tour begins with ‘I Will Dance’

Union College presents I Will Dance with filmmaker Joseph East as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Rector Little Theatre on the Union College campus on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

Following a screening of the film, Joseph East will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker. Entry to the performance is free for all interested, but RSVP’s are encouraged due to limited seating in the theatre.

I Will Dance highlights the stories of Semaj, Tori, and Macio: three shining young individuals involved in Random Acts of Theatre Company (RATCo) in Selma, Ala. The film follows RATCo Selma’s journey to New York City where they share their stories through an original show written and choreographed by the participants themselves. Against the backdrop of segregated institutions and the social ills that come along with extreme poverty (including underperforming schools, rampant teenage pregnancy, and a murder rate that is five times higher than the national average), RATCo Selma’s young people are breaking the familial and societal norms modeled around them.

Joseph East is a freelance videographer and editor based in Denver. This, his first full-length documentary, was recently broadcast on PBS in Colorado.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization building on the South’s unique heritage and enhancing the public value of the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.