and then life was beautiful | Dance Film

and then life was beautiful

On the brink of isolation, a group of people choose to leave their current lives behind to isolate together in a new reality of their own creation.  After a year of building with this chosen family, we find them on a day of remembering what was, but also celebrating what is. 

As humans, we are complex and experiencing a range of emotions at all times.  The music from Pete Gum and Reliable Colin supports this with quiet, atmospheric moments that will reveal the vulnerable side of this community juxtaposed with driving musical sections that reflect the community’s collective goal to seek joy in every aspect of life.

and then life was beautiful is produced, written, and directed Jamila Glass & Tess Hewlett, choreographed by the company, captured by Noah Jaxson Griffin, and scored by Pete Gum and Reliable Colin.  The film will premiere in March 2022.  Join our newsletter to stay tuned!

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L.A. Contemporary Dance Company presents

and then life was beautiful

Dancers:
Christian Beasley, Hyosun Choi, Kate Coleman, Jamila Glass, Nicole Hagen, Colleen Hendricks, Tess Hewlett, JM Rodriguez, Ryan Ruiz

Collaborators:
Producers, Writers, Directors: Jamila Glass and Tess Hewlett
Supervising Choreographer: Angel Tyson
Contributing Choreographers: Christian Beasley, Genevieve Carson, Hyosun Choi, Jamila Glass, Nicole Hagen, Tess Hewlett, JM Rodriguez, Ryan Ruiz, Angel Tyson 

Art Director: Rick Gradone
Composers: Pete Gum and Reliable Colin
Editor: Jamila Glass

Cinematographer: Noah Jaxson Griffin
1st AC & Focus Puller: Ted Buerkle
Gaffer: Chris Pieper
Lighting Technician: Claire Chrzan

Costume Designer: Rick Gradone
Floral Designer: Noah Jaxson Griffin
Makeup: Jen Nguyen
Set Photographer: Zack Whitford

Set Design Assistant: Ryan Ruiz 
Production Assistants: Rachael Odebunmi, Shannon Janet Smith
Covid Compliance Officers: Nicole Hagen & Napoleon Gladney


Filmed in 2021 at Stomping Ground L.A.