Password

DANCE FOR JOY

DANCE FOR JOY is an inspiring documentary short film that celebrates the healing movement classes offered by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Lineage Dance Company to help people with Parkinson’s Disease find freedom, hope and a sense of community through the arts.

  • Elizabeth Gracen
    Director
  • Adam Cramer
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    September 30, 2016
    World Premiere
    Winner - Best Documentary Short
  • Newport Beach
    United States
    April 27, 2017
Director Biography - Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen arrived in NYC from a small town in Arkansas a year after traveling the world as Miss America 1982. She used her scholarship prize money to study acting at HB Studios and photography at the New School. She later moved to Los Angeles where she has worked as an actress for over twenty years.

A veteran of many television and film productions, Elizabeth is best known for her work on the long-running HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES and HIGHLANDER: THE RAVEN.

In 2012, Elizabeth formed FLAPPER FILMS http://www.flapperfilms.com - a company created to develop inspiring, educational content for multi-generational women. She has just completed DANCE FOR JOY - an inspiring documentary short film that celebrates the healing movement classes offered by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Lineage Dance Company to help people with Parkinson’s Disease find freedom, hope and a sense of community through the arts.

Currently, she is in production on a feature film adaptation of a live show in collaboration with the Lineage Dance company called CEILING IN THE FLOOR and has just finished principal photography on a documentary short about former Miss America and Catwoman, Lee Meriwether.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

I've had the good fortune to have an ongoing collaboration with Hilary Thomas and the Lineage Dance Company for many years. We are always in the process of adapting their live performances into some sort of film. When I saw the amazing work they were doing with the Dance For Joy, healing movement classes, I knew I had to make a film about it. It has been an inspiring adventure and fulfilling endeavor to be a part of an organization that truly believes in the power of the arts to change people's lives for the better.