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HATCH is a short film that features experimental dance as a metaphor to the awakening of the self. The film is a creative partnership with the Alan Watts Organization, featuring the spoken word of the late British-American philosopher.

With its sci-fi undertones, the film features Italian-American movement artist Lavinia Vago as she explores her newly hatched, human body upon emerging from her chrysalis. Set to a symbolic backdrop of a womb, HATCH showcases visuals of a human’s transformation from birth to becoming a fully-functioning, fully-aware organism.

  • Jeff Schick
    JOSEPH, Swipe
  • Jeff Schick
    JOSEPH, Swipe
  • Steven Laing
    Prospect, Redemption Man, No Exit: The Jean Paul Sarte Experience
  • Lavinia Vago
    Key Cast
    Kate Wallich + The YC, Rubberbandance Group, Saint Genet
  • Adam LaPine
    Director of Photography
  • Amiya Brown
    Lighting Designer
    Pat Graney - Girl Gods, Kate Wallich + The YC: Industrial Ballet, zoe|juniper: BeginAgain
  • Jesslyn Howard
    Production Designer
    Jacque Lacan
  • Alex Park
    1st AC
  • Becca Blackwell
    Lighting Technician
  • Don Sparr
    Production Assistant
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Inspirational, Motivational, Independent, Spoken Word
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony A7S ii/Steadicam 4K/Zeiss B
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Austin Dance Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    April 5, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jeff Schick

Jeff Schick is a Seattle-based writer, director and filmmaker whose work explores the intersectionality of technology and its utilization by humanity.

With two decades of experience working alongside The Fortune 100, Schick served in branding, digital, social and content production capacities for Amazon, Apple, adidas, AT&T, T-Mobile and others. Schick began producing and directing films in 2012, ultimately creating film production company, Audio Video Room, where he currently serves as a creative director.

His recent work includes HALO, SWIPE and HATCH is Schick’s dance-directorial debut.

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Director Statement

The idea for HATCH started when I observed experimental dance artist, Lavinia Vago, perform live. Captivated by her staccato-like movements that seem to create fluidity and flow, I approached Lavinia with the idea of collaborating on a cross-media project. During our time in the studio, Lavinia made a comparison of her form to that of an extraterrestrial alien. The filmmaker and storyteller leaned-in to the idea of “alien-inspired” visuals. In my mind, I saw a hatch suspended from the ceiling that the film would center around. The hatch serves as a metaphor for where we all start, the womb.

Upon birth, we don’t have the tools, words, thoughts to express ourselves, let alone make intentional decisions on our behalf. What I find fascinating is that during our growth and development the speed of which the brain evolves, compared to the evolution of our bodies, is much faster. This relationship, or distance, between these two spaces is an interesting way to look at how self-aware a person is. Or, as I like to refer to it, how “woke” a person is.

In many ways, Lavinia’s expression of dance represents all of us. We are all waking up, coming into ourselves, adjusting and pivoting as we go. It’s happening for each of us, but at different times and speeds. Each of us are waking up to new ways of seeing the world and each other. When I speak with people about becoming “woke,” they say it’s like a lightbulb being turned on in a dark room. Not only do people see the “light,” but they see all the elements in the room that were once dark, now illuminated. The process of coming out of the dark and into the light is, in a way, technology itself. This, is the ethos of HATCH.