to be near you.

to be near you. pushes at the boundaries of time to create a feeling of reconnecting with something, or someone, who is gone.

Based on a live duet between Ali Kenner Brodsky and Jenna Pollack, to be near you. honors the memory of those that we have lost, collapses distance by energizing the spaces between, and demonstrates how people can find connection through physical separation.

  • Ali Kenner Brodsky
  • Jarret Blinkhorn
  • Ali Kenner Brodsky
  • Ali Kenner Brodsky
    Key Cast
  • Jenna Pollack
    Key Cast
  • Rich Ferri
    Director of Photography
  • MorganEve Swain
  • Meghan Kinney
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 3, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • SPACE Gallery
    Portland, Maine
    United States
    November 7, 2021
    North America Premiere
  • Jacksonville Dance Film Festival
    Jacksonville, Florida
    March 25, 2022
  • Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Boston, MA
    United States
    March 19, 2022
  • Reel HeART International Film and Screenplay Festival
    July 6, 2022
    Best Dance Film
  • Oniros
    New York
    United States
    Grand Jury Award
  • Santorini Film Festival
    July 15, 2022
    Best Experimental Film
  • Portland Dance Film Festival
    United States
    October 8, 2022
  • LA Dance Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 5, 2022
Director Biography - Ali Kenner Brodsky, Jarret Blinkhorn

Ali Kenner Brodsky makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theater works that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection. Her choreography is largely autobiographical and deals with life cycle, remembering, stages of grief, and the process of dying. Her dance company, ali kenner brodsky & co., produces, presents, and tours original works of choreography and dance films. Ali was a 2019 artist-in-residence at the Croft: Ground for Art, a 2018-19 Catalysts artist at the Dance Complex, 2016 Emerging Choreographer in Residence at Bates Dance Festival, and 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. In 2003–04, she was an artist-in-residence at Joyce SoHo in NYC. She has received support from NEFA’s New England States Touring and Dance Fund and from the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. A Rhode Island native, Ali Kenner Brodsky makes home in Dartmouth, Massachusetts with her husband, two children and five chickens.

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