Here are the artists that were officially selected for the 2019 SDI Festival



"The Stop"

Liudmila Komrakova

Biography coming soon!

"For Sunrise"

Hyonok Kim

Hyonok Kim is Award winning choreographer and director. Gold Award Dance on Camera for Teile dich Nacht, New York, International New York Film Festival Best Experimental Award, Grand Prix Teruel International Video Competition, Spain, Winnie Award Equus Film Festival.  She has choreographed and directed 15 dance films.

Her dance films were Official Selected by International New York Film Festival, Dance on Camera New York, Brooklyn Film Festival, Bronx World Film Cycle, Berlin Film Festival, Cinedans Dance Screen Amsterdam, Festival International of Film on Art Montreal, Canada, Jumping Frames Dace Video Festival Hong Kong, Moving Image Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.

Her works has been presented in 22 countries including Korea, China, Japan, Australia, U.S.A. Germany, France and were warmly received by the press. She is currently faculty in the Dance department at Keimyung University, South Korea.She graduated from the University of Paris IV Cursus de Diplome de Danse, and received a Ph.D in Arts. She studied choreography with Anna Sokolow and modern dance, Martha Graham, Limon dance technic, etc. She attended the New York Film Academy for film directing. 



"And So Say All of Us"

Mitchell Rose

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell Rose was a New York-based choreographer. His company toured internationally for 15 years. Eventually he was drawn more to visual media and graduated from The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Since A.F.I. his films have won 88 festival awards and are screened around the world.

The New York Times called him: "A rare and wonderful talent." The Washington Post wrote that his work was “in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati—funny and sad and more than the sum of both. Mr. Rose is currently a professor of dance-filmmaking at Ohio State University.

"The Shadow Drone Project"

Charles Linehan

Charles Linehan has been Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London and Joint Adventures, Munich. He is Reader in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and an Associate Artist with Dance4, Nottingham.

Venues and Festivals his company has performed at include: Brussels (Kaai Theatre), Paris (Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Saint-Denis), Venice (Venice Biennale), Munich (Joint Adventures, Muffathalle), National Arts Centre Ottawa, Harbourfront, Toronto; Hermitage St. Pertersburg, DanSpace New York, Dublin International Dance Festival, Brighton Festival and multiple venues in London.



"Clonal Renderings 6: Duet for One"

Peter Sparling

Peter Sparling is the Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Dance and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Dance at University of Michigan. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling was a member of the José Limón Dance Company and principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company. He has performed and staged Graham’s works all over the world and on PBS's Dance in America. He has had extensive experience as artistic director, (Peter Sparling Dance Company/Dance Gallery Foundation), choreographer, performer, teacher (UM Distinguished Faculty Award, Governor's Michigan Artist Award), lecturer, video artist, writer (Ballet Review), collaborator, administrator (former chair, UM Dance Department) and dance/arts consultant. A videographer and teacher of screendance at UM, his videodance Babel was selected for the 2007 New York Dance on Camera Festival, the 2008 American Dance Festival Dance Film & Video Festival and has toured the world. His made-for-TV work, Climbing Sainte-Victoire, was broadcast on Michigan Television in April 2009. His video montage, Beautiful Captives: Martha Graham and the Cinematic Id, opened each performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company's Inner Landscape program during its 2012-13 season. His video installations, Photoformance, Clonal Renderings and UNTRANSLATABLE!, appeared in galleries on UM campus. His screen dance, The Snowy Owl, was featured at the Short Film Corner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Sparling has presented at Society of Dance History Scholars, Southeastern College Art Conference, and co-chaired Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance at U-M in 2012. He has served as resident artist at both UM Life Sciences Institute and North Campus Research Complex. which housed his Pop-Up Projection Pavilion, a 3-screen video projection system. He is presently working on a memoir, Confessions of a Dancing Man. He will present his first solo show of paintings, "The Post_Photographic Body: See Me As I Feel", in October, 2018. He lives in Ann Arbor with his partner, John Gutoskey, a visual artist.

"But First"

Erin Brown Thomas

Erin Thomas Brown is a director/writer/editor, whose work in film has taken her across the United States and around the globe. She’s had the privilege of working in one or several capacities on projects with Selena Gomez, Eminem, Topher Grace, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, The Olsen Twins, Casey Wilson, Tony Hale, Andy Richter, Reggie Watts, & SNL’s Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett. Her commercial clients have included the United States Marine Corp, the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, Radio Disney, Belvedere Vodka, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, Gensler, and Nestle.

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Bio Coming Soon!

Adrien Gontier

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Nicole Klaymoon

Nicole Klaymoon is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Embodiment Project, a dance company that interweaves street dance, live song, documentary theater, and spoken-word to create emotionally transparent narratives that serve as unifying political acts. Klaymoon is currently a resident choreographer at the ODC Theater and received a B.A. in Dance from UCLA and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Klaymoon is currently a resident choreographer at the ODC Theater. “You can have a first encounter with an artist who pushes you right to the edge of your seat… such was the case with Nicole Klaymoon.” — SF Bay Guardian

Morgan Wise

Trained at NYU and the Art Center: College of Design, writer/director Morgan Wise has filmed music videos and commercial campaigns for global clients including Capitol Records, EMI, Universal Music, Sony, and Google, among other brands. His work has been featured on MTV, VH1, and the IFC Film Channel, reaching over 300 million views worldwide. A finalist for Paramount’s Writers Project and the Nicholl Fellowship, Morgan was awarded the San Francisco Film Society’s prestigious Grant for Screenwriting for his feature project, Western Addition. 

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Cass Mortimer Eipper

Cass trained at the Australian Ballet School and has performed with the West Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, and was co-director of the Australian dance/media company, Ludwig. He won the Helpmann award for ‘Best Male Dancer’ in William Forsythe’s Quintett.

His other awards include ‘Most Outstanding Performance’ at the Rome International Choreography Competition’ for ‘Solo 1.5’, which was also presented at the renowned ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. He won 3rd prize at the Stuttgart International Dance Festival, where he performed Emma Sandall’s ‘Body Song’. He won the prize for ‘Most Outstanding Choreography’ at the West Australian Dance Awards for ‘Fleck & Flecker.’ He created three works for Sydney Dance Company, including their collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Le Grand Tango.’

He has also created for Link Dance Company and ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’, and has collaborated on music clips with Katie Noonan, Ben Folds and James Michael Thompson. 

"T.I.A. (THIS is Africa)"

Matthieu Maunier-Rossi

Artist bio coming soon!