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Green Mountain Film Project

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The Green Mountain Film Project is a collaboration between filmmaker Tori Lawrence and dancers Emily Climer, Ellie Goudie-Averill, and Marie Lynn Haas. The team has been shooting movement-driven footage on 16mm film in and around the landscapes of Rochester, Vermont since the summer of 2018. The group plans to tour their first film in the state of Vermont in summer 2020. 


Tori Lawrence is a choreographer and filmmaker and serves as the Artistic Director of Tori Lawrence + Co.  She is the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Middlebury College (Vermont).  She creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performance installations, and dance films. Her environmentally-based work inspires an imaginative and sustainable way of looking at, thinking about, and using space.  Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including three site-specific performance commissions by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she created “Holding Place,” an evening-length work created in response to the architecture of the Barnes’ new Philadelphia campus. The performance was set to music by acclaimed Brooklyn-based music group Bing & Ruth. Philadelphia Weekly describes her site-specific work as “poignant,” “stunning,” and “arresting.” Lawrence graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship.

She was awarded a 2018 Lighton International Artists Exchange grant to fund her recent dance film project in Skåne, Sweden’s southernmost region.  She was a lecturer in dance at the University of Kansas (2017) and the choreographer-in-residence at Franklin & Marshall College (2018).  She has been awarded artist residencies and fellowships at Yaddo (NY; 2018), Djerassi (CA; 2017), Playa (OR; 2018), Brunakra (Sweden; 2018), Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation (NY; 2018), Charlotte Street Foundation (MO; 2016-17), Dance Ireland (Dublin; 2014), and Workshop Foundation (Budapest; 2013).  Her work has been commissioned and presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Stockholm Screendance Festival, Screendance Africa, Portland Maine Film Festival, Agite y Sirva, San Francisco Tiny Dance Film Festival, Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Legion Arts/CSPS, Lawrence Arts Center, Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum, Mulvane Art Museum, and Cyprus International Film Festival, amongst others. Lawrence graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship.

Originally from the Midwest, Eleanor Goudie- Averill is a dance artist and educator who works with dancers of all ages on technique and performance. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa in 2007, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, and Franklin & Marshall College. She currently teaches Ballet and Beginning Modern at Connecticut College. Ellie has danced professionally for Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, Bronwen MacArthur, and Group Motion. She is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works.

Marie Lynn Haas is a New York City based movement artist and improviser. Since earning her B.A. from Bennington College, she has been a member of Susan Sgorbati’s Emergent Improvisation Project, co-authoring a chapbook and performing in a film collaboration with Elliot Caplan. As part of her own research in Emergent Improvisation, Marie collaborated with Climer on the development of an improvisational duet form, The Recall Form. In addition to her work in dance, Marie is the founder and director of Embrace Autism in Singapore. She also works as the International Projects Coordinator for the Autism Treatment Center of America®.

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