Justin Ray’s Latest Video Blog – IGNITE Creatives

By , 8 July, 2017

Justin’s latest video featuring Katie Senior!

Katie Senior with Collaborator/Mentor Liz Lea

Katie is an extraordinary 22 year old with Down Syndrome. She has been dancing and performing since age five and represents Australia as a paralympic swimmer. She has choreographed and performed two solos since 2010: All For One was performed at Belconnen Art Centre to celebrate International Day of People with Disability in 2011 and In The Corner Where The Shadows Meet was for the National Dance Festival ‘Short and Sweet.’ It was Katie’s first choreographic and dance mentorship project with Liz Lea and was funded through Jump. Katie is also an actress. She is a member of Rebus Mixed Ability Theatre Company and she had a lead role in Beautiful a movie directed by Genevieve Clay and produced in Canberra. Beautiful featured in the Other Film Festival in 2012.

Liz is a performer and choreographer based in Canberra and NSW, directing Liz Lea Dance and Canberra Dance Theatre. Liz was based in Europe for 20 years and worked for the Royal Opera House, Ranjabati Sircar, Imlata, Sankalpam, English National Opera and English Bach Festival. Liz Lea Dance projects include 120 Birds, InFlight: Magnificus Magnificus, choreography inspired by the red tailed black cockatoo for Indigenous dance artist Tammi Gissell and Kapture, inspired by Ahmed Kathrada, who was imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela for 26 years. In 2013 she was Choreographer in Residence at CSIRO Discovery and directed the first DANscienCE, a dance and science symposium. In 2015 the Festival ran at Queensland University of Technology, co-directed by Associate Professor Gene Moyle.

About the Videographer Justin Ray

Justin Ray & Mentor/Producer Robert Nugent

Since qualifying with a certificate IV in Screen and Media at CIT, Justin has worked as a production assistant, second assistant director, editor, sound assistant and lighting assistant  on locally produced feature films: The Competition (Music Love Story), Theatre of the Dead, Exit Wounds and Beautiful. He has also undertaken two ACT Government commissions, among others, to create documentary and promotional videos. He has been independently devising and developing a video documentary about his intellectual disability with mentoring support from Rob Nugent since 2013.

Rob has an MA in Documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He has made several independent films, as well as many commissions for NGOs and TV. His End of the Rainbow won the first appearance award at IDFA in 2007 and screened at festivals internationally. He was a war artist for the Australian War Memorial in Iraq and East Timor. He made No Dramas; recordings from Iraq in 2008, which is used in University teaching curriculums around Australia. His film Memoirs of a Plague (2011) screened at IDFA and HotDocs, Margaret Mead FF in New York, and iDocs in Beijing. He has screen credits with the ABC, ARTE, PBS, SBS and National Geographic. He has just completed an independent film Night Parrot Stories with funding from Screen Australia. He is a sessional teacher at ANU, UNSW (ADFA), CIT and he is an Associate Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia.

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