This film was commissioned by Victor and Faye Morgenstern in conjunction with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO. It has been screened at the Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase, the 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival, Amarcord Chicago Arthouse Television and Video Festival, and the Dance on Film Series at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, CO. It was selected by Dance Teacher Magazineas Video of the Month.
Fledgling arises from the discovery and growth that occur every summer at historic Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Founded in 1913, it is the oldest continuously operating performing arts camp in the country. A host of famous dance luminaries have graced its soil, including the likes of José Limón, Agnes de Mille, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Hanya Holm, Merce Cunningham, and Louis Horst. Ilana’s experiences as a student, and later, a teacher, at Perry-Mansfield informed the narrative for the film. The viewer sees Perry-Mansfield through the eyes of a young girl as she wanders through its magnificent campus. The dancing figures that appear and disappear like ghosts embody the legacy and history of Perry-Mansfield, as well as signify the future potential of this young dancer.