A note from the director
Capturing Grace is a story about two realms. One is occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world. The other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson's disease. This film is about what happens when those worlds intersect.
For me, it's also a personal story. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's eight years ago, the third member of my family to receive that news. A few years after my diagnosis, my colleagues at Kikim Media and I made a film about Parkinson's for the PBS Frontline series called My Father, My Brother and Me . It was during that production that I first learned about the Mark Morris Dance Group's unique partnership with people with Parkinson's from the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. Later, I did a short profile of the program for the PBS NewsHour, but I've always felt there was a deeper story to be told.
This is a film about rediscovery, the rediscovery of a lighter step and the sweetness of motion. And it's a story about a remarkable community of dancers--some professional, some not--but all coming together to move in space...and in doing so, rediscovering grace. And it is in that rediscovery that each becomes whole.
--Dave Iverson, filmmaker and director
Capturing Grace screening history
New York City, February 24 (Private screening)
Providence, March 1 (Private screening)
Birmingham, AL, June 28 (Excerpts)