GREG VANDER VEER, documentary filmmaker

 

Greg Vander Veer has worked with legendary documentary filmmaker,

Albert Maysles, on several projects. He was a cameraman for the recent film Sally Gross: The Pleasure of Stillness, about the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer. For Allee Willis, composer of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, Greg filmed a detailed account of backstage activities for the two-year duration of the show. He is also a video contributor and co-editor of IndexMagazine.com, where he has produced and directed several documentary pieces profiling artists, philosophers and musicians.  His new short, “The Empty Hours”, documents the process of composer Ricardo Llorca’s opera. 


            Recently with Douglas Turnbaugh, he directed and shot the documentary film, Keep Dancing, about legendary dancers Marge Champion and Donald Saddler, who at the age of 90 still meet twice a week to choreograph and rehearse original dances. Declared “Singularly Endearing” by the New York Times, the film seamlessly blends 9 decades of archival film and photographs with present day footage to tell a story through dance of the passing of time and the process of aging. Keep Dancing was an Official Selection at over 20 international film festivals including South by Southwest, SilverDocs and DocuWeeks, and received the People’s Choice award at the Starz Denver Film Festival. Keep Dancing was nominated by the International Documentary Association for the 2010 Distinguished Documentary Award and had a theatrical run at the Archlight Cinemas in Hollywood.


          Greg is now directing a feature documentary film about Martha Hill, a pioneer and visionary in the field of Modern Dance. The film explores the history of 20th century dance in America through Hill's life-long efforts to revolutionize dance education and her visionary role in the development of modern dance as a major art form.


In 2010 Greg directed and shot a documentary film about SENSEDANCE, Henning Rübsam’s acclaimed contemporary dance ensemble. This film, currently in post-production, documents the company as it conducts a tour through Peru, highlighting this unique cultural exchange and the trials and tribulations of a dance company on the road.