Grace Fury is a unique feature film, the story of artist, Laura Carruthers, conveyed through dance and diary – a film memoir. She’s the brainchild of Laura’s fire and grace, cultivated over years of pioneering…building complete works, outside the industry, between traditions, across professional realms, and among others artists and craftsmen – as a woman – coming from a relatively small, ethnic dance community. Grace Fury’s energetic and cerebral character emerges as she rolls through elemental chapters of Laura’s progressive journey, from Scottish dancer and professional ballerina to her completion of this project, as director/filmmaker.
Grace Fury Short Action Trailer
Grace Fury Long Action Trailer
Every chapter opens with a medley of choreographies that reflect her signature blend of Celtic, contemporary, and Classical vocabularies, while representing her experiences during particular years or capturing the range of sentiments that accompanied them. But, each of these outwardly youthful and playful dances are offset by her intimate thoughts, feelings, questions – the significant challenges along the way – revealed behind the scenes, in quiet places, and on location in the American Southwest and Argyll, Scotland.
The film’s candid reflections leave room for some dramatic mystery, with a bit of puzzle and poetry in her prose that admits of overlapping realizations and almost seems to go full circle. But it’s an unearthed Celtic spiral that drives this story, inside and out – in substance and in form. Grace Fury winds up in a new place to make her stand and her peace, matured with a new sense of connectedness and meaning in person and purpose.
Both timely and timeless, her story lives true – a testament to authentic, organic art of, by, and for the people and to human resolve in the face of opposing forces and overwhelming odds.
“Grace Fury is my journey and my world. She is my love.”
Her Call-To-Action (Director’s Statement)…
I look forward to presenting my latest project, Grace Fury, a very personally meaningful endeavor, over five years in the making. I’ve merged some aspect of every project, on stage or in short film, made to this point, with fresh ideas and new designs to give Grace Fury layered, comprehensive form and to substantiate its authentic perspective.
That said, Grace Fury dances in the face of powerful forces at work in our culture that reduce the art, comprised of numerous dance forms and standards, to a false, celebrity-boosting “sport” or mere moment of trick and spectacle. I made the film in the hope that some will truly see her and embrace her edges and curves – her full, nuanced being – brought to life with little institutional or industry support.
With that, I hope that you will join me in Grace Fury’s call-to-action and her message of grace, hope and faith.
Artistic Direction – Choreography
Stage/Video Production Design
Edit – Script – Voice
The DancersSeth Belliston
John J. Todd
Kelly Ann Sloan
Executive ProducersCarruthers & Co.
General Manager & EngineerMark Grossman
Associate / Casting ProducersJohn J.Todd
ELIAS Arts, NY
Special EffectsIsaac Mendoza
Director of PhotographyAnka Malatynska, ASC
First Assistant DirectorKim “Kacy” Palmieri
Co-Director of PhotographyDanny Alaniz
Lighting DesignerJared A. Sayeg
Camera OperatorsMichael Jake Kerber
Lead Make-Up/HairAnn “Abby” Lyle
Wardrobe Design ConsultantsRichard Glover
Documentary CameraLiz Hinlein
James Chressanthis, ASC