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SOAR \ 55 mins \ USA

Kiera, a determined young woman and quadruple amputee since childhood, fights against stereotype and physical expectations as she fulfills her desire to dance and choreograph. All the while, her younger sister Uriah, who has long been both muse and best friend, struggles with the need to fulfill her own independent life and identity. The film documents the strain on their relationship as they pursue their separate paths and grow apart. In the end, their shared love of dance draws the sisters back together, healing their deep bond. 

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Moondance International Film Festival; Movies By Movers and Film Festival;

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Susan Hess Logeais

Director
Susan Hess Logeais brings her passion as a social activist to her work as a filmmaker, creating films that are thought provoking and inspiring. Her background as a dancer, actress and perpetual student allows her to craft stories that do more than entertain. Holding a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Transformational Entertainment and Human Consciousness, Hess Logeais recognizes her responsibility as a creative to produce content that serves the human spirit. Past work includes writing and producing the award winning indie narrative feature, Not Dead Yet.

Executive Producer
Andrea  Chung is currently in working in India with "Heart Beats," a dance movie from the creator of the "Step Up" and "Saved the Last Dance" franchise.  Recently Chung produced an award-winning Sundance hit "Seoul Searching," directed by Benson Lee.  She also produced the documentary "The Happiest Place" which releases next year and features Imogen Heap and Bhutanese President Tschering Tobgay.  In additon Chung produced IFC's "The Damned" starring Peter Facinelli, Annapurna Pictures' "Passion Play" starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray and Megan Fox, and most recently collaborated with Wes Craven on "The Girl in the Photographs." Chung's future projects include the adaptation of the multi-billion dollar grossing game, "Crossfire." On the television side, Chung was a producer on the #1 scripted series on Lifetime, "How to Look Good Naked with Carson Kressley." She currently produces the Thai version of "Ugly Betty," which is one of the top rated shows in Thailand. 

Co-Producer
Kiera Brinkley has been dancing since she left the hospital at the age of 2 after receiving quadruple amputations due to a bacterial infection. When she was younger, she believed hip hop would be the only type of dance that she would be able to do, but after entering the 6th grade at daVinci Arts Middle School, she was introduced to tap and jazz. As she continued to grow as a dancer, her interest expanded into contemporary/modern dance. Entering high school, she decided to stop dancing and focus instead on her nursing career, but after graduation she realized that there was space for both in her life. Currently she enjoys choreographing for different dance companies and schools around Oregon, and spent 2 years dancing professionally with Polaris Dance Theater. A graduate of Concorde College as a Medical Assistant, Kiera now works in health services.

Co-Producer
Uriah Boyd (artist) was born one month after Kiera became ill and has only known her sister as a quad amputee. Enticed by Kiera’s example, she attended daVinci Arts Middle School but really discovered her love for dance while rehearsing and performing with Jefferson Dancers II during three of her four years at Jefferson High School. She graduated in June of 2013, winning the school’s Outstanding Dancer Award, the first time for a member of Jefferson Dancers II. Hesitant about college, Uriah prefers to explore her options as a dancer and performer, also exploring welding as both a vocation and artistic expression. She enjoys traveling and recently spent several months in Central America.

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