Kelsey and Lexie have dreamed up a process for creation in which film and dance go hand in hand.
We've committed to making work that appears on stage and is transformed into dance film (or the other way around). Whether that means the film comes first and work for stage comes second, or a film is inspired by our latest stage work, we will continue this process long into JACKS' collaborative process. 

ground-swell (2018)

ground-swell is a unique sensory experience - the product of a multi-disciplinary production and a collaborative round-robin editing process. Aimed to provoke the senses, viewers travel through dream-like states rich with texture, color, and connection to our earth. Movers walk the line between the real and surreal, investigating entryways to connect and dissociate with each other and their surroundings. With lush Berkshire County, MA as the playground, movement and sculpture merge with running water, endless hills, and buzzing sounds of summer.

Created + Directed by: JACKS | Kelsey Kramer + Lexie Thrash
In Collaboration with: Emily Kohl-Mattingley, Allistair Johnson, Mika Mintz, Amber Shmiesing
Videography: Emily Kohl-Mattingley, Allistair Johnson, Mika Mintz, Amber Shmiesing
Editing: Emily Kohl-Mattingley, Allistair Johnson, Kelsey Kramer, Lexie Thrash
Choreography + Performance: JACKS | Kelsey Kramer + Lexie Thrash
Sound Design: Allistair Johnson
Sculpture + Tunics: Emily Kohl-Mattingley
Photography: Mika Mintz
Color: Nate Seymour
Production Support: Kate Peterfy
Space Grant: Cora Dance

Something there is that doesn't love a wall... And makes gaps even two can pass abreast” - Robert Frost

Filmed July 7 + 8, 2018 in Berkshire County, MA. This work was made possible via the support of the 73 generous backers in our successfully funded Kickstarter Campaign.

Friday, October 5, 2018
Work-In-Progress Showing
Petworth First Friday, Washington, DC

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Film Release Party
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, March 23, 2019
West Stockbridge, MA

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Spoke The Hub Salon
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, August 9, 2019
MERDE the show
Queens, NY

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Girona Film Festival
Girona, Spain


For more information on screening our films, please email jackskramerthrash@gmail.com.