Buckjumping is a feature-length documentary about dance traditions in New Orleans, observing both their contemporary expression and abiding significance. The film follows eight dancing communities as they demonstrate ownership of the streets of New Orleans, commemorate their dead, forge community and find spiritual transcendence.
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Allendra Freeman, Camera
Better known by professional name Cinemadona, Allendra is a director and cinematographer born and raised in New Orleans. Her exposure to film came when her family was evacuated during Hurricane Katrina and she enrolled at Los Angeles Film School. Aged 22, she founded her production company and has since directed, edited and shot over 50 music videos. She is currently launching a film and art technology academy for young people of color in Louisiana.
Zac Manuel, Camera
Zac is a director & cinematographer from New Orleans and co-founder of The Greenhouse Collective. His films have screened at SXSW, New Orleans Film Festival, MECAL International Shorts Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He is in currently in production on his second documentary feature, bloodthicker, a coming-of-age story about three young, New Orleans rappers and the bonds they share with their celebrity fathers.
Jane Geisler, Editor
Jane is a freelance film editor based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her editing experience includes documentary features, narrative and documentary shorts, web series, digital and broadcast commercial campaigns, branded content, political spots, and music videos. Her work has appeared on today.com, Complex, National Geographic Channel, A&E, and ESPN, among others, and screened at US and European film festivals.
Jane is a member of the New Orleans chapter of Film Fatales, Women in Film and Television Louisiana, and serves as board secretary at Court 13 Arts.