Francesca Harper’s “Still” | A Virtual Commission by Jacob’s Pillow

by | Oct 7, 2020 | Dance Film

Toward the end of the summer, Pam Tatge at Jacob’s Pillow asked if we would help produce a few films for the Pillow’s Fall Season.

The answer was a no-brainer. After producing the Pillow’s Virtual Gala Dance We Must and their first-ever Virtual Festival, I had a an adrenaline rush that begged me to keep creating.

Jacob’s Pillow recently released a film we made with Francesca Harper and the contemporary students of The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

Francesca Harper and I really bonded as artists in making this film. I have worked with her before, and in fact, the first time I saw her work was at Jacob’s Pillow in 2001!

While we created this film for the Pillow, we spoke about what her overall vision was and how to convey the story she wanted to tell. She’s a really thoughtful artist and I appreciate what she creates and the energy and care she brings to her work.

My long-time collaborator Ashli Bickford and I worked on this film with Francesca. I’m really proud of what we created together.

Keep an eye out for more virtual commissions by Jacob’s Pillow this fall!!

Nel Shelby is Owner & Filmmaker for Nel Shelby Productions, her New York City-based company dedicated to dance videography and editing. Nel shares her mission to preserve and promote the art of dance with her husband, Christopher Duggan, a dance and wedding photographer. They collaborate on projects with dance companies of worldwide renown, up-and-coming choreographers, dance educators, dance schools and more. Nel is Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow and Vail Dance Festival and is also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.