still moving documentary

Still Moving is a documentary about juvenile arthritis. Our goal is to bring healing and awareness to the juvenile arthritis community through workshops, dance, and film.

Why a Juvenile Arthritis Documentary?

Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States, yet most people don’t know that kids get arthritis, too.

There is a shortage of pediatric care for children with juvenile arthritis. 8 of 50 states still don’t have a single pediatric rheumatologist. Since no causes or cures have been identified for juvenile arthritis, more awareness and more research is needed!

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About the Film

Still Moving is a collaboration between dancer, choreographer, and teacher Kristin Deiss, and television producers Jonathan Craig and Timothy Childs.

The film will follow a group of children at a week-long summer camp designed for kids with juvenile arthritis. Over the course of the week, these children will work with Kristin in a series of movement workshops to learn more about their disease, learn more about their physical abilities, and to choreograph a dance piece that they will perform at Stage Night at the end of the week.

Our goal is to raise awareness for juvenile arthritis by sharing the stories of individuals, both children and adults, affected by the disease with the widest audience possible.

Long-time friends Jonathan Craig and Timothy Childs have produced a number of television shows for networks including:

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Jonathan’s most notable credits include two seasons of Lockup for MSNBC, an Emmy-winning season of Project Greenlight for HBO, and an Emmy-nominated season of Top Chef for Bravo. Timothy’s most notable credits include several seasons of Lockup for MSNBC and Nightwatch for A&E.

Jonathan Craig will serve as Producer & Director for the film, and Timothy Childs will serve as Producer & Writer.

About the Workshops

Juvenile arthritis, much like other chronic pain syndromes and diseases, affects not only the physical body, but the emotional and mental bodies as well. An understanding of that interconnectedness of our whole self is integral to any healing that we seek.

The Still Moving Workshops were therefore designed by Kristin Deiss to approach the experience of chronic pain in its entirety. Through movement, the workshops facilitate the health of the physical body while also investigating what we think and how we feel about our experiences.

The workshops encompass a wide variety of exercises that not only promote health and artistic self-expression but also nurture a sense of community and support.

Juvenile Arthritis Workshops

In partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, the workshops are currently being held at Juvenile Arthritis National Conferences, and we hope to continue to expand their reach.

About the Dance

Having gone through juvenile arthritis herself when she was young, dancer and choreographer Kristin Deiss believes that to bring awareness to the disease also means bringing awareness to the faces and the stories behind it.

The Still Moving Workshops are inspiring a contemporary dance piece entitled Still Moving. The evening length work will feature movement born from the movements of the participants, as well as both audio and visual excerpts from the workshops, showing that juvenile arthritis has many faces, many voices, and many stories.

Still Moving aims to re-frame struggles with chronic pain and show that, while experiencing pain may not be our choice, we do not have to choose to suffer. The dance will confirm that these children’s stories, their experiences, their voices, and those of children everywhere affected by juvenile arthritis, are important. When finished, the piece will be performed to raise awareness and funds for juvenile arthritis.

Kristin Deiss is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. After being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis as a child, she went on to earn an MA in History from UNC Chapel Hill and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

Kristin is currently on the dance faculty at Santa Monica College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and Relativity School and teaches Yoga at The Springs.

Kristin will serve as the principal subject of the Still Moving documentary, sharing her own experiences with juvenile arthritis, teaching children about their juvenile arthritis conditions through the workshops, and choreographing a professional dance piece based on the movements of the children she teaches.

How to Support the Project

Still Moving has partnered with Media Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports independent film, to accept tax-deductible donations on behalf of our project.

If you have any questions about the donation process or our project, please reach out to us on our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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