KELLY HARGRAVES, Executive Director, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Kelly is a dance film creator and curator from Canada who currently lives in Los Angeles. In September 2018 she was named the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance Camera West, after co-founding the Los Angeles festival of dance film in 2001. Kelly has a Masters in Dance Film from NYU, a Contemporary Dance degree from Concordia University and a Communication Studies degree from the University of Windsor. She danced with Gina Lori Riley in Windsor and Tammy Forsythe in Montréal before moving to New York City to study and perform.
Kelly has produced and directed several dance films that are shown internationally, and has been traveling as an invited speaker to dance film festivals since leaving DCW in 2009. Hargraves has been a board member of the Silver Lake Film Festival and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. She has also worked with film distributors such as First Run Features, Film Movement, Icarus Film and performing art venues such as CAP UCLA and REDCAT, where she currently runs the Marketing and Media Relations department.
Board of Directors
GeoRge LUGG, BOARD CHAIR
SOPHIE ROBERTSON, PRESIDENT
LYNN TEJADA, SECRETARY
ELENA MINOR, TREASURER
EMERITUS DIRECTOR, TONIA BARBER
Tonia Barber has been the Executive Director of Dance Camera West for the past 7 years. Barber promoted and produced the West Coast Premieres of Wim Wender’s Pina and Bess Kargman’s First Position, as well as producing the festival in some of Los Angeles’ most prominent venues including the J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA, Hammer Museum, The Music Center, MOCA and the Annenberg Beach House. Barber started her career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and continued on to the Broadway stage by age 17. Her credits include “42nd Street” and original cast member of Tommy Tunes’ 9-time Tony winner “The Will Roger’s Follies.” Barber has staged and choreographed numerous plays, commercials and industrials including Budweiser, Salon Selects and Gillette as well as working with fashion giants Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Barber produced Interstate 84, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was sold worldwide. Barber then Executive Produced the race car indie, QuattroNoza, which was in competition at Sundance 2003 and won best cinematography. After moving to Los Angeles 2003, Barber wrote, directed and produced the short film, RAW that premiered at Sundance 2005 and screened at the AFI FEST 2005. Barber is currently producing EXALTATION, a documentary capturing sacred dance in 20 countries including Turkey, Haiti, Japan, and Peru.