To Twist; to Thrive

To Twist; to Thrive

To Twist; to Thrive 150 150 Joedance Film Festival


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This past year so much and so little happened at the same time it was as if time had wrinkled in on itself. A paradox of things and happening and not happening all simultaneously. We lived in a fold, inside a pocket. We couldn’t do anything, and yet we still moved forward. That’s the contradictory nature of humanity, though. We adapt. We twist ourselves to live no matter our environment. The reason we can do that, I believe, is something inherently interior that demands for us to not simply survive, but to thrive.

Like many others, we found ourselves at Joedance scrambling to function during the tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic. How do we hold a film festival when it is no longer safe for large groups to congregate? How does a film festival continue to support Levine Children’s if we can’t host a film festival? How do we honor the work of the filmmakers that have already submitted their work to us months ago?

Our decision to move the festival to a virtual platform was made in desperation. We took that, as mankind is accustomed to do, and twisted it. We are so pleased to announce that we donated $50,000 this year to Levine Children’s, the largest donation in Joedance history.

Furthermore, with this donation Joedance will have successfully checked off the last item on Joe’s Legacy List – be a driving force of research every day. Joedance will fund a Lab Technician to operate a very specialized piece of equipment, a CyToF machine. This will speed up the process of studying effects of inflammation on cancer cells as it relates treatment outcomes.

None of this would have been possible on my own. I am so thankful to my board for their tireless work and flexibility, to the filmmakers for their trust in us, to our sponsors for their constant backing, and to each and every one of you who continue to support us year after year. Because of all of you, we were able to thrive.