'The making of' Hammer & Rain reflections through time, a documentary
Official Selection:
Toronto International Women Film Festival
WRPN Women's International Film Festival
The Boston Independent Film Awards

Semi-Finalist at The Boden International Film Festival, Sweden

Hammer & Rain: reflections through time focuses on the collaboration between one composer, JoAnne C. Maffia, and four choreographer/dancers all over the age of 50. The project not only focuses on the significance of aging and the dynamic shift one feels after ‘turning 50’ but also sought to represent diverse female voices in our society. As the creator and producer, we follow JoAnne’s journey throughout the past year, from first receiving the Art Ventures Grant in May 2020 to the shutdown of the country in June 2020 to the realization in December 2020 that a live performance, as the project was originally intended to be, was not going to happen. The pandemic transformed Hammer & Rain: reflections through time into a full- length documentary film. The pandemic challenged JoAnne and the choreographers to ‘get creative’ essentially forcing well established artists to do what they do best…get creative about being creative!

Created & Produced by JoAnne C. Maffia
Co-Directed by Julie Noel Smith

Choreographers, in order of appearance:
Michelle Ottley Fisher
Ellie Potts Barrett
Mariah Maloney
JoAnna Ursal

Funded in part by The Art Ventures Grant via The Community Foundation for NE Florida
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