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Films.Dance, International Film Series Featuring Artists from More Than 25 Countries, Premieres Same Sky, Free

February 19, 2021 | By Libby Huebner
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Two of Los Angeles’ foremost cultural organizations—the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts—have teamed up with Chicago’s Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater to present Films.Dance, a groundbreaking new global free film series produced by and under the creative direction of LA-based Jacob Jonas The Company.  Films.Dance is being made available to the public at no charge. One of the most ambitious international dance film projects ever undertaken, Films.Dance engages more than 150 artists from 52 cities in 25 countries, culminating in 15 short films that have been shot during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The next film in the series, Same Sky, premieres on March 22, 2021, 9 AM (PT), and will subsequently be available on demand. Directed by Grammy-nominated director Andy Hines, Same Sky explores the world in front of us, the differences amongst ourselves, and a likeness we see in others.  With music composed by Steve Hackman, Same Sky features the original choreography of Rauf "RubberLegz” Yasit, a German break-dancer living in Los Angeles, and is performed by Jacob Jonas The Company members Joy Isabella Brown, Miguel Alejandro López, Mike Tyus and Jill Wilson.

Director: Andy Hines

Choreographer: Rauf “Rubberlegz” Yasit

Featuring: Joy Isabella Brown, Miguel Alejandro López, Mike Tyus, Jill Wilson

Composed by: Steve Hackman

Cinematographer: Frank Mobilio

Wardrobe: OAMC

Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company


Through non-traditional collaborations across cultures and continents, and led by the vision of Jacob Jonas, the worldwide series connects the perspectives of diverse artists from a range of disciplines, dance genres, abilities, and experiences. Filmed in locations ranging from Amsterdam, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, and London, to Los Angeles, New York, Nigeria, and Spain—Films.Dance exists at the intersection of dance, music, fashion, and film.


“Our goals are to create a global arts community, to elevate the power of dance through non-traditional collaborations and to engage digital audiences in innovative ways,” said Jacob Jonas, Executive Producer of Films.Dance. “The diversity of the artists and their explorations has fostered new ways of thinking and has allowed the formation of deep relationships across physical borders. I look forward to launching this series worldwide.”


Each Monday through May 3, 2021, one film will premiere for free at 9 a.m. (PT) on the Web at, on, and the Films.Dance Facebook page at


The initiative is presented in partnership with Somewhere Magazine, and co-presented by the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts/CSUN.



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