Public media and ballet fans unite! The KQED Arts video A Ballerina Comes of Age has been nominated in the 20th Annual Webby Awards – the Oscars of the Internet. Cast your vote and help us win a Webby for public media and ballet!
A Ballerina Comes of Age, directed and photographed by San Francisco-based filmmaker Abhi Singh, follows the graceful moves of then 18-year-old Miko Fogarty throughout picturesque Bay Area locales from the eerily-deserted streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown to the Sutro Baths. This intimate 3-minute film captures Fogarty on the cusp of the biggest transition of her life: a 5,000-mile move to the United Kingdom. Like famed American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Misty Copeland, Miko is of mixed race — her father is English, her mother Japanese — and her dream is to pursue a career as a professional ballerina for the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet.
A Stanford University MFA graduate and KQED Arts on call producer, Abhi Singh's work has screened at several international film festivals including Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK), FIPA – Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (France), Sehsüchte International Film Festival (Germany), Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Sebastapol Documentary Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston, and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Notable projects include his work on the Academy Award-nominated short White Earth.
Want to see public media and ballet triumph on that Webbys stage? Cast your vote now! Deadline to enter is April 21.