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An FIS Alumna Gives Back
Posted 21/10/2019 16:27

FIS Alumna Wendy Sax ('76), returned to FIS in mid-October to screen a film she produced called Moving Stories. The film is about the Battery Dance Company (BDC), which teaches dance to youth who have experienced poverty, violence, or other forms of trauma. The film highlights the week-long workshops where these youth are challenged to create and perform a dance. Since 2006, BDC has led more than 500 dance workshops in over 60 countries around the world. The founder and Artistic Director of the BDC, Jonathan Hollander, was awarded the Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the German President in June 2018 for this work in Germany with Syrian refugees.

Ms. Sax participated in drama at FIS, majored in English and Theater at Smith College, and has had a lifelong interest in theater and dance. She has worked for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Martin Scorsese and others, in creative and script development and also worked as an artistic director and producer.

During her visit to FIS, in addition to showing her film and hosting a Q&A session for the audience, Ms. Sax spoke to film, dance, and theatre classes, and met with Junior Filmmakers (Grade 4 and 5 FIS students who participated in LUCAS film festival). This was an excellent opportunity for FIS students to speak with and learn from a professional filmmaker and former FIS student – and was a wonderful example of a dedicated alumna staying connected and giving back to FIS with her time and talents.

To watch a short video highlighting Ms. Sax's visit, click here.

Story contribution by Nancy Huston and Hilary Polomsky
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