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Robert C. Hammel

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Robert C. Hammel (Executive Producer/Director/Producer): is an actor, designer, director, and filmmaker whose work has integrated theater, dance, film, and multimedia art installations. Trained in theater as a designer/director, his early career was spent at regional theaters such as: the Barter Theater in Virginia, Academy Theater in Atlanta, and the Area Stage in Washington DC. Arriving in Minneapolis he worked as a commercial film producer/director, founding his own production company, Perimeter Productions in 1992. Over 100 international awards attest to Mr. Hammel’s professional capabilities. Currently his Independent Film efforts are focused on Dance for Camera and Dance Documentaries. His first feature film, “Solo: 1X2”, a dance documentary, supported with grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Southern Theater has been screened at the Southern Theater and the Insistude for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota. Among the short films he has created are: three award winning documentaries dealing with teenagers, schools, a drug abuse; “The Path is Hidden” a screendance film choreographed by Alarmél Valli and performed by Ranee Ramaswamy, has screened at festivals around the world; “Out of the Shadows” a documentary on Interact Center for the Arts was broadcast on MNTV, a curated program on TPT. “Daisy’s Dilemma” a dramatic short was commissioned as part of a web series “The Cubical”; “Bridge Between Cultures” a half hour short commissioned by the Walker Art Center is in post production. Current projects in production include: “Choreography of the Moving Cell” a documentary about the creation of a dance work, inspired by microbiology, supported by a grant from IAS at the University of MN; “Kannagi” a documentary about an Indian Goddess told with dance; and “Homeless in the Army” a dramatic short. Among the video installations he has designed are “Still Life", presented at the Southern Theater and “A Chording To”, presented at the Walker Art Center. Both are music based, multiple monitor works; collaborations with composer Mary Ellen Childs. “Still Life” was hailed as "a virtuoso demonstration of videowall technology, integrating imagery with audio, humor, charm, and artistic balance.” “A Chording To” received awards from the New York Film Festival and The Association for Multi- Image. His most recent installation “Eat Art” was exhibited at Interact Gallery in Minneapolis. In the area of projection design for live performance, he has recently designed projects for: Nimbus Theater, DADance, and Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum. Future designs include Carl Flink’s Black Label Movement’s “Choreography of the Moving Cell” and Joe Chvala’s “Heaven” to be presented at the Guthrie Theater in May of 2011. More information at www.perimeterprodutionsltd.com