“Soar,” explores the evolving bond between two sisters: both are phenomenal dancers, and one is a quadruple amputee from a childhood illness. Their art helps them define themselves, together and separately, and helps us redefine our idea of what is possible.
Written by RoAnna Sylver:
My classmate, Susan Hess-Logeais, recently told me about the documentary she’s making called “Soar,” about two amazing young dancers, Kiera and Uriah. It’s incredible, and the young ladies featured in this are astounding, talented, dedicated and extremely important individuals.
Once I heard, I had to share it here. It’s the kind of thing that actually gets attention on Tumblr when everybody else ignores it - ignores excellence in black girls, ignores disabled people, and lets them fall by the wayside. So I’m asking, please, please help these girls out, and if not, please reblog and share.
From the “Soar” press release:
"If you’ve ever seen Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd dance together, you know they share a bond that goes beyond sisterhood. 18 year-old Uriah grew up helping Kiera, age 20, adapt after a childhood illness resulted in the amputation of Kiera’s hands and legs just one month after Uriah was born.
“You really have to see them to believe it,” says filmmaker and dancer Susan Hess Logeais. “Kiera can move in ways that are incredibly powerful and graceful, and Uriah is an expressive and talented dancer on her own. But when you see the two of them dance together, you see everything: the struggle, the bond, the joy, the frustration, the mutual love. It’s truly overpowering to watch, and audiences respond pretty intensely.
Hess Logeais is currently fundraising to help pay for the event and finish her film, which she hopes will be eye-opening and inspiring. “We want to change people’s ideas about what is possible,” she says. “For all of us, but especially for the millions of people living with alternate abilities, Kiera shows us what happens when you challenge your limitations. That’s a message I would love to share with as many people as possible.” To find out more about “Soar,” the film, and see some powerful footage of the sisters’ dance, visit the Soar Kickstarter campaign. Kiera, Uriah and Susan are hoping that the disabled community will join the “Soar” community and support their efforts.”
Kiera Brinkley (amputee) and her sister Uriah Boyd dancing (A clip that will appear in the documentary).
"Soar" has a crowd-funding project going, but it’s having trouble reaching its goal - and this is just too important to let slip! Please help! Signal boost, share, donate if you can, but DO NOT let Kiera and Uriah be forgotten.
This is Evan Lee speaking and I want to thank my dear friend RoAnna for sharing this touching story with me and the MoviePilot community. We only have 9 DAYS left to make this documentary come to life. Your support is vital, and donations are key to making this happen. Please donate to this project.
If anyone has a Kickstarter or project they want to promote, don't hesitate contacting me about your ideas! Everyone should get a fair chance to accomplish their goals and dreams! Remember, your support is vital and greatly appreciated.
Meet Kiera and Uriah!
Important Links to Check Out!
SOAR Documentary Website
- Donate to SOAR
- Watch SOAR Dancers on YouTube
- Keep up with SOAR on Vimeo
- Follow SOAR on Facebook