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May 28, 2013

IC_SIFF_catalogueFollowing a fabulous premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival in March, Improvement Club screens next at Seattle International Film Festival. Hanson’s history with SIFF goes back to 2001 with the premiere of 33 Fainting Spells’ first dance film, Measure. Improvement Club screens June 4 and 5; click here for screening details.

February 5, 2013

Improvement_Club_still_1Improvement Club had its world premiere in March 2013 at South by Southwest! The film was one of just eight features to be selected for SXSW’s Narrative Competition! Like any really independent  film, the road to making Improvement Club has been long and winding. With the help of hundreds of individuals, the completed film finally came into the world via Austin, TX! S


July 2, 2012

Improvement Club Teaser from Dayna Hanson on Vimeo.

Fueled by the support of more than 200 individuals who made Improvement Club’s completion campaign a success on United States Artists Projects, Improvement Club is nearly finished! Currently in the capable hands of sound designer Vinny Smith (Your Sister’s Sister), the film moves next into color correction and then into the hands of film festival programmers everywhere.

November 23, 2011
Improvement Club
Improvement Club

Shooting Improvement Club on the Key Peninsula Highway

Improvement Club, Dayna’s first feature film and a semi-fictionalized adaptation of the making of Gloria’s Cause, is in post-production! The film was shot by Benjamin Kasulke in August and September in Seattle and on the Key Peninsula of Puget Sound. Editor Sean Donavan is hard at work editing the film and cut this trailer.

January 1, 2011

As well as naming her a 2010 USA Oliver Fellow in Dance, United States Artists invited Dayna to be part of USA Projects, the organization’s exciting new micro-philanthropy project. Through USA Projects, you can discover and support work by outstanding artists across the country and across disciplines.

Through the support of over 70 people, Dayna surpassed her first fundraising goal, raising more than $5,000 to support the  script development phase of Improvement Club, the film adaptation of Gloria’s Cause and Dayna’s major work for 2011. Visit her project page to register to join the community and receive periodic updates on the project!

To hear what the media has to say about USA Projects check out these articles in The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

May 13, 2010

A feature film by Dayna Hanson, currently in development.

Improvement Club is part of an integrated suite of new work by Dayna Hanson that includes her live, dance-driven rock musical inspired by the American Revolution, Gloria’s Cause. Improvement Club is a feature film tracing the fictional creation of the actual musical.


An experimental musical scored by Hanson’s band, Today!, Improvement Club takes an approach to narrative that borrows freely from dance theater—musical interludes punctuate the story; dialogue gives way to songs, dance breaks and dreamy visual ideas. The film swoops from profoundly human, everyday situations to soaring flights of the imagination and back again in a kaleidoscopic story of love, loss and freedom.

A musical comedy itself, with generous doses of dance film and a documentary texture, Improvement Club focuses on the fictional creators of Gloria’s Cause. The film will draw from the live piece and delve beneath the surface of its creation, taking significant liberties along the way. While the script will be written as the live show is being created—and will be influenced by the real-life creative process—several fictional notions will guide the film’s plot.

Improvement Club is being supported in part by an Artist Trust Media Fellowship and will go into production following the premiere of Gloria’s Cause in December 2010.

IMPROVEMENT CLUB (short version)

Dayna Hanson: excerpt from “Improvement Club” from Dayna Hanson on Vimeo.

A short film distilled from elements of the feature, with performances by Dayna Hanson, Dave Proscia, Ellie Sandstrom and Trevor Stadtmiller.

Running time 5:30
Written and directed by Dayna Hanson
Choreography by Dayna Hanson
Featuring Dayna Hanson, Dave Proscia, Ellie Sandstrom and Trevor Stadtmiller
With Linus Mumford and Adam Powers
Camera by Benjamin Kasulke
Sound by Adam Powers and Ollie Glatzer
Edited by Sean Donavan
Post production by Trevor Stadtmiller

Created with support from 4Culture and Northwest Film Forum

May 10, 2010
Diesel Engine

Dayna Hanson in Diesel Engine. Photo by Linas Phillips

A woman masquerading as Gena Rowlands scrounges for dumpster oil to run her Mercedes

running time 6:48
directed & performed by Dayna Hanson
camera by Linas Phillips
music & choreography by Dayna Hanson
edited by Dayna Hanson & Linas Phillips

Selected Screenings:
Seattle International Film Festival
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
Northwest Film Forum: Local Sightings
Festival Internacional de Videodanza de Buenos Aires
Dance Camera Istanbul

Available at Amazon on 911 Media’s Women in Film DVD

May 10, 2010

Rainbow (short version) from Dayna Hanson on Vimeo.

A single evening in the life of three people sees them each reacting in their own way to the mysteries that disturb the air around them.

Commissioned by Seattle International Film Festival for SIFF’s 2007 Fly Filmmaking Challenge

Running time 11:30
Written and directed by Dayna Hanson
Featuring Maggie Brown, Jim Fletcher, Linas Phillips, Dave Proscia, Trevor Stadtmiller
Camera by Sean Porter
Sound by Vinny Smith
Music by Today!
Edited by Dayna Hanson with Lynn Shelton and Michelle Witten