Mary John Frank is a New York-based choreographer, filmmaker and director. Her work blends elements of modern dance and theater and intends to uplift, educate, and amuse audiences. She is also exploring how dancers and movement artists can utilize and participate in the development of new technologies that are driving and shaping our culture.
She began her career as an assistant in the film business, and made her first dance film in 2011 after receiving Panavision’s New Filmmaker Grant. Since then, she has directed content for companies like New York City Ballet, Condé Nast, and Google DayDream. Her films and choreography have been featured in Vogue.com, Nowness, The New York Times, Afropunk, Refinery 29, and have played at venues including Lincoln Center, the Hammer Museum, and Pioneer Works. She has an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her most recent awards include Artizen’s Transformation in VR grant, funding from Google DayDream & Harmony Labs, being a finalist in the Tribeca Film Festival & IBM’s “Storytellers With Watson” competition, and being named one of Vimeo’s “Groundbreaking Female Filmmakers To Watch” (2017).
Her latest project, FROM SEA TO RISING SEA, is a Virtual Reality musical experience about ocean-based solutions to the climate crisis and features synchronized swimmers in the Pacific Ocean. The project celebrates the beauty of the natural world and is a tool for engaging in productive discussions about climate change. Mary John loves collaborating with artists, dancers, technologists and brands to create impactful, movement-based work for the big and small screens and, more recently, your VR headsets.