SOAR explores the relationship between two sisters: Kiera, a quadruple amputee who lost her limbs at age two, and Uriah, who was born a month before her sister contracted pneumococcal sepsis. The film celebrates the extraordinary ways that Kiera has learned to adapt—as a dancer, choreographer and medical assistant. It also reveals the deeply loving relationship between the sisters and Uriah’s part in helping her sister adjust. Tension arises when Uriah steps away, finally admitting her need to define herself as an individual. A dance concert reunites them, rekindling their powerful bond.
54 minutes / USA
Directed by Susan Hess Logeais
Inspired by a duet choreographed by Melissa St Clair
In May PBS will screen SOAR on local stations around the country. Contact your local station to ask about SOAR.
SOAR is currently seeking underwriters committed to supporting women in the arts, racial diversity and the visibility of those who are alternately-abled. Click here for more details.
Kiera Brinkley – Kiera feels as though dance gave her a voice. When people see a wheelchair, they most often jump to conclusions, which makes it challenging for them to communicate with her. Dance was and IS her communication technique. With her Medical Assisting degree she hopes to work in a hospital with toddlers and infants, while at the same time choreograph. One of her biggest goals is to inspire and encourage as many people as possible. Kiera is both a subject and Co-Producer of SOAR.
Uriah Boyd – After graduating from Jefferson High School with an award for Dancer of the Year, Uriah enrolled in the Constructing Hope Pre-apprenticeship Program. Her goal is to have a firm idea of exactly what trade she wants to work in by the end of the program. So far she’s learned that construction is very demanding and intolerant of excuses, but her love of creating things and seeing hard work pay off convinces her she will succeed in that environment. By entering into the trades field, she will prove to herself and others that being a black woman is by no means a crutch. Uriah is both a subject and Co-Producer of SOAR.
Susan Hess Logeais – A former ballet dancer and model, Susan still acts, cares for her family, and focuses most of her free time on filmmaking. She hopes to graduate from Marylhurst University this year with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Transformational Entertainment and Human Consciousness. This project has allowed her to refine her skills as a filmmaker while developing her voice as a social activist. Susan is the Director/Producer of SOAR.
Polaris Dance Theater
The Portland Ballet
Jefferson Dancers 1 & 2
Kemba Shannon Dance Ensemble
Spacial Dynamics Institute
Da Vinci Middle School
Dance West ACMA
Screenings & PBS Air Dates
SOAR has shown at several film festivals and screenings around the country.
In May, PBS will show SOAR on local PBS television stations. If you are interested in seeing SOAR on your local PBS channel, contact them to see when it will show. Find your local station.
To learn more about educational and fundraising screenings, please contact Tara(at)SourAppleProductions(dot)com.