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.


Melissa St Clair – A gifted choreographer, Melissa taught dance at Jefferson High School for 28 years and co-directed Jefferson Dancers II during that time. She is also certified in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition of yoga. Her choreography of the duet SOAR inspired this documentary and she also gave Kiera her first opportunity to choreograph for JD 2.  Melissa is a Co-Producer of  SOAR.


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We believe that whatever challenges one might face, it is through art that we are fully human. This project is dedicated to helping people expand their idea of what is possible.


SOAR Documentary Rough Cut Screening  SOAR_rough_Screening

With 2 years of filming and an uplifting dance concert behind us,  SOAR has now reached the rough cut stage. Under the guidance of Supervising Editor Heidi Zimmerman, we were able to pull the most meaningful moments from the hours of footage we’d accumulated. The result shows the journey Kiera and Uriah took with me to bring their story to the public.

In order to know if we’ve assembled something that resonates, we will screen the rough cut for people unfamiliar with our story. Their reactions and feedback will let us know where we’ve succeeded and where we need to refine the story line.

The picture lock version of SOAR will then be color graded and undergo sound design and final scoring before we submit it to film festivals and seek distribution. As of yet, we have not received any grants to cover this next stage of post.

Although the money raised from our Seed & Spark campaign will cover some of these expenses, we will still need to raise more to pay for all the costs associated with this final stage,

It’s never too late to join our film family and take the  journey with us. Once we have a picture lock and a finished soundtrack, there will be another screening to share our progress with our loyal fans.

For out of town supporters, there will be digital downloads of the film available once we have premiered at our first film festival. And if you want to organize a screening, we will do our best to bring the film to you.

So soar with us! Help us finish the film by donating and sharing our story.



We thank our  sponsors and supporters for making our progress possible.
The Portland Ballet, Polaris Dance Theater,  Therapeutic Associates, Mission Control and Terri Poch


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