A boy grows up spending his days amongst the trees. Through his daily visits of climbing, playing and swinging from branches, he develops a loving friendship with the tree and her saplings. But, the boy grows up. His visits become few and far between and he loses his affection for the natural world. He follows his lineage into the field of logging; therefore he must choose between protecting or slaughtering his beloved family of trees. Under Review: Katahdin tells the heart-wrenching story of our evolving relationship with trees.
Kelly Ashton Todd lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a native of Houston, TX and received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science. Professionally, she has been featured in contemporary dance works by Robert Battle, Doris Humphrey, Kuperman Brothers, Sharon Eyal, zoe|juniper, Johannes Weiland, and Punchdrunk. From 2015-2020, she performed with the currently critically acclaimed, award winning off-Broadway show Sleep No More. Along with performing, she also teaches Mindfulness, Environmental Science, Health and Wellness, and Sex Ed at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City, NJ. Todd’s films and choreography have been showcased nationally and internationally. She has been commissioned by renowned architect Steven Holl and the celebrated immersive experience Meow Wolf. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, Jerome Hill Foundation Finalist, F21 NYSCA in Media Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant, Walmart E-commerce, LEIMAY Fellowship, and the NYFA Fellowship in Choreography. Her environmental dance film series, Under Review, has won awards for Most Inspirational Film and Best Narrative and has attended over 15 film festivals nationally and internationally. Most recently, Under Review: Katahdin was awarded the New Vision award from the International Wildlife Film Festival. Her environmental dance activism has been curated into installations through the Human Impacts Institution and New York Restoration Project. Todd is currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University.