The Moving Child is a film that aims to help support children in their physical, emotional, social and mental development by educating adults about the important role that dynamic movement plays in a child's wellbeing.
Movement matters and impacts all aspects of development! This film shows HOW that happens and WHAT we need to be concerned about right now in children's sensorimotor development. Kids are getting stuck!
Integrating approaches from diverse movement therapies, the film shares best practices to support children's self-expression and naturally unfolding movement ability from in utero through age six.
The Moving Child will be an amazing tool for anyone who cares about how child wellbeing impacts our world!
Children grow through movement. By moving, they learn to communicate, express feelings, heal trauma, make friends, and learn to live in the world.
How a child moves indicates their developmental stage and communicates their needs. Healthy neurology, shaped by early sensory and movement experiences in relationship with caregivers, is what supports a child in all learning and developmental tasks. The way we support our children's moving bodies ultimately shapes our entire culture. Most folks do not currently have much knowledge of movement's importance in child development. That is why the message of this film needs to be shared!
Children need to move, but HOW?
Children must learn to move dynamically, with full bodied, three-dimensional movement, to be able to cope with different environments and challenges at different ages. By exploring dynamic movement, a child learns to switch easily from big to small, loud to quiet, angry to happy, slow to fast, up to down, tense to relaxed, side to side and all other movement potential. Contrast this with a bustling city street, where movement is forward focused and rushed.
Kids are getting "stuck."
Statistics show that not only are children not moving enough, they are not moving in the ways they need to move from early infancy onward. Research indicates that this contributes to an increase in high rates of coordination disorders, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, sensory disorders and emotional disturbance in children. Though these issues may be visible, many are not easy for caregivers to identify. Lots of kids are getting "stuck," but they need not stay that way!
Everyone has a birthright to movement.
This film is not just about the moving child and early development, it's also about the potential for adults to reclaim their connection with their own bodies and observe the impact that can then also have on the body-minds of children. With a little support and attention, we can help get kids "unstuck." It all starts with educating adults! Everyone has a birthright to movement. As we accept the invitation from children to move with them, and to revive movement in our culture, we reclaim the relationship between our body and our full humanity, and our children are going to thrive!
Drawing on the knowledge of...
The Moving Child draws on interviews with experts in developmental movement, neurology, psychiatry, attachment science, and dance/movement therapy, including Dr. Carla Hannaford, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Susan Loman, Myrna Martin, Dr. Martha Eddy, Kalila Homann and Dr. Bruce Perry. The film also features several parents and children who inspire us to move, dance, and play!
Author, Developer of Body-Mind Psychotherapy, Founder of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
Occupational Therapist, Movement Therapist, Founder of The School of Body-Mind Centering®.
Dr. Martha Eddy
Somatic Movement Therapist,
Director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education.
Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Body-Mind Centering® practitioner and teacher.
Dr. Carla Hannaford
Biologist, Neurophysiologist, educator and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Isn't All in Your Head
Dance-Movement Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor,
Occupational Therapist and Doula
Certified Movement Analyst, Somatic Movement Therapist, Senior Dance-Movement Psychotherapist.
Dance-Movement Therapist, Antioch University Professor and Kestenberg Movement Profile Analyst.
Storyteller, poet, children's dance facilitator and performer.
Registered Nurse, Registered Clinical Counsellor and child/family therapist, attachment expert.
Dr. Bruce Perry
Psychiatrist, Educator, renowned Author, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy in Houston.
Pediatric CranioSacral Therapist, practitioner of Self-Regulation therapy.
Infant Developmental Movement Educator®, Somatic Movement Therapist and acclaimed Choreographer.
Who's behind this film?
Anna Kemble - Director, Producer, Co-Writer
Anna Kemble, a Board Certified Dance-Movement Therapist from Vancouver, B.C., weaves together The Moving Child, a project she has been working on since 2010. Anna has managed large community educational and nonprofit projects and is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has over 15 years of experience working psychotherapeutically with children and adults through movement.
Jacki Huntington - Director of Photography, Editor, Co-Writer
Jacki Huntington is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, sometime musician and graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. She's completed several short, character-driven documentary films, including a series on Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.
Many other independent filmmakers, videographers, and mentors also contributed to this film. We couldn't have done it without our fabulous crews!
Your donation is powerful!
By contributing to this film, you become a community film producer and directly impact the wellbeing of thousands of children and caregivers. Your donation educates a new generation of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and others who can impact children's health and movement potential.
What we need:
The film is in its post-production phase, and we need $32,340 to finish it by June 2013. While this might seem like a large sum to people unfamiliar with film budgets, this is actually a very low and conservative amount. We can certainly make good use of more funds than our goal! Thank you.
Producer Anna Kemble has been making this film over the past three years. Thanks to The Marian Chace Foundation and private donors, we've raised $18,000 toward expenses so far, and Anna has contributed substantial personal funds and volunteered several hundreds of hours toward the filmmaking. Many in the film crew have worked for honoraria, equipment has been donated, and many volunteer hours have been accrued! Everyone who appears in the film has done so on a volunteer basis. Still, filmmaking (especially GOOD filmmaking) costs money! We're making this film to last a long time and inspire people for generations to come. Retreating is not an option! We have many production and postproduction costs to still pay for: editing, music, interview crew payments, travel for interviews, sound editing, colour correction, DVD printing, etc.
If donating money is not possible for you, but you have other expertise such as in marketing or film distribution, OR if you have FLIGHT (airline) POINTS you can donate to the project, these are also needed for crew to travel.
You will be well thanked for any size donation! We've got plenty to share: special video links, t-shirts, dance parties, private movement sessions, photo and video art, and much, much more! See our offerings.
Financial management of your donation:
Every donation counts! There is a professional bookkeeper associated with this project (Barb) who keeps track of all film related expenses, ensuring all donations are well spent (every cent!). The Marian Chace Foundation is acting as a fiscal sponsor for this film for donations over $100 (www.adta.org). If you are living in the United States and would like a tax deduction or 501(c)(3) receipt, you may prefer to make a donation through The Marian Chace Foundation. Checks can be made payable to The Marian Chace Foundation, sent to
Marian Chace Foundation
P.O. Box 254
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(It's important to write for "THE MOVING CHILD", on the check or in a note with it).Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Get the word out!
Tell your friends and family about The Moving Child and make some noise for our fundraising campaign! If you cannot make a financial donation, please forward this link to a friend! Spread the word and help us complete this film! Thank you. LEAVE A COMMENT as well, even if you cannot donate funds.
KNOW YOUR DONATION WILL BE WELL SPENT AND WILL TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD.
By donating, you will receive updates from The Moving Child and a notice of final film completion, as well as your rewards which we hope will bring you much joy!
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS,
Anna, Jacki and crew