Directed by Ron Honsa
INTO SUNLIGHT brings together a choreographer, her dancers, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the nonfiction book that inspired her bold experiment. David Maraniss’ “They Marched Into Sunlight “is a chronicle of the Vietnam era that explores the effects of war on those in battle and those at home. The year is 1967, the same year of student protests on the University of Wisconsin campus. The challenge for choreographer Robin Becker is to combine these historic events in Vietnam and on the home front into a full-scale contemporary dance. Director Ron Honsa blends rehearsal and performance footage with interviews with key figures from the book and the author himself. The film comes full circle when the dancers are invited to perform their work in Vietnam, adding another layer of depth to this provocative story of war and its lasting imprint on all of us.
Director Ron Honsa has a broad body of work in commercial television and documentary films. His production company Moving Pictures has been recognized through the years by a wide range of industry awards.
Throughout his career, Ron has had a personal passion for directing dance for television. His recent documentary Never Stand Still, narrated by Bill T. Jones, was released theatrically by First Run Features and aired on Great Performances for PBS where it was nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award. Never Stand Still won Best Documentary at both Dance Camera West and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.