-Who is Nina McNeely?
Nina McNeely is a storyteller, provocateur, and a creator. She is a choreographer, visual artist, director, creative director, and animator. Nina is madly in love with people, and finds no greater pleasure than studying the human condition. In her experience, the human form in motion is both poignant and poetic, capable of expressing concepts and feelings that words simply cannot. She sees the connection and chemistry between people as an immeasurable force, containing pure electricity. Nina’s work is visceral, rebellious, rowdy – and at once introspective, delicate, and alluring. She strives to be an unknowing vessel that channels artistic expression, and a guide that may lead any willing artist towards their own truth. As an avid believer in Magick, Nina has a keen eye for those who contain it. She prides herself in her preparedness, attention to detail, and work ethic – she never shies from a challenge. Throughout her career, Nina has been fortunate to work with Björk, Gaspar Noé, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, Alicia Keys and black midi to name a few – all legends in their own right.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
As a young dancer and choreographer I’d only expressed my visions through live performance, where the audience perspective was limited to looking at a stage. I knew that I could break, shift and twist that perspective through the art of film, so I started not only experimenting with it myself but immersing myself into films. I began watching the works of the masters and also researching those who broke all the rules. I’m still in that state of discovery and research and hope to remain there always.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
Absolutely, but only the brave and the fearless can achieve that change by taking risks and by challenging society to look in the mirror.
-What would you change in the world?
I want true freedom of expression for every human.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
I see the pendulum swinging back and forth over and over. For example, I think we’ll see great accomplishments through the use of AI then a great rebellion against it bringing us back to our roots.