Yoram Savion

Yoram Savion is a filmmaker, writer, and multimedia artist

About

His pan-genre, award-winning onscreen work spans movement-based documentation, narrative, documentary for youth- and humanitarian-centric initiatives including Youth Speaks, Destiny Arts, and 14+ Foundation (Zambia), and creative work for multinational brands. Savion’s creative work spans brands including Apple, Red Bull, Sundance Film Festival, Adidas, Adobe, DJI, the City of Oakland, Everyday People, and Electrafrique. 

Savion is co-founder of Oakland, CA based YAK Films, an international media company that is a pioneer of innovative filming techniques for street dance. Over the past decade, Savion and his co-founders (Kash Gaines & Benjamin Tarquin) have built the YAK brand into a household name by filming legendary dance artists such as Les Twins, Lil Buck, Bones the Machine, and Lil Kida in diverse street landscapes across the US, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Their work is widely distributed via digital media channels including their own outlets: YAK’s YouTube channels have more than one million subscribers and have garnered nearly half a billion views.

Originally from Bretagne, France, Savion grew up in Oakland and has developed deep roots in his East Bay community, dedicating his time at home to a number of community initiatives including Youth UpRising, the Turf Feinz dance crew, Art + Soul, and Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, where he teaches multimedia production to up and coming dancers, musicians, and martial artists. He recently directed Dear Black Girls (commissioned by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival) and Ride Out To Vote; both feature prominent WOC activists from the East Bay. 

In 2019 Savion partnered with Sozo Media to create a short film trilogy in conjunction with the evening-length performance The Just and The Blind, which premiered at Carnegie Hall to a sold out audience. Under Savion’s direction, the films have been met with critical acclaim worldwide and continue to screen widely in the US, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. The first two films in the trilogy are both award-winning and premiered at Lincoln Center (NY) and The Kennedy Center (DC), respectively; FEAR was added to the permanent collection at the National Library of Jamaica in February 2020. The final installment of the trilogy FREE will be released in 2021.

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Yoram Savion es cineasta, escritor y artista multimedia. Su trabajo en la pantalla, de todos los géneros y multipremiado, abarca documentación basada en movimientos, narrativa, documental para iniciativas centradas en juventudes y ayuda humanitaria, como Youth Speaks, Destiny Arts y 14+ Foundation (Zambia), así como trabajo creativo para marcas multinacionales, entre las que se encuentran Apple, Red Bull, Sundance Film Festival, Adidas, Adobe, DJI, la Ciudad de Oakland, Everyday People y ElectrAfrique.

Savion es cofundador de YAK Films, una compañía internacional de medios con sede en Oakland, California, que es pionera de técnicas de filmación innovadoras para danza callejera. Durante la última década, Savion y los otros cofundadores, Kash Gaines y Benjamin Tarquin, han hecho que la marca YAK sea un nombre conocido por filmar a artistas Les Twins, Lil Buck, Bones the Machine y Lil Kida en distintos paisajes callejeros a lo largo de Estados Unidos, Asia, Europa, África y el Caribe. Su trabajo se ha distribuido ampliamente en medios digitales, incluyendo sus propios canales: el canal de YouTube de Yak tiene más de un millón de suscriptores y se ha ganado casi medio billón de vistas.

Savion nació en Bretaña, Francia, y creció en Oakland, por lo que ha desarrollado unas raíces profundas con la comunidad del Este de la Bahía. Ha dedicado su tiempo en casa a varias iniciativas comunitarias como Youth UpRising, el grupo de bailarines Turf Feinz, Art + Soul y el Destiny Arts Center en Oakland, donde imparte clases de producción multimedia para bailarines, músicos y artistas marciales prometedores. Recientemente dirigió los cortometrajes Dear Black Girls [Queridas chicas negras] (comisionado por el San Francisco Dance Film Festival) y Ride Out To Vote [A galope para votar]; ambos cuentan con la participación de destacadas mujeres activistas de color del Este de la Bahía.
 
En el 2019 Savion se asoció con Sozo Media para crear una trilogía de cortometrajes en conjunto con el performance de toda una noche The Just and The Blind [Los justos y los ciegos], que se estrenó en Carnegie Hall, cuyos boletos se agotaron. Bajo la dirección de Savion, estas producciones han sido aclamadas por la crítica mundial y continúan presentándose en muchos lugares de Estados Unidos, el Caribe, Europa y África. Los primeros dos filmes de la trilogía han sido premiados y se estrenaron en el Lincoln Center en Nueva York y el Kennedy Center en Washington D.C., respectivamente; FEAR [TEMOR] fue añadido a la colección permanente en la Biblioteca Nacional de Jamaica en febrero del 2020. La entrega final de la trilogía, FREE [LIBRE], se estrenará en el 2021.

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Agenda

Oct
20
A Poem In Three Parts, Part 3: Meet Me There
The Othering & Belonging Institute commissioned poet Michelle Lee aka "Mush" to write and perform a poem in three parts on bridging and belonging for the 2021 Othering & Belonging Conference. We will be premiering this poem and accompanying visuals—featuring an array of dancers, aerialists, and performers of all kinds—in three digital shorts directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, with creative direction from conference emcee Sarah Crowell. 
Oct
19
A Poem In Three Parts, Part 2: A Story of We
The Othering & Belonging Institute commissioned poet Michelle Lee aka "Mush" to write and perform a poem in three parts on bridging and belonging for the 2021 Othering & Belonging Conference. We will be premiering this poem and accompanying visuals—featuring an array of dancers, aerialists, and performers of all kinds—in three digital shorts directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, with creative direction from conference emcee Sarah Crowell. 
Oct
18
A Poem In Three Parts, Part 1: A Story of Now

The Othering & Belonging Institute commissioned poet Michelle Lee aka "Mush" to write and perform a poem in three parts on bridging and belonging for the 2021 Othering & Belonging Conference. We will be premiering this poem and accompanying visuals—featuring an array of dancers, aerialists, and performers of all kinds—in three digital shorts directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, with creative direction from conference emcee Sarah Crowell.