Another Song About the Sea

image: Jeremy Bessoff

April 2013


Written, directed: Jeremy Bessoff
Music: Keith Kusterer, Joshua Dumas

Stop-motion animated short explores the stalled domestic relationship of a dysfunctional couple. The characters' descent into the watery abyss becomes a metaphor for examining their relationship darkened by deep emotional turmoil.

London Underground Film Festival, Siskel Center, Nightingale

filed under sound, visual


image: David Amaral

March 2013 to March 2013


Crime and Punishment adapted as play with music by Kira Obolensky
directed by David Amaral
original music by Joshua Dumas

Performed by Caitlin Costello, Matthew Dealy, Amanda Jane Dunne, David Fink, Hannah Gomez, Mark Plonsky, Eunice Woods, Joe Zarrow, Joshua Dumas, Max Wirt

Performances on March 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8:00 PM
At Berger Coach House

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the Woods’breath

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

November 2012 to February 2013

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Starring Amy Barr, Monica Basile, Elizabeth Bergman, Daisy McKinlay, Nicole Morford, Jennifer Weber, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography by Kaitlyn Busbee, Chelsea Harrison, Alex Richard

Choreography by Fannie Hungerford, music by Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!
Coming Spring 2013.

filed under sound, visual, performance

the Floodplain

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

October 2012 to October 2012


A multichannel sound-and-video installation that explores the history of flooding in Iowa City. First exhibited at Public Space One, October 2012.

filed under sound, visual, words

Mirrors Are Just Water Specified

February 2012 to May 2012

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Inspired by the photography of Francesca Woodman

Starring Nicole Morford, with Elizabeth Bergman, Sarah Carusona, Emily Hinkler, Mareva Minerbi, Jennifer Pray, Samuel Summer, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography: Kaitlyn Busbee, Alex Richard, Joshua Dumas
Production assistance: Katie Hargrave

Choreography: Fannie Hungerford, music: Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!

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Pieces of the Storm

image: Keith B. Evans

December 2009 to March 2012


A podcast. Joshua Dumas reads poems that he likes, set to original compositions.

Selections range from through-out the twentieth century, featuring poems by Matthew Dickman, Li-Young Lee, Mary Oliver, David Wojahn, Katie Ford and more.

Subscribe via iTunes.

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I Am Saying This Right Now

image: Lindsay Verstegen

January 2012 to February 2012


Inspired by the work of Tony Schwartz, I Am Saying This Right Now is a mix of memories, scenes, and sound art exploring the human compulsion to document our lives.

Conceived and edited by: Kaitlin Byrd.

Directed by: Paul Kastner & Kim Miller.

Written by: Sid Branca, Kaitlin Byrd, Jeff Duhigg, Joshua Dumas, James Dunn, Paul Kastner, Brian Michael Lucas, Layne Manzer, Sara McCarthy, Ian Miller, Lindsay Verstegen, Andrea Wallace, and Jessica Wright Buha.

filed under sound, performance, words

Some Girls Never Learn

image: Jerzy Rose

June 2011 to June 2011


Jerzy Rose‘s first feature film, which premiered at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, winning both the Audience Choice and the Made in Chicago awards.

Starring Jared Larson, Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Emily Irvine, Halle Butler, Chris Sullivan. Cinematography by Lori Felker. Music by Joshua Dumas. Written and directed by Jerzy Rose.

A university has found the leg bone of Amelia Earhart. A high school science teacher travels to the underworld to bring back his girlfriend. Animals are arranging themselves into concentric circles. Assumptions are made and hearts are broken.

filed under sound

Telling of the Bees

January 2011 to May 2011


The Telling of the Bees is abstract dance-theatre piece exploring the story of Claire, a woman trapped in a distracting world of screens, cell phones and status updates – and whose home is infiltrated by a swarm of honeybees. Claire’s fate and the fate of the bees are ultimately tied together, as the bees confront, interrupt, aggravate, guide and care for Claire through her everyday life.

Created by Michelle Milne, with Lindsay Nance, Joshua Dumas, and Ben Jacobs. Music by Joshua Dumas.

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The City in Which

image: Marianna Milhorat

April 2011 to April 2011


The City in Which is an expanded cinema project based on Chicago poet Li-Young Lee’s “The City In Which I Love You”.

Joshua Dumas and Christy LeMaster distributed fresh rolls of 16mm film to a dozen experimental filmmakers, asking them to respond to the poem and to their own experience of living and making in Chicago. The resulting footage is spliced into a combined short accompanied by a live reading of the poem by Joshua, a performance built from and informed by the filmmakers’ images.

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Joshua Dumas is a composer, sound artist, filmmaker, and writer, working in multiple media.

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