We’ve just wrapped another short film which will premiere as part of Thodos Dance Chicago’s 2016 winter concert beginning Saturday, February 20th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and continuing March 5th at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  The film features Melissa Thodos,  Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Robyn Mineko […]

Second Stories-Part 1

Big thanks to the incomparable Ms Natalie Tursi for burning this out with me today! Looking forwards to “Part 2” with the always awesome Robert McKee! *Photography/Direction/Choreography: CK Olsen *Production Company: Kai Harding


Presenting DAYLIGHT featuring the immensely talented Danielle Scanlon! *Photography/Direction/Choreography: CK Olsen *Production Company: Kai Harding *Music: Courtesy Killer Tracks ( ©2013 Kai Harding, Inc.


Feeling the autumn chill? Warm up with Danielle Scanlon & Brian Hare in SUNRISE. Photography/Direction/Editorial: CK Olsen Production Company: Kai Harding Music: Courtesy Killer Tracks ( Hair/Makeup: Paula Weese Wardrobe: H Stance ©2013 Kai Harding, Inc


We’re less than a week from the broadcast premiere of TWO new films  from filmmaker Chris Olsen ! The first film, SHINE, is a half-hour documentary which captures a visceral portrait of the creativity and choreographic process that gave rise to the Thodos Dance Chicago story ballet by Melissa Thodos and Ann Reinking called A […]

Gingarte Capoeira – Batizado 2013

We were able to spend some ARTSIDERS time with Gingarte Capoeira for their 2013 Batizado, and loved every minute of it… see some of the highlights from this amazing event below!


Dancer Natalie Tursi’s on a mission … TURSI * Featuring: Natalie Tursi * * Photography/Direction/Editorial: CK Olsen * * Production Company: Kai Harding * * Music: Kenya Nelson & Thomas Coster Jr. * * Wardrobe: Beth Laske-Miller * Hair/Makeup: Paula Weese * Tech Notes: Filmed in 5K with Red Epic-X & Nikon Lenses ©2012 Kai […]


And now… the incomparable Sarah Schmitt… Featuring: Sarah Schmitt * Photography/Direction/Editorial: CK Olsen * Production Company: Kai Harding * Music: Devin Bronson * Tech Notes: Filmed in 5K with Red Epic-X * Pro Prime Lenses.


Working with dancer Robert McKee is always time well spent… (Featuring: Robert McKee * Photography/Direction/Editorial: CK Olsen * Production Company: Kai Harding * Music: Danny McCarthy * Tech Notes: Filmed in 5K with Red Epic-X & Pro Prime Lenses

The “Karl Dahl and the Golden Cube” POSTER!

While we finish preparing for the summer 2011 premiere of Karl Dahl and the Golden Cube, I thought you might enjoy a peek at the POSTER!


In honor of the Chicago Premiere of the Ann Reinking / Melissa Thodos  story ballet “The White City” we’ve just posted the first Teaser Trailer for our film “Beneath The White City Lights” which documents the making of this incredible new American dance treasure. Enjoy!


Here’s an animated short film introduction to one of my favorite characters, Ursula The Uber-Girl.  Now, I’ve been working with little toddler Ursula for more than twelve years, and she’s gone through a number of incarnations, from 2D, to 3D and back again, but she’s always been extremely dear to my heart, and its great to finally begin sharing her many […]


Unlike many filmmakers I’ve met, it’s pretty rare that I begin developing a film with a completed script in hand.  Blame it on my visual arts orientation, but most of my stories start out in my mind as a series of illustrative images with very little dialogue.  This is one of the reasons why I […]


This Sheraton Project was a blast… especially with Producer/Director Chris Olsen at the helm!  It’s always fun when you get to jump in at the beginning of a project, and we’re proud to have crafted this piece from initial concept and storyboards, all the way through the shoot, into VFX and post-production, and ending with […]


Yup… It’s official… FANCY will make its national premiere this June at the Little Rock Film Festival!  For those of you who DON’T already know, the LRFF is one of the coolest, and most “pro-filmmaker” fests out there, and if you get the chance you really should come out for the fun! Fancy will open the “Shorts Program […]