SSF Jazz!

two jazz film screenings give a look at our 19th season!

Boulder, Colorado

  • Saturday, July 23 at 12pm
  • at University of Colorado Boulder
  • $15 ($10 for BJDW participants)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Sunday, October 23 at 12:15pm
  • at ShowPlace ICON Theatres at the West End
  • tickets available soon

This season we’re offering a screening of our new selections from our first-time-ever Jazz Dance category, including films that explore jazz and American social dance ideas from forms including but not limited to tap and hip-hop styles. Crafted in collaboration with Rhythmically Speaking Dance and our new friends at Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, this selection encourages artists to join the ongoing conversation around ‘what constitutes jazz and American social dance,’ and the sociocultural histories of and innovations in these styles. Don’t miss your chance to see these films before anyone else, and catch a Q&A with presenting artists!

in partnership with
Rhythmically Speaking Dance logo

Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, July 23 at 12pm

in collaboration with
Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop logo

University of Colorado
Charlotte York Irey Theatre
(University Theatre Building)

261 UCB
Boulder, CO 80302

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunday, October 23 at 12:15pm

in collaboration with
Twin Cities Film Festival logo

ShowPlace ICON Theatres
at the West End

1625 West End Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

This screening runs approximately 90 minutes.

Moses Supposes

2021 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Nic Petry
Produced by The American Dance Machine for 21st Century, Nikki Feirt Atkins
Choreography by Caleb Teicher
Original Choreography by Gene Kelly
Videography and Editing by Dancing Camera
Music by Roger Edens
Dancing by CK Edwards, Richard Yoder, Demi Remick, Jabu Graybeal, Caleb Teicher, Eric Decaminada, Dexter Jones

A diverse cast of New York City dancers reimagines tap in the city with this updated take on “Moses Supposes” from Singin’ in the Rain. Music used by permission.

a dark skinned dancer leans far forward, as if falling

Melanin Vibes

2021 / United States / 3 min

Directed by Fredrick Germany
Produced by Creative Discipline Studios
Choreography by Cyrian Reed
Dancing by Jeffrey Wilson-Boykin and KydSteez, Gabriella Bridgmon, Izabella Bridgmon, Desirre Brown, Shanivan Epps, Semya Ogeare: derFmania

watch the trailer

Melanin Vibes is the discovery and conscious awareness of your skin and being proud of the layers of your existence. Recognizing and reframing the perception of how others view individual layers of talents. This piece also explores movement variations in connection to the fusion of various genres of dances that are solely driven by musical composition.

Play-Doh

2022 / United States / 2 min

Directed by Chris Bedan
Produced by Chris Bedan, Ricky Perry
Dancing by Ricky Perry
Music composed and performed by Carmen Sandim

Play-Doh, released in 2019, is an original Jazz album composed and arranged by Carmen Sandim. Ricky Perry wanted to experiment with dancing while having a musician perform by his side. Two different art forms coming together to create a performance that, maybe, isn’t seen on screen that often. This film expresses vulnerability and you get to see how the music creates the atmosphere for the dance for the audience to see.

a mirrored image of five dancers leaning to their left

Rube G.

2021 / United States / 6 min

Directed by Jody Oberfelder
Choreography by Jody Oberfelder
Featuring Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects
Music composed by Frank London
Animation by Eric Siegel

Rube G. brings to light how things (and people) connect. Inspired by Rube Goldberg, the object artist, and inventory, Oberfelder selected 100 clips of dancers and regular people who were given direct prompts: spin, pop up, drop down, leap, fall, etc. Oberfelder assembled these into a five-minute film, wherein one action bumps, slides, or unfolds into the next.

a man in red pants and a colorful jacket sits on a wide, padded staircase

Surrender

2021 / Bulgaria / 15 min

Produced and Directed by Kosta Karakashyan
Choreography by Kosta Karakashyan
Featuring Studio Karakashyan

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Surrender is a poetic documentary that highlights four of the most captivating Bulgarian male dancers (Krastyo Metodiev, Remi Toin, Nikola Hadjitanev & Svetoslav Seropyan) and lifts the curtain on who they are and why they dance. Combining their original performances with first-person documentary accounts, the film traces each man’s personal relationship with dance to understand how it interacts with the idea of masculinity in Bulgarian society.

a woman in pajamas and a man in sparkly suspenders embrace in a small apartment

If

2021 / United States / 5 min

Directed by Elizabeth Troxler, Tim Fuchs
Produced by Allongé Films
Choreography by Elizabeth Troxler

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Woman awakes for midnight snack and is seduced by the food in her fridge that has come to life.

in a dance studio, a woman places her hand on the upper back of a man with a mustache

Blue Monday

2019 / Spain / 6 min

Directed by Andrew Margetson
Choreography and Dancing by Agnes Sales Martin and Hector Plaza Hernandez

Blue Monday tells the story of a relationship – mutual support, aggression, shifting power and resolution all play their part in a compellingly original piece created in one fluid shot in a sunny dance studio in Barcelona.

a joyful looking woman in a jean jacket raises her finger in the air while walking past an open shop on a city street

Yacht Club Swing

2019 / United Kingdom / 5 min

Produced and Directed by Silvia Cherneva
Choreography by Angela Andrew
Featuring Cookie’s Jam Productions

Yacht Club Swing is a pedestrian study of an all-too-poeticised question: the regeneration of cities and what happens to those who were there before.

a photo of a tap shoe in sunset light

Trax

2022 / Canada / 40 min

Directed by Lisa La Touche
Featuring Lisa La Touche, Mpoe Mogale, Cheryl Foggo
Cinematography by Joel Varjassy
Sound Design by Joel Varjassy

A Tap Dancer returns from Harlem to her home province of Alberta, Canada and discovers unknown Tap Dance ancestors which sends her on a journey exploring the borderless Black History unimaginable right underneath her feet.