series of three virtual screenings available for free on our website
Given the times we’re living in, we’re delighted to once again be able to offer online screening options for those who may not want or be able to attend in-person events. These films will become available on this page during the screening window, free of charge for the public around the world, except where noted otherwise (some films are geographically restricted).
I. Making Things Differently
September 9-18, 2021
Featuring films from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., and France, this screening might give you something to think about. This screening was specially curated around a theme: making things differently. Films on this program have stepped outside the proverbial box, whether it’s in terms of the process of shooting or editing, theory or approach, or even subject matter. Departing from the norm is the norm and the departure point for this screening. Note: The film They Dance With Their Heads is only available for residents of the USA.
This screening runs approximately 100 minutes. A strobe light is present in one film; please contact us with questions.
2020 / United States / 3 min
The subtle movement of a dancer’s arms invites three panels of film into one frame in this micro-symphony of sounds and images in which the changing light evokes the passing of times. Human and non-human, interior and exterior co-exist in this highly improvisational yet serendipitous portrait of a changing Seattle in late August under a fire-choked sun. Co-authored by Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker and Reed O’Beirne on the same Bolex 16mm camera with a lens masked to subdivide the frame of the film roll into thirds. Collaborating to subdivide a 16mm film frame into thirds, the three filmmakers present their separately-shot-segments simultaneously within one spatial plane. From the interplay of these three points of view, emerges a cinematic conversation based on a horizontal compositional logic within the shared frame. This combined connotative-relationship between the subframes evokes a spectacle of fractured spatial and temporal perspective. Emily Durand’s choreography is designed to accommodate her performance for a
film that’s edited entirely in-camera.
Gestures That Bind
2020 / Canada / 5 min
In a feeling of communion with nature, an herbalist ruminates about the practice of braiding strings from vegetable fibers. She connects with her ancestors through her gestures, experiencing the body and nature in a deeply connected relationship.
Pretty Little Dance
2020 / United States / 5 min
What if every time you do something, you have to do it again? And what if someone is looking?
They Dance With Their Heads
2021 / Canada / 8 min
This film is restricted to viewers in the USA
The severed head of a choreographer is held captive by an eagle on a desert island. With a dazzling mastery of drawing and painting, this animated short unexpectedly takes us into the sensitive world of an artist madly in love with dance.
2020 / Canada / 8 min
Faced by the global pandemic and reawakening of racism, a performer dedicates a moment for personal catharsis through movement.
2021 / Brazil / 1 min
Kauã dances in the hill, like a bird of prey.
The Ocean on My Fourth Floor
2020 / United States / 4 min
The Ocean on My Fourth Floor is a dance film about how I feel at home during this pandemic: protected, caught, transfixed, looking for acceptance of the situation, creating the peaceful moments I need.
2020 / United Kingdom / 12 min
Strings explores the rich possibilities for connection, communication and creative expression through dance. Bringing together Barrowland Ballet’s dance artists and young people with complex needs, Strings celebrates children’s ability to take the lead and express themselves physically.
And After, It’s the Carnival (Et Après, C’est le Carnaval)
2020 / France / 52 min
A week at the Fleury-Mérogis Remand Center confronts us with the challenge of conceiving the condition of an inmate as a terrain of adventure. Combining bodily exercises, true and false stories, a confusion is created between the prison situation and a fiction imagined with the inmates. Out of step with the predominant machismo, using dance as a tool of inner escape, the prisoners gradually experience the pleasure of sensation. A trust is woven, a soft bond emerges.
II. Nurturing Our Roots
October 14-23, 2021
This screening features an opening short, followed by a feature length documentary. This screening was specially curated around a theme: nurturing our roots, as both films deal with the idea of the roots of a dance form, and how they continue to evolve in our world today. Note: The film Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance is only available for residents of Colorado, USA.
This screening runs approximately 105 minutes. Accessibility: some films available with closed captions and audio descriptions, when possible.
The Nangiarkoothu Artist
2020 / India/United States / 12 min
The Nangiarkoothu Artist is a portrait dance film that uses a multi-narrative approach of traditional storytelling and a staged dance performance to create a poetic profile of a young Nangiarkoothu artist, who practices and teaches a 2000 year old Sanskrit dance/theatre art form in Kerala, India. The audience is invited to become part of the dancer’s world and leave with a new awareness of an art form so ancient and yet little known to the larger world.
Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance
2020 / United States / 95 min
This film is restricted to viewers in Colorado, USA
The history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance. The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity. It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.
That’s all, folks! We hope you enjoyed the screening. If you have a moment, please take our audience survey to tell us which films were your favorites.
III. Shifting the Perspective
November 4-13, 2021
Featuring films from the U.S., France, and Indonesia, this screening might change the way you look at things. This screening was specially curated around a theme: shifting the perspective. Films on this program reposition the viewer in relation to the work, the film in relation to dance cinema, and the artist in relation to the community. They tell stories, dialogue with landscapes, deglamorize dance, and bring us forward and backward in time.
This screening runs approximately 105 minutes. A strobe light is present in one film. Accessibility: some films available with closed captions and audio descriptions, when possible.
Will You Be OK Without Me? (and other stories)
2021 / United States / 14 min
A screendance anthology weaving together stories of 2020: A man waits out the pandemic and to be reunited with his wife. A rabid Karen terrorizes her community. Reality TV contestants quarantine together for a shot at love. A forbidden dinner party materializes spontaneously.
2020 / United States / 13 min
Set in an enigmatic space containing a bathtub, we initially see an interplay between the water and each dancer as they tentatively touch, experience, and immerse themselves in it. Filmed on location in a warehouse in St. Paul Minnesota, the dancers eventually transcend the confines of the tub to the floor of the space. Moving deftly between the pillars they jump, run, and sway. This work creates a world that is unfettered and unconcerned with glamourising dance. We see dirt on the dancer’s feet and underwear riding up, its presence grounding us in the moment on screen.
2021 / United States / 4 min
Flood is a depiction of time and its build in spacial dynamics. Showing moments of interaction that dwell in surreal forms of suspension.
2020 / United States / 8 min
In lieu of an improvisation by three musicians and a dancer in front of a live audience, Some Day transpired in a New Orleans bar in September of 2020 to an audience of bottles, tables, and instruments.
2020 / France / 17 min
In the moorland, a young lady walks to the place where she can hide her secrets and face her phantoms.
2019 / United States / 4 min
The music and dance video Swarm Raid is a surreal trip to the grocery store inspired by an army ant swarm raid.
The Wonder Years
2020 / United States / 3 min
Set in the extraordinary years of the 2020s, “The Wonder Years” looks both back and forward through the eyes of Eli, the oldest of five children in the Motley family, on the tribulations and joys of growing up in the United States as a twenty something black male. With music by Laurence Hobgood, the low-fi anti-tech home movie style of the work is a nod to classic 80’s sitcoms with an open, unapologetic, and ultimately vulnerable journey filled with all the feels and even some much-needed levity.
2020 / United States / 3 min
A dancer is shot from 16 camera angles and edited at a disturbing rate. And then suddenly, nothing happens. Intrigued? Watch on.
2021 / United States / 18 min
An Apology follows a man who has lost touch with what matters most – real human connection. As he goes through the motions of furniture shopping, we get a glimpse into his imagination, filled with movement and dance. Danielle Agami’s narration tackles emotions that stem from our collective isolation, what it means to be an immigrant artist in America, and highlights the spiritual sacrifices we make when we cling to damaging ideals dictated by modern society.
Fallen Memories (Kenangan yang Berjatuhan)
2020 / Indonesia / 10 min
Waking up to an alternate reality, a man encounters an aged sewing machine and a batik left on the pedestal that arouses his desires. As he interacts with the batik, he struggles to break free from an invisible restraint and soon merges with its structure with graceful fluidity, finally free.
2020 / United States / 9 min
Through a dialogue between movement and landscape, Lazarus reflects on the objectification of the woman body in film. The famous quote by Edgar Allan Poe “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world” triggers a succession of falls and recoveries that escape the poetic by trying too hard to find it.