Art/Experimental Films


SFDFF is once again collaborating with Catharine Clark Gallery to expand the festival’s venues for presenting films that are suited for or were specifically made for a gallery experience.

OPENING RECEPTION at Catharine Clark Gallery: Friday, October 20, 5-8pm
Join us for a champagne reception and large-screen projection of the program. More Info

The films, directed by an international roster of filmmakers, with three receiving their US premiere, will be on continuous loop in the gallery’s media room from September 9-October 28. The program is presented in conjunction with artist Chris Doyle’s exhibition Hollow and Swell that coincides with the launch of BOX BLUR 2.0, a series of concerts, film screenings and conversations that explore performance outside the proscenium.

September 9–October 28, 2017

Catharine Clark Gallery | 248 Utah Street | San Francisco | CA | 94103
Hours: Tuesday – Friday | 11am – 6pm, ​Saturday | 11am – 5pm

Genome, Max Patté, Jeremy Brick, Loughlan Prior, San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2017


(New Zealand, 2016) 6:20 / US Premiere
Director: Loughlan Prior, Jeremy Brick | Choreographer: Loughlan Prior
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Inspired by Max Patté’s circular LightWorks, a series designed in response to the ancient study of man, anatomy, proportion, DNA and our connection to all things, Genome merges the raw canvas of the human body with digital design. An extreme physical language is performed by six dancers and combined with visual elements sourced from Patté’s works. The project shares a common thread through its exploration of ratio, color, texture, changing light, and dimension, simulating an environment as intricate as the human genome. With dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Art/Experimental 2017, The Sum of All Parts, Lukas Timulak, Peter Bilak

The Sum of All Parts

(Netherlands, 2017) 4:00 / US Premiere
Director: Lukas Timulak, Peter Bilak | Choreographer: Lukas Timulak

A playful short dance film connecting five dancers through geometry and geometric patterns creating a dynamic moiré effect.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Art/Experimental Films 2017, White Spirit, Director: Aude Thuries

White Spirit (Du blanc à l’âme)

(France, 2015) 26:00
Director: Aude Thuries

Avoid blanks in a conversation, it’s an art. Contrary to creating, which is a job, more precisely White’s job, a man with white clothes interferes in conversations at appropriate — or quite inconvenient — moments in order to disturb them.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Art/Experimental 2017, Womb, Director: Gilles Jobin


(Switzerland, 2016) 32:00 / US Premiere
Director/Choreographer: Gilles Jobin
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The latest work by Gilles Jobin is a 3D short film which marries stereoscopic images, dance, visual art and music. WOMB is an existential tracking shot, an abstract analogy of life’s journey that draws on the depth of space and the volume of bodies to trigger a contemplative and emotional response. The Swiss choreographer invited a number of leading contemporary artists to join him on his innovative adventure: Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury, the Belgian costume designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard, and Franz Treichler, frontman of the internationally acclaimed swiss rock band The Young Gods.