2012 Festival Archive
Delancey Screening Room
Personal Space(NETHERLANDS, 2010) 7min
Director: Altin Kaftira
Choreographer: Peter Leung
View Film An old couple lives its days in silent routine. The woman uses her imagination to journey to a special place, where she sees herself pure.
Director: Altin Kaftira
Choreographer: Toer Van Schayk
As Anatole returns from his dance rehearsals he hears music in the background, which takes him to a visualization of his dance while he confronts his state of mind.
Director: Ron Honsa
View Trailer Never Stand Stillexplores why dance matters as it transports the viewer into a world of non-stop dance, the daring artists who dedicate their lives to it, and the extraordinary place where it all happens – Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Director: Jessica Taylor & Aaron Buckley
View Film A dance between the vulnerability of flesh and the hard reality of science. At what cost do we suffer for our art?
Director: John T.Williams
View Film Black Train is Coming is based on the 1926 sermon, “Death’s Black Train is Coming” by Rev J.M Gates, one of the most prolific black preachers in the United States.
Director: Isabel Rocamore
View Trailer Set in the Normandy Landing geography and punctuated by testimonies of active-duty soldiers, a visceral military hand-to-hand combat is gradually deconstructed – inviting the viewer to engage in the relationship between intimacy and brutality.
Director: Olof Werngren
View Film Sweden’s largest independent dance institution, Skånes Dansteater, and the acclaimed Swedish band Gaby and the Guns stand behind the short film Bränner Staden. It is about a feeling of being trapped in a ”place” that feels smaller every day.
Director: Fabrice Herrault
View Trailer Ballerina Claude Bessy was a much-admired Étoile of the Paris Opera Ballet who also ran its prestigious school for decades. The film features rare vintage performance footage of the dancer and includes works by Gene Kelly, Serge Lifar, and Maurice Béjart.
Director: Mike Figgis
View Trailer Mike Figgis’ cinematographic adaptation of the dance performance by Ann Van den Broek. Women and flesh, beauty and perishableness, rawness and fragility. A delirious desire overwhelms the dancers. A desire for physical and mental satisfaction.
Director: Réka Szűcs “I have lived in time. I have thought about the beginning and the end. I have realized that I am not you.” —Peter Handke, “Self Accusation”
Director: Ricky & Jeffrey Kuperman
View Trailer A man with no memory fights to recognize his wife.
Director: Azul Sierra A hybrid film that mixes poetry with dance and movements, Into Minds explores the difference between two mindsets: a rigid mind that wants to control everything with absolute reason, and a mind that is connected to the heart, one that wants to be river, fount and flow.
Director: Simon Birman & Harel Kay
View Film An homage by dancer and singer Harel Kay to Ofra Haza, a famous Israeli singer of Yemenite origin who died in 2000.
Director: Javier Cardenete
Dr. Vega has a brand new patient: Diego. It seems he never leaves his room. All he does is paint and pin things to the wall, making lysergic worlds where he lives.
Director: Brian Oakes
An experimental dance film that utilizes motion-capture technology in a uniquely minimal manner.
Director: Alla Kovgan
An unsupervised tribe of seventy-five children takes over the entire city of New London, creating their rites and rituals through playing street games.
Director: RJ Muna
View Film A study of movement and physical architecture based on the symmetry of folding and unfolding figures.
Director: KT Niehoff
Set in the Fun Forest Amusement Park in Seattle, the heroine grapples with her outsider status in relationship to a go-go booted, lipstick-slinging Girl Gang.
Director: Nara Denning A mask carver of changing identity, forever driven to transformation by the “call of the heart.” This is the trial of a winded spirit, a meditation on the evolution of identity and also an examination of the pendulum swing within the secret heart of every woman and man.
Director: Amy “Catfox” Campion
Feet meet pavement at full speed as Danni G races down the sidewalk, flies over obstacles, and careens through crowds of dancers. Is he being pursued or is he in pursuit?
Director: Eli Rarey with Katherine Helen Fisher
Seven Dolors was created following the death of the dancer/choreographer’s uncle in the attacks of September 11th. Dolors is a sober, intimate window into the universality of the maternal grieving process.
Director: Sarah M. Barry
Within each room, dancers explore their surroundings and find different ways to confront their confinement.
Director: David Rousseve
View Trailer Weaving Indonesian dance, Sundanese music, and a true-life narrative of an immigrants journey, Two Seconds After Laughter creates a border-jumping dialogue on a universal irony: The heart longs most for the place to which it can never return…home.
Director: Satya Roosens
On a thin membrane between top and bottom, one is taken into a surreal and visual story.There is an underworld, a world under, which we do not see. It is not shown on the surface. Or is it?
Director: Alfredo Salomón
A humorous reflection on the liberty of human beings.
Director: Kate Duhamel
Robin Cantrell and Mira Cook dance on the New York City skyline to an original song by Mira Cook.
Film Society Cinema
Director: Bob Hercules
View Trailer Weaving a wealth of rare archival footage, photographs and interviews with Joffrey star dancers and dance commentators, Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance chronicles the full story of the company, from its founding in 1956 to the present.