2014 Film Selections
We are pleased to announce our selections for the 2014 festival, November 6-9 at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Join us as the festival celebrates its fifth anniversary season with 70 dance films from around the world, including the premieres of three new films from our 2014 Co-Laboratory.
Director: Kimberly Warner
Choreographer: Emily Bartha
View Trailer Standing on the threshold between innocence and experience, a young ballerina teeters between light and dark, order and chaos. “9” is a coming of age tale about the mysterious and sometimes frightening initiations that usher us into our becoming.
Director: Stephanie Salts
Choreographer: Stephanie Salts What if your shoes could tell your story for you?
Director: Rodrigo Rocha-Campos
Choreographer: Lisa Ho
View Trailer Death and rebirth, future and the past, beginning and the end. You and I in a full circle.
Director: Lily Baldwin
Choreographer: Lily Baldwin
View Trailer Fall into the exhilarating story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh told through her own writing as she comes of age, meets Charles Lindbergh, and experiences flight in more ways than one.
Director: Max Zachrisson
Choreographer: Max Zachrisson
View Trailer A man finds himself alone in the Staatstheater Nürnberg, his lonely experience becoming a joyful one.
Director: RJ Muna
Choreographers: Katherine Helen Fisher, Natalie Lomont A film based on the lifelong experience of two women from birth to death.
Director: Rusch Meyer Diving through the mind’s eye … sifting debris of the splintering conscious … lurking in chambers of hope and memory …. spark ignites the other in self … stealing dominion in fragile reality … both collide … who shall prevail?
Director: Nicole Seiler
Choreographer: Nicole Seiler
View Trailer Audio description makes films accessible to visually impaired audiences by describing the visual elements of the work. By removing the visual elements of film, one can conjure an imaginary dance.
Director: Blair Brown
Choreographers: Blair Brown, Ildiko Polony At Close Distance reflects on the close, and yet sometimes distant, interactions between human beings in a crowded San Francisco.
Director: Sam Asaert Stop and pause for a moment. Behold and reflect upon the static beauty, dying movements leave in their wake. Experience the worlds of dance as never before.
Director: Wilkie Branson
Choreographer: Wilkie Branson
View Trailer Nestled between the security of home and the unknown of a wider world a young man and his guardian exchange a dialogue of movement, as he longs to venture into the unknown. Drawn to leave this place of sanctity but yearning to stay.
Director: John Kirkscey
Choreographers: LaShonte Anderson, Rafael Ferreras, Dylan G-Bowley, Jonathan Gaston
View Trailer Two Memphis jookers (urban dancers) and two ballet dancers fuse their dance styles to a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop beats and cello at a famous Memphis juke joint.
Director: Duncan McDowall
Choreographer: Duncan McDowall Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World’ is put into motion, and explores how bio-electricity galvanizes into discovering muscular intelligence.
Director: Dieu Hao Do
Choreographer: Jiri Bubenicek An intimate portrait of Czech ballet twins Jiří and Otto Bubeníček as they step outside their roles as world class dancers and explore their relationship as brothers.
Director: Sharon Leahy
Choreographer: Sharon Leahy
View Trailer Stepping back and in time. The roots run deep. Feel the power of rhythm to call us together.
Director: Kevin Jenkins
Choreographer: Kevin Jenkins Dancers take a step back in time to the styles of Charlie Chaplin.
Director: Boris Seewald Three performances are brought together as one conducts the movement of the other two.
Director: Michelle Fletcher
Choreographer: Michelle Fletcher
View Trailer Dan’s House features revered modern dance choreographer Dan Wagoner, at his 18th century home with three guests and their activities on a summer day in rural Romney, West Virginia.
Director: Cristina Molino
Choreographer: Samuel Retortillo Ella and Eric live an intense and heartbreaking love story. A promise will make it last forever.
Director: Justin Tipping
Choreographer: Natasha Adorlee Johnson An urban take on the Pinocchio tale; what happens when creation comes to life outside the factory? Directed by Justin Tipping, Amp Live is a musical Gepetto wandering the mannequin factory scouring for parts. He takes his mannequin to the desert and imagination soars in this fantastical world.
Director: Kate Duhamel
Choreographer: Yuri Zhukov “Dirge” is a modern interpretation of a funeral dance. Commissioned and broadcast as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts series.
Director, Making Of: Eric Seals
Director, Short Film: David Anderson
Choreographer: Preston Miller
View Trailer Accompanying the short film, “Enemy Within” is a short documentary that captures the production of the film which rehearsed and shot in just three days. From the first rehearsal to the last take, watch how the creators of “Enemy Within” came together to make the film that follows.
Director: RJ Muna
Choreographer: Jodi Lomask “Flock” is a segment of Capacitor’s show ‘biome’. It was inspired by Craig Reynold’s rules of flocking: Don’t bump into another, keep up with your neighbors, and don’t stray.
Directors: Sima Gonsai, Babis Alexidis
Choreographer: Lee Fisher Freefall Dance Company is the only company in the UK that is comprised of performers with learning disabilities. The dancers’ unique imaginations allow choreographers and filmmakers to explore new creative possibilities.
Gaia(Australia, 2014) 14:47
Directors: Erin Fowler, Nick Graalman
Choreographer: Erin Fowler
View Trailer Mother Earth is struggling for survival in an increasingly degraded and urbanised planet. “Gaia” uses the evocative blend of movement, music and film to highlight this reality and remind us of our kinship with planet earth.
Directors: Albert Girard, Chantal Caron
Choreographer: Chantal Caron This film is a metaphorical piece about death and the perpetual cycle of life. Set along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, the drifting blocks of ice caught in the river’s current represent the flow of time.
Director: Mitchell Rose
Choreographer: Bebe Miller An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each shoot one second of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller.
Director: Oren Shkedy
Choreographer: Dana Ruttenberg
View Trailer “Glove Story” explores the notion of personal space and the all-too-often invasion into it. What are the psychological, physical and social repercussions of treating borders as mere suggestions? This question echoes much stronger in the political climate of the Middle East and of our times.
Director: Chris Turner
Choreographer: George Williamson “Hallowed” is a short film based on Dante’s Inferno, and was commissioned by (and features dancers from) the English National Ballet.
Director: Adi Halfin
Choreographer: Tamir Eting Featuring the Bat Sheva Dance Company ensemble, this short film imparts an atmosphere of “parental absence” as the dancers make creative use of the space – an abandoned building, combining planned and improvised choreography.
Director: Harm Weistra
Choreographer: Fernando Dominguez
View Trailer “Intrinsic Moral Evil” seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the dancers play a game with the viewer’s perception: is it a memory, a dream? Is it about losing of friendship? The layered story invites the audience to make its own interpretation.
Director: Andrew Morgan
Choreographer: Kent Boyd
View Trailer A story about You and Me, before and after love.
Directors: Thomas Pollard, Nathan Smith
Choreographer: Alisdair Macindoe The last man on Earth sat alone in a room as three boys spend a sleep over telling each other scary stories. A cross over occurs between a fictional man’s life in solitude and the future of one of the boy’s very own reality.
Director: Fabrice Herrault On the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s death, Fabrice Herrault has assembled an impressionistic tribute film that showcases this Byronic artist in some of his peerless early performances through archival footage, much of it previously unseen, revealing “Rudi” at the peak of his powers.
Director: Alan Lake
Choreographer: Alan Lake
View Trailer Exploring issues of life, death and the ephemeral, “Là-bas, le lointain” examines the fleeting traces we leave behind.
Directors: Marianne Kim, Cheng-Chieh Yu
Choreographer: Cheng-Chieh Yu
View Trailer Shot in Guangzhou, China “Martiality, Not Fighting” follows a young dancer performing the role of conscientious objector. He moves through the pedestrian and the abstract to deliberate the question “to fight or not to fight.”
Director: Jopsu Ramu
Choreographer: Johanna Nuutinen
View Trailer Choreographer/dancer Johanna Nuutinen performs a solo piece, which is photographed from different points of view and set to a haunting original score.
Director: Altay Yildiz Why does one have to perform? In San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District, miles away from Flamenco’s motherland of Spain, five diverse women come together every month. They bring their stories, jaleos and expressive dancing to an intimate setting with one mission: to engage and transport their audience through Flamenco.
Director: Kate Duhamel
Choreographer: Michael Montgomery Two dancers make their way across San Francisco, exploring the rich colors, energy and movements of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
Director: Igor Krasik
Choreographer: Salah Benlemqawanssa
View Trailer Director Igor Krasik combines music, urban dance and motion graphics to create a stunning abstract composition as the he explores the idea of composing “Visual Music.”
Director: Giorgio Madia
Choreographer: Giorgio Madia
View Trailer Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” opens up a very sensual perception of nature inspired by the architecture of Therme Vals with its elements of stone, light and water.
Director: Boudewijn Koole
Choreographer: Jakop Ahlbom A dance film about a boy that says farewell to his mother.
Director: Joanna Nordahl
Choreographer: P*Fect Dance Company
View Trailer Swedish Voguing /Waacking company P*Fect explores the definition of perfection as a collaborative team of dancers and filmmakers aim to put a spotlight on breaking prejudices and dissolving gender stereotypes.
Director: Mimi Cave
Choreographers: Mimi Cave, Casey Avaunt Magic Man’s first music video is a mix of surrealist visual effects and dancers strewn across dreamlike landscapes. This video was shot in the Bay Area, with all local talent cast.
Director: Kate Geis
Choreographer: Paul Taylor
View Trailer Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and admired choreographers. For over 60 years, he has only given glimpses into his creative process. We witness a rare exploration of Taylor creating and a work ethic that has made some of the most iconic dances of our time.
Director: Dexandro “D” Montalvo
Choreographer: Dexandro “D” Montalvo As the debate around high-tech invasion of privacy rages, in the home of the tech revolution, a dancer explores the power and intimacy of Google Glass as we see the world through his eyes.
Directors: Eric Garcia, Kat Cole
View Trailer A woman in a fur coat encounters a voyeuristic yak.
Director: Paul Sarvis
Choreographer: Paul Sarvis
View Trailer A solo in a bare room conjures another presence—real, imagined, or remembered. Images of family, shelter, entrapment, youth and age collide and fold into one another.
Directors: Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman
Choreographers: Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman
View Trailer Trust dissolves between four factory workers under the unremitting surveillance of the management.
Directors: Andrea Lerner, Rosane Chamecki
Choreographer: chameckilerner In their new video Samba, the Brazilians Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner filmed a single samba dancer in extreme slow motion. What you see will change forever the way you perceive the body and it’s motion.
Director: Jason Jurgens
Choreographer: Dana Genshaft This music video for “The Generationals” tries to capture the beauty of ‘process’ and the idea that perfection is an illusion.
Directors: Victor Alves, Fernanda Abdo Three dancers that live the everyday of urban culture on the “favelas” of Belo Horizonte show their relationship with “Serra Agglomerate”—the largest of the city—through their dance, and reveal the architecture of alleys and slabs as being, also, a place for the artistic act.
Directors: Del Mak, Patrick Ryder
Choreographer: Del Mak Ever wanted to do something different? When life becomes a routine, step out of the ordinary and follow your dreams. Shift follows a white-collar worker who escapes the confines of his working environment, exploring & dancing freely through the outside world.
Director: Simona Deaconescu
Choreographer: Simona Deaconescu
View Trailer Five strangers are gathered in an unwelcoming space, fighting together for a way out, tired by their confused thoughts, trying to regain strength over their altered bodies. The camera bursts into the heart of the dance whilst the music copes with the cruelty and the fever of everyday warfare.
Directors: Ryan T. Smith, Wendy Rein, Lindsay Gauthier
Choreographers: Ryan T. Smith, Wendy Rein Part dance film and part music video, “since you went” follows the story of a couple where the passing of time, and the history of a relationship is measured in cups of coffee.
Director: Melanie D’Andrea View Trailer Through Krump, one dance crew takes a stand against the poverty and crime plaguing South Los Angeles.
Director: Erin Malley
Choreographer: Erin Malley
View Trailer ‘Steadfast Body, Marshmallow Heart’ follows an armless, legless mannequin as she pursues her dreams at dance class.
Director: William Lü
Choreographer: William Lü
View Trailer STILL tells a story about love, longing, and loss. Disjointed dialogues, empty embraces, and opposing desires impede the young man’s waking hours as he struggles to come to terms with their reality.
Director: Jackie Pare
View Trailer Warm, vivacious and chock-full of interviews with numerous dance artists and experts, as well as vintage and contemporary performance footage, Tap or Die addresses the undeniable triumphs and ongoing controversies within the tap dance field. It makes a lot of fundamental insider stuff accessible and appealing to a broad audience.
Director: Seeta Patel, Kamala Devam
Choreographer: Seeta Patel, Kamala Devam
View Trailer In a tick box society where identity has become a commodity, directors/choreographers Seeta Patel and Kamala Devam take a humorous look at how we as humans and artists are influenced by the expectations and definitions placed upon us. Who puts us in these boxes? Society, institutions, individuals or ourselves?
Director: Mark Adam
Choreographer: Julia Adam The Laws of Motion reveals underlying meaning in classical ballet. An expression of Newton’s Universe.
Director: Kersti Grunditz
Choreographer: Vincent Paterson
View Trailer Vincent Paterson is the choreographer who created defining moves for stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. He challenges the myth of self-destructive fame with his joy of creation, his tough work ethics and his personal integrity. He is an artist unknown to most people, whose work is seen by millions.
Director: Marites Carino
Choreographer: Tentacle Tribe
View Trailer Like two molecules unknowingly affecting one another in space, conceptual hip-hop dancers collide and share fleeting moments of intimate synchronicity on the streets of Montreal. Sucked into a choreographic time warp, viewers slowly realize things are not always as they seem.
Director: Baptiste Guiard, Rami Hassoun
Choreographer: Rami Hassoun An obsessive love story, danced and felt until dizziness.
Director: Jonah Einstein
Choreographer: Lara Wilson A boy-meets-girl, nature-meets-dance film that places ballet somewhere between human behavior and animal instinct.