Bay Area Shorts

SFDFF continues its annual tradition of supporting local artists with this closing night celebration of dance, film, and community.

Featuring twenty-one short dance films by Bay Area and Northern California artists, the two-part program will also feature a live performance by the polyrhythmic, multidisciplinary San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble La Mezcla.


Program includes live performance by La Mezcla

Program Info

Runtime: 118 minutes

Sunday, November 6 @ 6:30pm

Venue: Brava Theater

$25 General Admission

Program Films


Been Lovin' You, Robin Dekkers, Benjamin Tarquin
A joyful ode to the San Francisco Bay Area!
Robin Dekkers, Benjamin Tarquin, Benjamin Freemantle
Robin Dekkers
(United States, 2022) 4:37 minutes

Been Lovin’ You

Eclipse Del Amor, Naomi Garcia Pasmanick
A photographer meets a beautiful woman and is reminded of their love affair from a lifetime ago.
Naomi Garcia Pasmanick
Naomi Garcia Pasmanick
(United States, 2021) 5:29 minutes

Eclipse Del Amor

Come To Life, Olivia Evans
Five dancers embody a selection of visual art.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
(United State, 2022) 6:15 minutes

Come to Life

Resuscitation, Simon Stewart
An attempt to breathe life into the current, dire human need for resuscitation through art.
Simon Stewart
(United States, 2021) 11:11 minutes


As Big As The Sky, Lindsay Clipner
A deep desire to return to the imaginative soul we were born to be inspires a new and colorful transparency as we age.
Lindsay Clipner
Katerina Eng Beckman
(United States, 2022) 3:30 minutes

As Big as the Sky

Am I, I Am; Samantha Matsumoto
Am I dreaming, or is life but a dream?
Samantha Matsumoto
Samantha Matsumoto
(United States, 2022) 3:20 minutes

Am I ? I Am

Two Suns, Lauren Marie Godla
A performance capture from a river-born, vertical dance performance.
Lauren Marie Godla
Lauren Marie Godla
(United States, 2022) 4:23 minutes

Two Suns

Turfin, Latiece Brown
Get a glimpse into the world of a unique, Bay Area street movement - Turf Dancing.
Latiece Brown
Dopey Fresh, Lotus, Intricate, G.B
(United States, 2020) 7:56 minutes

Why I Turf

Eleven Degrees Of Freedom, Jonathan Bachrach
A unique fusion of robotics and choreography resulting in surprising grace.
Jonathan Bachrach
Jonathan Bachrach
(United States, 2022) 3:16 minutes

Eleven Degrees of Freedom

Cycles, Hannah Young
A lone mover finds herself trapped in the same scenarios over and over again.
Hannah Young
Hannah Young
(United States, 2021) 3:52 minutes


Emergence, Alexander Reneff, Olson Valentina, Reneff Olson
A depiction of artists leaving isolation.
Alexander Reneff-Olson, Valentina Reneff-Olson
Myles Thatcher, Sasha De Sola
(United States, 2022) 3:52 minutes



Part Two opens with a short live performance by La Mezcla
I Don't Need a Reason, Luke Willis
Lady Camden, Rupaul's Drag Race Season 14 finalist, reflects on what compels her to dance.
Luke Willis
Myles Thatcher
(United States, 2022) 3:00 minutes

I Don’t Need A Reason

KQED, Sean Dorsey Dance - Dream Big
A heartfelt call to trans and nonbinary people to claim their right to a life they love.
Lindsay Gauthier
Sean Dorsey
(United States, 2022) 9:49 minutes

Sean Dorsey Dance: Dreaming Trans & Quee...

La Bruja De Mori, Jocelyn Margaret Reyes
A witch’s curse makes moves at Mori Point.
Jocelyn Margaret Reyes
Jocelyn Reyes, Jessica Bozzo, Erin Yen
(United States, 2021) 4:30 minutes

La Bruja De Mori

Rada, Joaquin Bear
A short film directed by Joaquin Bear.
Joaquin Bear
Lucia Flexer-Marshall
(United States, 2022) 2:37 minutes


The Future Is Worn, Adrian Rojas Elliot
A short, music-driven fable where a voyager named Sol finds freedom from isolation.
Adrian Rojas Elliot
Melissa Schade
(United States, 2022) 3:45 minutes

The Future is Worn

SEEN, Kim Moran
A story of identity, SEEN explores gender dysphoria, depression, and the power of visibility.
Kim Moran
Kim Moran
(United States, 2022) 5:25 minutes


Monumental; Stephanie Sherman, Melissa Castro, Aitana Galaviz
What would it look like if Mexican society cared as much for female bodies as it does for its monuments?
Stephanie Sherman, Melissa Castro, Aitana Galaviz
Stephanie Sherman, Melissa Castro
(Mexico, 2022) 6:46 minutes


The Water Poem, Ram- Dass Khalsa Karin, Shimoyama Ramona Kelley
The Water Poem shares one person’s memories of love and relationships over time, recognizing how beautifully everything is connected.
Ram Dass Khalsa, Karin Shimoyama, Ramona Kelley
Ramona Kelley, Weston Krukow
(United States, 2021) 6:01 minutes

The Water Poem

Chrysalis Interrupted, Fred Aube, Alberto Gutiérrez
In a moving interpretation of force and vulnerability, Chrysalis Interrupted advocates that it is not the culmination of our mutation process that strengthens us but rather the sum of our failures, chains and struggles.
Fred Aube, Alberto Gutiérrez
Fanny Ara
(United States, 2022) 2:41min

Chrysalis Interrupted

Mami Wata, Afia H. Thompson
Mami Wata is the sacred water deity that shifts between genders.
Afia H Thompson
Afia Thompson, Nafi Thompson, Shawn Hawkins, Bianca Mendoza
(United States, 2020) 7:30 minutes

Mami Wata

Hello Hello On Fire, Pete Lee
How do I release myself from a history I don’t want to keep reliving?
Pete Lee
Natasha Adorlee
(United States, 2022) 5:09 minutes

Hello, Hello on Fire