Bay Area Shorts–Part 1

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

Featuring six short dance films by Bay Area and Northern California artists, this shorts program showcase the rich diversity of expression in the local community. From street corners to seaside cliffs and San Francisco’s highest hills, these artists push boundaries of form, style, and narrative in conversation with their incomparable Bay Area backdrop. Experience deeply personal emotional journeys, moving celebrations of culture and community, and abstractly evocative beauty in this collection of locally-rooted stories.

Featuring a live performance by Sean Dorsey Dance.

Program Sponsor: Dancers’ Group


Program Info

Runtime: 50 minutes

Sunday, October 8 @ 6:00pm

Venue: ODC Theater


Program Films

Dance to be Alive-Mushi Wooseong James
“Dance To Be Alive” delves into the journey of a maturing dancer and her profound connection with her body as she contemplates the essence of embracing movement with authenticity.
Mushi Wooseong James
Pei-Ling Kao
(Republic of Korea, 2023) 3:49 minutes

Dance to be Alive

Free!-Myles Thatcher, Carly Topazio
Through a collage of quietly expressive solos, intimate duets, and pulsating group sequences, “Free!” explores the humanity of what it means to be free.
Myles Thatcher, Carly Topazio
Myles Thatcher
(United State, 2022) 13:44 minutes


At Waters Edge-Sean Dorsey
Winding through rocky coves and dramatic cliff sides, “At Water’s Edge” juxtaposes trans and queer bodies in motion with water—mutable, flowing, and ever-transforming.
Sean Dorsey
Sean Dorsey
(United States, 2021) 3:30 minutes

At Water’s Edge

Verano Amoroso-Andrea Rodriguez
Based on a true story, “Verano Amoroso” follows two neighbors as they find love in el barrio, La Misión.
Andrea Rodriguez
Andrea Rodriguez, Amanda Marquez
(United States, 2022) 3:36 minutes

Verano Amoroso

Sites of Memory and Recovery-A Black San Francisco Story In Dance-Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin
Memory and place combine with movement and storytelling to unlock the nuances of the Black experience in San Francisco in “Sites of Memory and Recovery: A Black San Francisco Story in Dance.”
Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin
Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin
(United States, 2023) 9:41 minutes

Sites of Memory and Recovery: A Black Sa...

Bleach-Caleb Soon
In “Bleach,” a young man on the losing side of his battle with depression gradually falls deeper into dejection and isolation.
Caleb Soon
Devon Stone Johnson
(United States, 2023) 4:27 min