Dances for Camera

In celebration of International Dance Day and Bay Area National Dance Week, SFDFF and San Francisco Public Library will present highlights from the 2015 festival, including award-winning screendance shorts and Let’s Get The Rhythm, a 53-minute documentary by Bay Area filmmaker Irene Chagall chronicling girls’ hand-clapping games on inner-city playgrounds and around the world, from every continent and many islands in between. Three eight-year-olds from diverse cultural backgrounds in the greater New York area charm viewers with their personal insights as they learn, share, and eventually outgrow the tradition.

While drawing attention to the social importance of girls’ games, the documentary showcases archival footage from far-flung locations, even ancient Egyptian reliefs, and includes footage by Alan Lomax and Laura Boulton. Folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes and ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt accentuate the beauty of the beat with choice observations on the empowering force of this genre on the lives of women. More Info.

Let’s Get The Rhythm: The Life and Times of Mary Mack

(USA, 2014) 53:00
Director: Irene Chagall & Steve Zeitlin
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Thursday, April 28, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California 94102
Free and open to the public



SFDFF on the Road, Audience Favorites (AF15)

Audience Favorites (AF15)

A selection of our 2015 festival’s most popular screendance shorts. This is a compilation of accessible, creatively-infused, and beauty-laden shorts, perfect for a diverse audience– from new dance discoverer, to sophisticated aficionado. View program details.

Let's Get the Rhythm, Dances for Camera at SF Public Library
Special thanks to the FRIENDS of the San Francisco Public Library