The 2017 San Francisco Dance Film Festival opens with a selection of dynamic international shorts, drawn from an exciting new crop of films that push the artform forward, redefining what is possible within the quickly evolving relationship between dance and the camera.
Includes Prosecco Welcome plus Post-Screening Festivities
Dancin’ the Camera(Netherlands, 2015) 8:48Director: Pieter-Rim de Kroon
A tap dancer’s adventure in the mechanical world of black-and-white film shot on an original 35mm camera made in the 1920s, the era when tap was all the rage. As well as being the lens into this world the camera is the set and a character, joining with a pianist to entice the dancer into a duet.
Blown Away(United States, 2017) 2:24Director: David MastersChoreographer: Dion Pratt
From the firing of the first electrons to the cosmic journey across space. Blown Away traces the genesis and impact of sound waves on a waiting listener.
Juliet, Juliet & Juliet(Sweden, 2017) 8:41Director: Giovanni BucchieriChoreographer: Giovanni Bucchieri
Dance super star Ana Laguna and acting legend Stina Ekblad meet with dancer, choreographer and director Giovanni Bucchieri in this expressive story about an unexpected meeting.
Cold Storage(Finland, 2016) 8:46Director: Thomas FreundlichChoreographer: Valtteri Raekallio
On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely ice fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the sea ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother. A wild all-night drinking and dancing party ensues.
The Spot(United States, 2017) 2:38Director: Ted ElyChoreographer: Karla Garcia
A group of men and women from different walks of life meet up at The Spot, where they groove and let loose to release the stress and negativity of everyday life.
The First Date(United States, 2016) 5:26Director: Mary John FrankChoreographer: Mary John Frank
Despite the awkward small talk, disagreements, and their own destructive tendencies, Natalie and David show up for their first date and discover that they actually make excellent partners in crime.
Take Your Time(United States, 2017) 4:49Director: Max Sachar, Natasha Adorlee JohnsonChoreographer: Natasha Adorlee Johnson
Take Your Time is a raw and powerful performance art piece, that explores the concept of time & relationships by following a duet as they navigate complex obstacles and spaces.
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Persecuta(United States, 2017) 2:23Director: Martin & Facundo LombardChoreographer: Martin & Facundo Lombard
A new powerful dance scene by the Lombard Twins.
Kick Jump Twist(United States, 2017) 4:29Director: Mimi CaveChoreographer: Danielle Agami
Official music video for Sylvan Esso’s ‘Kick Jump Twist’ starring Gary Reagan of Ate9 Dance Company.
In Essential Drop(Italy, 2016) 1:02Director: Gabriele Rizzi
It is from an “Essential Drop” that something unique and original can emerge. The drop as source of life that changes its shape and a show that celebrates the art of essence.
Lovebytes(United Kingdom, 2014) 3:13Director: Jasper ValentineChoreographer: Omari ‘Motion’ Carter
A short screendance film which uses British Sign Language influences, combined with dance and music, to show one man’s walk of lamentation, illustrating a journey of growth from a moment of heartbreak.
You(United Kingdom, 2015) 5:55Director: Graham Clayton-ChanceChoreographer: Nigel Charnock
A dance monologue. Verbal and physical slapstick reveals darker truths about love, sex and relationships. Taken from the archive of the late Nigel Charnock, one in a series of films celebrating his work in new films of classic performance pieces.
SAMT (silence)(Lebanon, 2016) 15:00Director: Aoun ChadiChoreographer: Aoun Chadi
In a fanatic dictatorship, dance is the secret code of the silent resistance. At out-of-the-way places, young people celebrate the hidden joy of life with their bodies and cope with the terror they experienced.
Move(Canada, 2016) 3:45Director: Marlene MillarChoreographer: Sandy Silva
Gathered in a train car waiting on the tracks, destination unknown, nine dancers and singers perform a soulful rendition of the gospel song “You Gotta Move” accompanied by body percussion.
No Deal(United States, 2016) 5:29Director: Devin JamiesonChoreographer: Jillian Meyers, Jeff Mortensen
Washed up. Washed away. Inebriated negotiation. Gone astray. A void without reason. Reality unpeeled. Two strangers meeting, unsuccessfully. No deal.
(United Kingdom, 2016) 5:00Director: Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-TempleChoreographer: Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-Temple
A young man checks into a bespoke institution, hoping to be cured of his inability to stop dancing