Dance Film Showcase

The Dance Film Showcase, in its fifth year, strives to present the highest quality of visually engaging, sensory stimulating, narrative driven work about dance on film. The program curated by Cari Ann Shim Sham*, a Topanga local, continues to showcase the work of local-based filmmakers of Los Angeles and beyond.

Plan on arriving early and staying late, because you won't want to miss the interactive dance and sound installation along with a video art installation happening before and after the screening.

Plus, it's your turn to dance at the TFF dance party following the screening!


Body Without A Brain

Directed by Mark Freeman

Body Without a Brain is a high risk, physically demanding dance for camera. Rianto seems to be in a trance as he creates an unpremeditated encounter with the elements. He describes the work as like a tree without roots. The piece embodies anxiety as the natural world becomes ever more threatened. Filmed in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Running time: 6:30

Body Without a Brain is a high risk, physically demanding dance for camera. Rianto seems to be in a trance as he creates an unpremeditated encounter with the elements. He describes the work as like a tree without roots. The piece embodies anxiety as the natural world becomes ever more threatened. Filmed in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).

Running time: 6:30

 

Boombox Eryri

Directed by Ely Kim

Boombox Eryri is a film produced by Migrations, inspired by New York based performer and art director Ely Kim's Boombox and recreated with the people of north Wales. In collaboration with Austrian artist David Subal, Migrations filmed 100 people dancing to their favourite music in their favourite place in rural Conwy. The resulting short film is a celebration of dancing, rural Conwy and its communities. Running time: 10:25

Boombox Eryri is a film produced by Migrations, inspired by New York based performer and art director Ely Kim's Boombox and recreated with the people of north Wales. In collaboration with Austrian artist David Subal, Migrations filmed 100 people dancing to their favourite music in their favourite place in rural Conwy. The resulting short film is a celebration of dancing, rural Conwy and its communities.

Running time: 10:25

 

The Boudoir

Directed by David Latreille

Music video for Apex Martin features starring Emilie Dumas. (Seizure Alert) Running time: 2:20 minutes

Music video for Apex Martin features starring Emilie Dumas. (Seizure Alert)

Running time: 2:20 minutes

 

Dragonfly

Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham*

A dream born from dragonflies and the ancient art form of Balinese cildet. Running time: 2:00

A dream born from dragonflies and the ancient art form of Balinese cildet.

Running time: 2:00

 

Drop

Directed by Alfredo Salomon

Movement, music, and raincoats. Running time: 2:00

Movement, music, and raincoats.

Running time: 2:00

 

Quake

Directed by Erin Malley

Quake is a physical exploration of the geophysics of plate tectonics and human fragility. Running time: 8:07

Quake is a physical exploration of the geophysics of plate tectonics and human fragility.

Running time: 8:07

 

Shunpo 

Directed by Steve Briand

What if we could escape our daily routine for a moment ? A step, just one, that could move us miles away from here, in a second; a flash step. A Shunpo. In Shunpo, Briand has found an exciting way to marry his unique brand of visual camera trickery with his passion for modern dance choreography. In the film we see a bewildered, excited woman smashing through different environments: moving seamlessly from her stuffy office, to a Parisian rooftop, and finally to the serenity of the Turkish salt flats. It is dance that allows her to steady herself, but it is the power of editing that sends her flying between these impossibly varied locations. The film is a tantalizing, mesmerizing test of the boundary between cinema and dance. Running time: 4:24

What if we could escape our daily routine for a moment ? A step, just one, that could move us miles away from here, in a second; a flash step. A Shunpo. In Shunpo, Briand has found an exciting way to marry his unique brand of visual camera trickery with his passion for modern dance choreography. In the film we see a bewildered, excited woman smashing through different environments: moving seamlessly from her stuffy office, to a Parisian rooftop, and finally to the serenity of the Turkish salt flats. It is dance that allows her to steady herself, but it is the power of editing that sends her flying between these impossibly varied locations. The film is a tantalizing, mesmerizing test of the boundary between cinema and dance.

Running time: 4:24

 

Surge

Directed by Chisa Hidaka and Benjamin Harley

Underwater dance inspired by swimming with dolphins. Running time: 1:12

Underwater dance inspired by swimming with dolphins.

Running time: 1:12

 

Tizzy

Directed by Ysaye McKeever

In a playful duet between man and dodgeball we are transported between three locations, inspired by the form of 12-bar blues in its utilization of three chords.The scene opens on the plain-faced side of a building where we discover a young man sitting idly by when suddenly a red ball enters his environment and sparks the man’s energy. Runing time: 2:51

In a playful duet between man and dodgeball we are transported between three locations, inspired by the form of 12-bar blues in its utilization of three chords.The scene opens on the plain-faced side of a building where we discover a young man sitting idly by when suddenly a red ball enters his environment and sparks the man’s energy.

Runing time: 2:51

 

Two Sink, Three Float

Directed by Satya Roosens

A trio with dance and visual theatre The water as unkown, depth, subconcious lets things float or sink On this thin membrane between top and bottom one is taken into a surreal and visual story Three characters find their balance on a platform, amongst themselves with the elements There is an underworld a world under, which we do not see It is not shown on the surface or is it? Running time: 6:39

A trio with dance and visual theatre
The water as unkown, depth, subconcious
lets things float or sink
On this thin membrane between top and bottom
one is taken into a surreal and visual story
Three characters find their balance on a platform, amongst themselves
with the elements
There is an underworld
a world under, which we do not see
It is not shown on the surface
or is it?

Running time: 6:39

 

Up.Side.Down

Directed by Daniel Diller

A kaleidoscope of dance and parkour on skate ramps. Running time: 4:22

A kaleidoscope of dance and parkour on skate ramps.

Running time: 4:22

 

Walking Contest

Directed by Vania Heymann

Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Koren wonders why we can't just walk together. You know that weird moment when you find yourself walking in stride with a random pedestrian? That moment where you are engaged in a walking contest with a stranger? Koren ponders and attempts to expalin that awkward moment in his latest short film, directed by Vania Heymann, director of Bob Dylan's interactive Like a Rolling Stone music video. Running tim: 2:13

Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Koren wonders why we can't just walk together. You know that weird moment when you find yourself walking in stride with a random pedestrian? That moment where you are engaged in a walking contest with a stranger? Koren ponders and attempts to expalin that awkward moment in his latest short film, directed by Vania Heymann, director of Bob Dylan's interactive Like a Rolling Stone music video.

Running tim: 2:13

 

Walking Grounds

Directed by Nadia Oussenko

Walking Grounds is a short movement film in which a woman searches for peace of mind walking through different seaside locations. The textures and sounds that she feels and hears reflect her anxiety and eventual release Running time: 3:39

Walking Grounds is a short movement film in which a woman searches for peace of mind walking through different seaside locations. The textures and sounds that she feels and hears reflect her anxiety and eventual release

Running time: 3:39

 

What's What

Directed by Charli Brissi

What’s What, a short film collaboration between Courtney Harris and Kinetic Imaging MFA candidate Charli Brissey, tips its hat to the tradition of cross-dressing and gender-bending entertainment in twentieth century vaudeville and early filmmaking. Inspired by the 1926 song Masculine Women, Feminine Men, Brissey and Harris make a contemporary comment on gender performance. What’s What playfully re-imagines the notion of the female dandy and references Busby Berkeley films, re-contextualizing the framing and performative embodiment of glamour, mystique, and allure. Guest artist and central Ohio’s drag king extraordinaire, Mr. Cool Ethan, escorts the film in upon his coattails with his dazzling and foppish antics, while his back-up dancers swoon across the screen with debonair gentility. Running time: 3:00

What’s What, a short film collaboration between Courtney Harris and Kinetic Imaging MFA candidate Charli Brissey, tips its hat to the tradition of cross-dressing and gender-bending entertainment in twentieth century vaudeville and early filmmaking. Inspired by the 1926 song Masculine Women, Feminine Men, Brissey and Harris make a contemporary comment on gender performance. What’s What playfully re-imagines the notion of the female dandy and references Busby Berkeley films, re-contextualizing the framing and performative embodiment of glamour, mystique, and allure. Guest artist and central Ohio’s drag king extraordinaire, Mr. Cool Ethan, escorts the film in upon his coattails with his dazzling and foppish antics, while his back-up dancers swoon across the screen with debonair gentility.

Running time: 3:00