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January 7 – January 9, 2016

The Northwest Film Center and Portland’s premiere dance company, BodyVox, are pleased to partner in presenting the first annual Contact Dance Film Festival, a showcase featuring award-wining collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world. Portland has long been a mecca for dance of all forms. With films from the Northwest and across the globe—and an entire program curated by filmmaker and frequent BodyVox collaborator Mitchell Rose–the Contact Dance Film Festival represents the latest evolution of an art form bursting with hybrid creativity. The screenings will take place at both the Bodyvox Dance Center, 17th and NW Northrup, and the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. We hope you’ll hop between the two venues and that the series’ eclectic choices will get your 2016 off on just the right foot.

Ballet Spiral

Directed by Sam Asaert

An eerie journal through a frozen moment of ballet.


Directed by David Hinton

Birds do the dancing in this found footage film.

Globe Trot

Directed by Mitchell Rose

An international crowdsourced dance-film project, in which 50 filmmakers from all seven continents each shoot two seconds of dance by

Me—Story of a Performance

Directed by Jopsu Ramu

A performance drawn from both subjective and objective perspectives.

Mitchell Rose Presents: Dance@30FPS On the Road

Directed by Various

Eight dance-based shorts. Me—Story of a Performance Finland/Japan 2013 Director: Jopsu Ramu A performance drawn from both subjective and objective


Directed by Karel Van Laere

The human body is rendered defenseless as a man is dragged through Taiwan by an electric winch.

Well Contested Sites

Directed by Austin Forbord

A dance of previously incarcerated men filmed on Alcatraz Island.