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PDFF PICKS 1

Going Home

Director  Harrie Verbeek

Director of Photography Richard Spierings

Choreographer Jelena Kostić

Dancer(s)  Huub Smit, Liz Snoijink, Hans Dagelet, Beaudil Elzenga, Patricia van Deutekom, Kim-Jomi Fischer, Rowan van den Boomen

Composer Tom Sikkers

The Netherlands

“At his mother Annabel’s request André returns home to visit his dying father Theo. Together with his sister Sanne, her husband Victor and son Teun the family confronts each other with their inability to communicate. When daydreams of their younger years remembers them how they used to be, the family manages to open up as they attract and push away each other in a heart gripping choreography while heading for the inevitable.

 

MAKYO (THERE IS A GHOST INSIDE YUUU)

Director Brian Imakura

Choreographer  Mija Bishop

Dancers  Mija Bishop & Mamiko Oe

Composer Brian Imakura

Japan

Makyō (“ghost cave”) is the self-delusional nest that results from clinging to one’s trauma. This film is a depiction of one woman’s escape from that nest.

 

Bicycle Tuts

Directors Alexandr Beran, Conrad Kaczor

Director of Photography Alexandr Beran

Choreographer & Dancer Conrad Kaczor

Composer Frase ft. Fawna

Acto: Douglas DaSilva

Wardrobe Tara FitzGerald

Oregon Artist

A dimensional traveler’s unique brand of dance inspires a marooned man, a laborer and a fishmonger.

 

From There To Here (Doc)

Directors Janique L Robillard & Sydney Skov

Director of Photography Paulius Kontijevas

Choreographer Sydney Skov with Kolkata Sanved dance movement therapy practitioners

Dancers & Performers Putul Khatoon, Sabita Debnath, and Sucharita Mondol; also featuring the practitioners and staff of Kolkata Sanved

Composers Maxime Robillard & Milo McBride

Sound Design  Grant Harold

pre- and post-production USA / choreography and filming in Kolkata, India

Blending dance and documentary, From There To Here depicts a courageous group of women moving against gender inequalities in Kolkata, India using dance movement therapy to empower themselves and fellow survivors of sexual violence and marginalization.

Dance on Camera Festival – 2019 Official Selection; San Francisco Dance Film Festival – 2019 Official Selection; recipient of Dance Films Association production grant 2016

 

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Sound and Sole (Doc)

Director Cara Hagan

Directors of Photography  Robert Gelber, Thom Hansell, Molly Clay, Susanna Kornegay

Choreographer & Dancer Arthur Grimes 

Composer Tray Wellington

USA

Arthur Grimes was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains. He is the only professionally working, African-American buck dancer in Boone, North Carolina. In this short documentary, Arthur recounts his dance journey from eager youth to professional master, gives us a glimpse into his performance experience, and demonstrates his deep love for Appalachian music, dance and history.

 

Pink Blue Part I

Director The Samaya Wives

Director of Photography Pippa Samaya

Dancers & Choreographers Tara Jade Samaya, James Vu Anh Pham 

Composer Pippa Samaya sampling from NU

Paint EffectsTaylor White

Australia/US

Androgyne. Without expectations. Beyond gender roles. The same but different. Pink but Blue.

 

MASS

Director & Choreographer  Fu LE

Director of Photography Adrien GONTIER

Dance Company Danse en Seine Association

Composer Harun BAYRAKTAR & Tom JARVIS

France

MASS is a 10 minutes single take video-dance shot in Paris. The project was framed within the Danse en Seine’s choreographic workshops, including 40 amateur dancers. Images of the crowd appear more and more often and symbolize the current upheavals all over the world, evoking alternately parties, migrations, manifestations, gatherings or just the daily life of big cities. We thus work on the mass, with all the drunkenness it can inspire. We confront the individual with crowd movements, in order to observe how he resists or lets immerse himself. Mass : 1st price at Consonance (US) & LADanceShorts (US) festivals.

 

UNTITLED

Director, Choreographer & Dancer Jordie Campbell

Director of Photography Conrad Kaczor

Composer Lorn Marcos “Lorn” Ortega

Oregon Artist

Movement is light, and it shines on the soul to create the path.

Lorn signed with Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder, His music has been used in a number of video games, movies and TV shows, including CSI and Silicon Valley. Conrad Kaczor received PDFF’s 2018 “Best Cinematographer” Award with his recent film “What Is Real?” and has been toured around the dance film circuit

 

HOLY LOLA

Director & Choreographer Amy Leona Havin

Director of Photography Megan Hauk

Company The Holding Project

Dancers Amy Leona Havin, Heather Hindes, Lena Traenkenschuh, Whitney Wilhardt

Composers Gentleforce, Keshco, Kai Engel

Dramaturge Rachel Levens

Oregon Artist

“Holy (n.) – dedicated or consecrated to a religious purpose; sacred.

Lola (n.) – Lola is a traditionally female name given in German, Spanish, and French language groups. It is a short form of the Spanish name Dolores, meaning “”sorrows””, taken from one of the titles of the Virgin Mary; Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows.”

 

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