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PDFF PICKS 3

Initiation

Director & Choreographer  Iwona Pasińska

Director of Photography  Marek Grabowski

Dance artists Polish Dance Theatre: Fabian Fejdasz, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Paweł Malicki, Marcin Motyl, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Dominik Więcek, Emily Wong, Kacper Bożek, Marta da Pinto, Iga Włodarczyk

Composer Jacek Sienkiewicz

Set Design Andrzej Grabowski 

Poland

‘Initiation’ is the cinematic experiment directed by Iwona Pasińska, with the hypnotizing music composed by Jacek Sienkiewicz and Andrzej Grabowski’s ascetic scenography, in which each prop has its own significance. Each of the black and white frames is the separate, pictorial composition.They pan out into the dreamlike story, in which the viewer’s perception is strongly influenced by the motion of the movie camera, cyclically returning to the same places. Looking into the human habitats, toxic relationships and untamed fears we can see that demons, with whom the characters struggle often exemplify social problems described on the front pages of newspapers.

 

HENK

Director Sergio Gridelli

Producer plan d-

Dancers & Choreographers Andreas Denk & Josephine van Rheenen

Composer Guy Corneille

The Netherlands

Henk leads an idiosyncratic and eccentric life. When a young woman unexpectedly enters into his world, he is forced to face the confrontation.

LA DANZA IN 1 MINUTO (2019 | Torino, Italy) | Best Film International Section beyond One Minute

 

between silences

Director & Director of Photography Rich Ferri

Choreographer & Dancer Ali Kenner Brodsky

Composer MorganEve Swain

USA

Filmed on location on Cape Cod, between silences is a dance film based on Ali Kenner Brodsky’s solo the most depressing piece… Together with filmmaker Rich Ferri, Kenner Brodsky transforms her live solo into a raw, unfiltered cinematic experience. between silences portrays one woman’s journey through grief. To love. To lose. To grieve. To find a way back.

Best “Dance Short” Jacksonville Dance Film Festival

 

Memories of Bodies Motion

Director & Director of Photography Thomas Lallier

Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj

Dancers Déborah Casamatta, Alexandre Tondolo, Baptiste Martinez, Luca Cesa, Anne-Céline Pic-Savary, & Solène Hérault

Composer 79D

In the french abbey of Montmajour, a man remembers the bodies in motion, giving life to this millenial and empty set.  Conceived as a poem, the movie should be taken as a radical gesture: 4 shots, including one long shot, 6 dancers and the figure of the choreographer, creating and also remembering things.

 

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of ECSTASY

Director & Director of Photography Sam Asaert

Choreographer Andrew McNicol

Dancers Delia Mathews, William Bracewell, Giulia Frosi, Teo Dubreuil & Laurie McSherry Gray

Composer Nicolas Robert Thayer

UK / Belgium

An otherworldly ballet short film about the relentless yearning for escapism, and the intoxicating fantasy of emotional connectivity with alternative selves and others, as a way out of the growing sense of drunkenness abound in our actual reality.

Delia Mathews is Principle Dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet. William Bracewell is First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. Giulia Frosi dances with the Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Téo Dubreuil is First Artist of The Royal Ballet. Laurie McSherry Gray is a freelance dancer. Andrew McNicol has recently choreographed for BalletX and The Royal Ballet. Sam Asaert has won several international awards for his dance films.

 

Alice in Nite Hawk

Director Devin Tau

Directors of Photography Charlie Balch, Zach Osterhout

Choreographer Heidi Duckler

Dancers   Kiel Edward Boston Moton, Kya Bliss, Joshua “Snubb” Dudley, & Conrad “Icon” Kaczor

Oregon Dance Film Commission /Oregon Artist

Friends are forced to navigate a new world when their tradition is disrupted. However, the transformative change leaves them questioning their own existence.

 

I’m Your Man

Director, Choreographer, & Dancer, Andrew Harper

Assistant Director Katherine Henly

Director of Photography Bart Cortright

Composer Leonard Cohen, arranged and performed by Sydney Torin Shepherd

USA

Harnessing the explicit dynamics of stock seduction, one man alone in a room dances dangerously between restraint and madness; inviting the camera in closer only to unravel the illusion of control.

Andrew Harper has recently performed with choreographers Ben Munisteri and Abdul Latif and was a recipient of the UNCSA Choreographic Development Residency 2019. The short film, New York Moment, that he co-directed with Katherine Henly was an Official Selection of the 2019 Mobile Dance Film Festival at 92Y. Sydney Torin Shepherd was an original cast member of First Date on Broadway and is a member of the band Bandits on the Run which won the Coffee Music Project and was selected as NPR’s Top Shelf of the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest.

 

Dance, Dance, Evolution (Doc)

Director Jules Rosskam

Directors of Photography Sarah Tricker, Shannon Palmer, Ashley Battle

Dancers & Choreographers  Syd Robbie, Malia Santiago, Parker Haines, Lua Garino, Max Monroe, Mattilda Sycamore Bernstein

United StatesDance, Dance, Evolution is a short documentary film exploring transgender people’s relationship to dance. Specifically, the film looks at how shifting ones gender might cause shifts in how one dances, whether or not one feels comfortable dancing, and how dance may highlight an individual’s internal experience of gendered embodiment. 

 

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