Dance Film Lab’s Moderated Screening is in the theater, located on the ground floor.
These sessions are informal showings centered on discussion about the footage being shown, primarily for the artists to get reactions, constructive criticism, and process-related feedback. Dance Film Lab culminates with an end of the year screening in December with works by filmmakers who have attended the lab. Anyone who has a attended a Dance Film Lab Session in the past or is a DFA Member can submit footage to be screened.
I am a journalist making my first documentary film, Renewal, about dance and environmental activism in Israel. I attended almost all of the Dance Film Lab workshops this past year, and I found them incredibly informative. DFA not only has a well-informed staff who know the specifics of the dance film genre, but they also bring in presenters with a wealth of experience in many different aspects of film. The small classroom structure encourages interaction and is extremely inclusive, no matter if you are a veteran filmmaker or a novice. I found great resources in the presenters as well as those in the audience. As I continue in the post-production process, I feel grateful that the Dance Film Lab exists. I look forward to learning further from those in this vibrant community.
It was incredibly helpful to get the responses I did from the wonderful people who attended the lab. I went into it expecting to have people tell me what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong, but I was blown away by how encouraging and constructive the feedback was. Before attending the lab I was a bit lost as to where to go with dance and film after this. Because of the conversations I had with the participants, I now know the direction I want to go and I am very excited about it! Being in an environment with people who love what I love, and do what I do is not only inspiring, but a great reminder that we all need a little feedback and that there are people out there who want to help and get involved. Overall my experience with the Dance Film Lab was great, and I would encourage anyone to submit their work because the responses they will get are nothing but respectful, honest, and enlightening.
I was actually so inspired by the experience that I wrote the beginnings of a screenplay on the train on my way home [from Dance Film Lab]. Shortly thereafter, I founded my own dance film production company, DANCELEN(D)S.We released our first independent production - manouevres - on YouTube, with an incredible street crew and company called Project Valentine.That lab really helped me to move forward on the goals I had to explore dance film in my own way - and so I just wanted to reach out and say thank you! We're looking forward to many more to come!