Providing Finishing Funds to DFA Members
An annual grant for DFA Individual Members seeking Post-Production funds.
Application (2013 Application coming soon!)
- Please look back in Spring 2013 for Application!
- Applicant must be a member of Dance Films Association.
- Only films that have completed shooting and are in post-production will be considered.
- You may not apply if you’ve received a Post-Production Grant previously.
- Applicants will be required to submit a link to a cut of the proposed project that is five minutes or under in length that expresses the project’s intent, scope, and aesthetic to the best of your ability at this stage. This sample may not necessarily be the first five minutes of the film.
2012 Post Production Grant
Ayelen Liberon and Joseph Johnson-Camí
Wandering Eye Productions
A mysterious woman, Lilith, emerges through a membrane stained with the black oil that feeds the metal beasts of men. Her primal movements shudder and probe the concrete jungle that stands between her and a rising metropolis. A woman in her thirties, Robyn, is on her way to speak at the Boys and Girls Club. She has an inspiring and candid conversation with teenagers about the unrest the world is experiencing. Robyn can’t help but feel Lilith’s presence in the city as an omen of the apocalyptic change stirring in the air. Will they dance as the fires burn? Will you join the flames?
Sue Healey Website
Virtuosi is a documentary dance film directed by highly acclaimed filmmaker/choreographer Sue Healey. It features the cine-portraits of 8 New Zealand dance artists who have created stellar international careers and is framed by the music of Mike Nock, an acknowledged master of jazz in Australasia.The film takes you across the globe to ask “What drives these artists to pursue careers to the other side of the world? What are the revelations when one returns home? Why dance?”Virtuosi dances ideas across many fascinating cities and cultures – Berlin, London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville, Brussels – revealing fascinating dance lineages and connections back to New Zealand.
|Greg Vander Veer
Director of Keep Dancing
and The Life of Martha Hill
|Greg Vander Veer is a documentary filmmaker and video contributor of IndexMagazine.com. Recently, he directed and photographed the documentary film Keep Dancing, about the legendary dancers Marge Champion and Donald Saddler. The film was an Official Selection at over 20 international film festivals including SXSW, SilverDocs and DocuWeeks, and was nominated by the International Documentary Association (IDA) for the 2010 Distinguished Short Documentary Award. Greg is now directing a feature documentary film in post-production about Martha Hill, a pioneer and visionary in the field of Modern Dance. He is also producing and directing the film Church Forest. In 2012, Greg directed a feature documentary film , Another Tour, about a New York based modern dance company as they toured through Peru. He also has served cameraman on several projects with filmmaker, Albert Maysles.|
Director of Quarantine
|Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean, born and raised Gabri Christa brings to her filmmaking and directing her background as a choreographer and performer. Now based in New York, (via Havana, Amsterdam and Puerto Rico) she has received many awards for her Choreographies and Short Films including a Guggenheim Fellowship for her choreography. Of her directing Jennifer Dunning in the New York Times said: Something happens in Gabri Christa’s Dominata, that can not be said for many great dances today…she transforms the theater and transports you …she directs without seeming lifting a finger”. In 2008 Gabri Christa was invited to the Pangea Day Film Festival as “One of the World’s 100 most promising Filmmakers”. Her film “High School” received an ABC TV award for Creative excellence. More info on gabrichrista.com|
Media Specialist, Fiscal Sponsorship at New York Foundation for the Arts
2011 Post Production Grant
|BOB CURTIS: DANCING ALL COLORS
Los Angeles, CA
Bob Curtis, an African-American dancer, choreographer and painter, was born in Mississippi in 1925 and died in Vienna, Austria in 2009. His father was born in 1858 in Mississippi as a slave. In his childhood, Bob was called `High Yellow´since he was half black and half white and didn’t belong to either group. As the youngest of 18 children of a very poor family he stepped out of the box and had a world class career. In his life long journey of self discovery he broke down racial barriers through the universal language of dance capturing the human spirit at its finest.
Confronted with her mortality, angered and frustrated over her inability to handle the disintegration of her body, Sharon Marroquin, a modern dancer begins to consciously deal with it through art. This creative process allows Sharon to escape to another realm that is not confined by physical limitations, disease, child-rearing, teaching and running a home. But the escape is temporary, her 6 year old son Dali, who is aware that his mom is ill but oblivious to the gravity of the situation, needs her unconditionally. For 18 months, FOREIGN PUZZLE documents Sharon leading two lives – one as a choreographer and the other as a single mother with breast cancer, her relationship with her son and the transcending power of dance.
|FANFARE FOR MARCHING BAND
A film following the mayhem created by a ragtag musical militia, who embark on an impotent invasion through a parallel universe where their exuberant music is out of sync and unheard. The two worlds are finally unified, when the band masters the tempo and patience of empathy.
Photo Credit: Sanghoon Lee
Founder/Director of Moviehouse
Program Manager of Arts@Renaissance
Filmmaker; Director of Dolphin Dance Projects
Director of Media Projects at New York City Ballet;
Co-Creator/Executive Producer of NY Export: Opus Jazz
2010 Post Production Grant
|WHERE GOD SLEEPS
Sidiki Conde lost the use of his legs at age 14. Soon after, he literally pulled his body into the bush of his remote West African village. He watched ducks moving back and forth on their webbed feet and slowly he learned to pull his body upright. He taught himself to dance on his hands until he was dancing with steps true to traditional tribal rhythms.
New York, New York
An underwater dance between a human and wild Pacific Spinner Dolphins, First Dance by the Dolphin Dance Project, brings audiences interested in dolphins and the ocean to contemporary dance, and dance audiences to marine biology.
|THE LIFE OF MARTHA HILL
A project of the Martha Hill Foundation
Greg Vander Veer
New York, New York
Martha Hill had a life-long dedication to revolutionizing dance education as she struggled to solidify modern dance as a legitimate art form. The filmmakers promise to complete an elegant and provocative portrait of the career and vision that played an immense and integral role in the inception and development of the American modern dance movement.
|FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER
San Francisco, CA
Yvonne Rainer has been a maverick in the fields of dance and film for more than four decades. Over the course of her career, she revolutionized modern dance, created what came to be known as performance art, and reintroduced narrative storytelling into experimental filmmaking. She did this at a time when the challenges faced by women trying to establish careers in the art world were formidable