2011 Jury Winners

DFA’s 39th Dance on Camera Festival 2011 JURY PRIZE HONOREES BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA “This captivating documentary reminds us how a body balancing in space and defying gravity is a magical act.  A moving and melancholic film that shows the struggles of those devoted to the disappearing art form of tightrope dancing in Armenia.” JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DANCEFILM BOW “Like a Rorschach test transforming before your eyes, this film creates idiosyncratic forms by combining the moving body with simple cinematic techniques. BOW questions perception and invites viewers to create their own narrative.” SPECIAL JURY MENTION DANCING DREAMS “DANCING DREAMS opens a window into the fragility and strength of teenage-hood, revealing how a group of non-professional adolescents grapple with profound emotions as they rehearse Pina Bauch’s classic dance theatre piece, Kontakthof.” JURY MEMBERS David Michalek An artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of his works, on both a large and small-scale, in a range of mediums, Michalek created SLOW DANCING in 2007. His focus over the past ten years has been closely tied to his interest in relational aesthetics—specifically using performative and interactive techniques—storytelling, dialogue, movement—relying on the input and responses of others—subjects, collaborators, and audience—as integral to both the creation and the experience of his art. He has been drawn in particular to projects that bring together diverse groups of people in settings ranging from galleries to public spaces, churches and community organizations to health-care facilities. Laura Taler is a Romanian born director based in Toronto whose work has been praised for its unique combination of emotional resonance, wit, and striking visuals. She made her directorial debut in 1995 with the award-winning dance film THE VILLAGE TRILOGY. Her documentaries, dance films, music films and silent dramas have been broadcast on the CBC (Canada), Bravo! (Canada), W (Canada), TfO (Ontario), ARTV (Quebec), Channel 4 (U.K.), NPS (The Netherlands), Kunstkanaal (The Netherlands), ABC (Australia), IBA (Israel), SVT (Sweden) and screened in numerous festivals and special screenings internationally. Tanja Meding is a German born producer and dancer who moved to New York in 2003 and has worked as a producer for Maysles Films and other independent production companies. Amongst others, she produced SALLY GROSS- THE PLEASURE OF STILLNESS by Albert Maysles and Kristen Nutile, which premiered at Locarno in 2007, aired on Channel Thirteen. Since 2007, she has been distributing and producing short films by Rosane Chamecki, Andrea Lerner and Phil Harder. Their latest short, JACKIE & JUDY premiered at Dance on Camera in 2010 and won a PEARL at POOL 2010 Festival in Berlin. In addition, Meding is the co-producer of Gabriella Bier’s documentary LOVE DURING WARTIME which premiered at the 2010 CPH:DOX Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark and distributed in the US through 7th Art Releasing. Furthermore, Meding is co-chair of the Producer Guild of America East documentary committee.
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