Dance Films Association Announces Films That Move: A New Series Premiering Summer 2012


A new series premiering Summer 2012

  NEW YORK (June 27, 2012) Dance Films Association (DFA) announces Films That Move, a dance film screening series that travels throughout New York City’s five boroughs in partnership with local venues and organizations. From large scale events to small intimate screenings, Films That Move will present ambitious, thematic programming specifically geared for the chosen venue. Many of these films are culled from the annual Dance on Camera Festival, co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, reflecting DFA’s dedication to support filmmakers year round. Programs will also consist of additional films from DFA’s archives and dance filmmaker member-base. This series will begin here in Manhattan with two summer programs. Films That Move at Gibney Dance Center, screening now and extended through August 31, 2012 and Films That Move at the World Financial Center, opening July 2, 2012 and screening through July 31, 2012. With this series, DFA brings dance film into New York City’s existing locomotive fabric. “DFA is thrilled to screen the work of several talented dance filmmakers this summer,” said Christy Park, Executive Director of DFA, “at the downtown landmark, the World Financial Center, this July, and at one of the leading dance studios, Gibney Dance Center, till the end of August.”   Films That Move at Gibney Dance Center is an installation at Gibney Dance Center with the films screening intermittently during the day. The films selected for this program originally screened as works in progress for DFA’s feedback driven Dance Film Lab Moderated Screening. In partnership with Moviehouse, DFA presented these completed works for the first time at Gibney Dance Center in November 2011. Films That Move at the World Financial Center, co-curated by DFA and THE OFFICE performing arts + film, is a program of Arts Brookfield’s CultureStream, presenting a month of breathtaking images celebrating the art of dance. From DFA’s archives comes a broad range of independently made dance narratives, documentaries, and experimental films—a celebration of the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance writ spectacularly large on The Big TV in the beauty of the World Financial Center Winter Garden . The films will screen Monday through Friday for the month of July. The weekly schedule can be found at, and the daily programs are detailed below. “Visitors to the Winter Garden will be able to take in a series of dance films that are cinematic in scope and expressive in movement,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “Films That Move is another wonderful example of Arts Brookfield’s commitment to bringing the joy of dance to Lower Manhattan.” *********************************************** Films That Move at Gibney Dance Center May 21- August 31, 2012 Partner: Gibney Dance Center Venue: Gibney Dance Center Address: 890 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY, United States, 10003 Additional Links Gibeny Dance Center   PROGRAM
An Ostrich Proudly Xan Burley and Alex Springer 2011; USA, 4.5m An Ostrich Proudly, a new film by alex|xan: the Median Movement, features a woman defined by a space. The space is an empty barn, the floor of which is brittle with debris underneath her feet. A man loiters. He draws nearer and nearer until she is well within his reach. He takes hold of her and she fights this; she is always fighting restraint to no avail. Her freedom is limited. Even from without, the man positions himself to thwart her efforts to flee. It is a piece of unrelenting captivity and the woman’s own dismal and futile attempts to escape, or not. It is reminiscent of bygone times and bygone motivations. It is melancholy, beautiful, and crushing. Shot at Kirkland Farms as a part of Dancenow[NYC]’s Silo residency, the score is sound captured during the filming.
Becoming Be-going Run Shayo 2011; USA, 9m An everyman alone in a vacant all lost survivors world of a cataclysmic event, protected by a glass bubble on his head and a rain suit, on a pilgrim’s journey to nowhere only to find out his salvation is out side of his bubble, which is the root to our salvation, people and creatures of planet earth.
Windings Zena Bibler 2011; USA, 3m Fallen limbs, gray skies, hushed whispers, silent houses. A dance for the winds left behind. Windings is part of a series of site specific films that aims to capture something from a particular place without much premeditation or planning. These dances serve as postcards or snapshots—preserved views of places that are often in a state of constant change. ***********************************************

Films That Move at the World Financial Center July 2-31, 2012 Partner: Arts Brookfield Venue: World Financial Center Winter Garden Address: 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY, United States, 10281 Additional Links Official Website for Arts Brookfield Official Website for THE OFFICE performing arts + film The Big TV Schedule Official Website for World Financial Center


Block 1: Color

VRTTI Ana Cembrero Coca, Jorge Piquer Rodriguez 2011; Belgium, 4m Action, conduct, way of being, condition or state of mind. Turn around, twist, roll up.
Two Seconds After Laughter David Rousseve 2011; USA, 16m Weaving stunning cinematography shot in Java by Cari Shim Sham, traditional Indonesian dance, postmodern gesture performed by Sri Susilowati, original Sudanese music, and a potent narrative, this stunning film creates a border-jumping dialogue on a universal irony: The heart longs most for the place  called home to which it can never return.
Drift Kat Cole and Eric Garcia 2010; USA, 7.5m A pair of vagabonds, also the directors, in a “whatever” mood, hitchhike, stumble, and inch their way through striking landscapes.

Block 2: Space

Figment Gabrielle Lamb 2010; USA, 3m An animation, sponsored by Gyre and Gimble set to original piano score by Bob Burger.
There is a Place Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes 2010; UK, 7m There is a Place features the work of Sang JiJia, a Tibetan dancer-choreographer and artist in residence at Beijing Dance LDTX in China. He travelled to the Highlands of Scotland to make this 7-minute dance film with Katrina and Simon, combining exquisite movement and stunning landscapes with skillful camerawork and editing, taking the viewer into Sang’s world of pure dance.
Little Ease Matt Tarr 2008; USA 6:53M A new take on a classic piece of choreography conceived in 1985 by extreme action pioneer Elizabeth Streb. Through the use of the camera, we remove obstacles to the conversation between performer, environment and witness, taking this inspiring and athletic movement out of its typical context.
MELT Noemie LaFrance 2010; USA, 10m Eight dancers perch on seats fixed to a wall. Wrapped in beeswax and lanolin costumes that slowly melt away, the dancers become euphoric as if approaching the sun. Made with the support of Bravo!FACT.

Block 3: Water

Boy Rosemary Lee and Peter Anderson 1995; UK, 6m Considered a dance film classic, this solo turns an ordinary boy into a superhero, as he moves with stealth and grace through a dramatic coastal landscape, responding to this empty universe, manipulating it and conjuring up his own imaginary world.
The Last Martini Vickie Mendoza 2009; USA, 6:16m Inspired by the noir films of the 1940s and 1950s and the posters that publicized them, “The Last Martini” plays out the rain-soaked reverie of a man whose psyche becomes tangled in a broken dance of passion and heartbreak.
Aqua-Booty Marta Renzi 2011; USA, 4.5m On a hot day by the pool, 4 bathing beauties sunbathe, splash and swim – all with a wink and a giggle.
Deep End Dance Directed by Conor Horgan, Choreographed by David Bolger, Produced by Martha O’Neill 2010; Ireland, 7m A fully dressed man is pushed into a swimming pool by his mother. He brushes himself off and starts dancing underwater, always aware that she’s watching. After a while she joins him, and they play out the story of their relationship through the underwater dance.
Together Chisa Hidaka 2010; USA, 3m In the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, a woman and wild Spinner dolphins forge a tender relationship through the language of dance.

Block 4: Play

Spring Cleaning Pooh Kaye 2011; USA, 8m Choreographer and film-maker, Pooh Kaye’s alter-ego ‘Wild Girl’, performed by Alex Clack, has a busy day weeding the dandelions, digging in the earth and swimming with the local beavers.
White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS David Fernandez 2011; USA, 14m A spirited behind-the-scenes look at 16 young dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet School, Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westport’s Academy of Dance rehearsing a piece previously made on dancers of NYCB and ABT and now transposed for these gifted ballet students.  To see these exuberant girls in their white shirts, black ties flying as they leap into the air is proof that America’s dance talent is not restricted to Dancing with the Stars.
Play House Ruben van Leer 2011; Netherlands, 3m The song is a shout-out for emancipation, with an experiment video created with different forms of pop-culture, dance and technology.
Advance Mitchell Rose & Body Vox 2009; USA, 2.45m One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations. Performed by Rose’s long-time collaborators Ashley Roland & Jamey Hampton with composer William Goodrum.
*********************************************** Dance Films Association Dance Films Association is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. Currently, DFA is actively seeking to broaden its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts partners, media sites, and other institutions. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year round programming such as the Dance Film Lab.   Gibney Dance Center Gibney Dance Center (GDC) is an integrated complex of seven spacious studios located in the historic 890 Broadway Building. Featuring broad expanses of pillar free space, 13 foot ceilings and streams of natural light and air, GDC offers a friendly, focused working environment in a building known for its history of quality, determination and professionalism. The Center aims to create a focused and lively work environment that supports both process and product while encouraging artists to delve into authentic exploration in all stages of creative development.   Arts Brookfield Since 1988 more than 3.5 million people have enjoyed over 2,500 cultural events at the World Financial Center presented by Arts Brookfield, one of the largest free, year-round, privately funded performing and visual arts programs on the east coast. As an initiative of Brookfield Office Properties, the owner, developer and manager of premier office properties in the United States, Canada and Australia, Arts Brookfield animates public spaces in major cities across North America including New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Toronto.  Brookfield’s portfolio is comprised of interests in 110 properties totaling 78 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Denver, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, making it the global leader in the ownership and management of office assets.
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