2013 Dance on Camera Festival: Call for Submissions and New Curator Announcement

Dance Films Association announces 2013 Dance on Camera Festival

February 1-5, 2013

Submissions Open August 1- September 30, 2012 Liz Wolff as Dance Film Association’s Festival Curator

NEW YORK (July 30, 2012) Dance Films Association (DFA) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) partner to co-present the annual Dance on Camera Festival (DOCF), February 1-5, 2013 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City. DFA extends congratulations to many 2012 DOCF alum for their continued success. Films with theatrical runs include the feature length documentaries Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, Never Stand Still, and First Position which returned to the Film Society of Lincoln Center this July. In recent news, the experimental short Falling received notable recognition as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Alongside the continued use of 268-seat Walter Reade Theater at the FSLC where the main slate of films are shown, the festival now has opportunity to utilize the state of the art amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as a venue for panels, shorts programs, and special events. Submissions for the 2013 DOCF are accepted by DFA and will be open on August 1, 2012 and close September 30, 2012. Entry fee is free to DFA members of DFA; $30 for non-members. Dance films of all types and lengths are accepted. We welcome screen adaptations of stage choreographies, narratives, documentaries, abstract and experimental shorts as well as performances videos. Entrants must submit an online version of their entry for work under 20 minutes. Be prepared to include in the entry form a link to the full video, password protected if wished. For works over 20 minutes, DFA will accept mailed DVDs to Dance Films Association, 48 West 21st Street, Suite 907, New York, NY 10010. APPLICATION ONLINE Visit: www.dancefilms.org/submit *********************************************** This year, DFA welcomes Liz Wolff as co-curator with FSLC curator Joanna Ney for the 2013 and 2014 Dance on Camera Festivals. Liz Wolff has over 15 years of professional experience in the performing arts, starting with a long performing career in dance. Originally from Boston, Liz moved to New York to train with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company and the Paul Taylor Company as a scholarship student. She became a founding member of Cortez & Company [Contemporary Ballet], and moved to Cleveland to be a founding member and principal dancer with Verb Ballets, performing works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Heinz Poll. After retiring from performing she returned to New York and continued to work in the arts as Festival Coordinator and Administrative Director for White Wave / John Ryan Theater in DUMBO. She was in charge of festival planning and development including initial review and selection of artists, coordination of rehearsal and production schedules, and management of production staff for the organization’s three annual festivals. In 2007, Liz moved into the film business, first in domestic distribution at The Weinstein Company, and then in the position of Head of Theatrical Sales for Oscilloscope Laboratories. Moving to the exhibitor’s side of the film distribution business, Liz became an assistant film buyer for The Film Group theater chain’s locations up and down the east coast. Liz currently runs her own consulting business for independent film distribution. Liz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BFA in Dance. She is currently serving on the Board of Young Variety, part of Variety the Children’s Charity of New York. DFA Executive Director Christy Park said, “After unprecedented success at last year’s 40th Anniversary Dance on Camera Festival, DFA is thrilled to envision the 2013 Dance on Camera Festival. We are equally excited to welcome Liz Wolff as our new festival curator. In collaboration with co-curator Joanna Ney, we believe Wolff’s work in both dance festivals and film distribution will lend to dynamic and inspired programming.” Joanna Ney joined the Dance on Camera Festival as co-curator in 1996. Prior to that she was the Film Society’s programmer for dance, initiating a film series titled “Capturing Choreography: Masters of Dance and Film” which presented filmmakers and choreographers for career retrospectives. Engaged by theatrical dancing since her teens, she studied ballet with Ben Harkarvy, Richard Thomas, Gabriella Darvash and John Barker; modern at the New Dance Group; and jazz with Matt Mattox. She was educated at Columbia School of General Studies and Fordham University. Joanna’s varied career has encompassed research, dance and film writing and publicity. She has held PR positions with most of the major motion picture companies, including MGM, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and Warner Bros. At WB she served as New York marketing and publicity consultant for Stanley Kubrick on “Barry Lyndon.” In 1982, she was appointed public relations director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, promoting the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films (co-presented with MoMA), the Gala Tribute and starting in 1990, their pioneering world cinema series. In 1994 she became a film programmer, curating retrospectives of actors and directors and initiating a ground- breaking dance-film series that in a single year brought Herbert Ross, Stanley Donen, Michael Kidd, Donald  O’Connor, Marge Champion, and Leslie Caron to the Walter Reade for career tributes. In addition, she was appointed a member of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films. Expressed by Joanna Ney, “For 16 years I have co-curated Dance on Camera Festival for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.  Film and dance have always been and continue to be my great passions. I am eagerly looking forward to continuing my association with DFA and its vibrant new team.” *********************************************** 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 and Films That Move. Visit: www.dancefilms.org Like: www.facebook.com/dancefilms Back: www.kickstarter.com/pages/DFA   Film Society of Lincoln Center Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, currently planning its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award”—to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com and follow #filmlinc on Twitter.  
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