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Dance on Camera Reflections by Deirdre Towers 30 years ago I started working for DFA. I had gone to Susan Braun, the founder of DFA seeking a fiscal sponsorship for a cross-cultural documentary on Argentine Tango. She granted me the fiscal umbrella but she also recruited me to write her...

Bird Watching: A Review by Elizabeth Zimmer BLACK SWAN aced its opening weekend, albeit one of the slowest box-office weekends of the year; The New York Times on December 6 reported that in the art-house category, playing at only 18 theaters, it grossed $1.4 million, a record for Fox Searchlight,...

Dance: An Expanding Practice - Journal Part III by Blakeley White-McGuire Dance on film revealed its form to me while reviewing raw footage of new choreography, which I had casually filmed during a creative residency in New York City last summer. In a moment, I was struck by the camera’s...

Bird Watching: A Review by Elizabeth Zimmer BLACK SWAN aced its opening weekend, albeit one of the slowest box-office weekends of the year; The New York Times on December 6 reported that in the art-house category, playing at only 18 theaters, it grossed $1.4 million, a record for Fox Searchlight,...

Dance on Camera Journal - September/October issue Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV (below) What is Dis? by Elena TaJo What is Dis? Dis-ability. A lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability. Incapacity. A physical or mental handicap. So how does a cripple dance? And do...

Below is the third installment of DFA’s first web-based, episodic delivery of its Dance on Camera Journal. In a previous post, you’ll find the introduction to the Sept/Oct issue, and the first of four articles written especially for it.  In the next, you'll find the second installment....

Below is the second installment of DFA's first web-based, episodic delivery of its Dance on Camera Journal. In a previous post, you'll find the introduction to the Sept/Oct issue, and the first of four articles written especially for it.  If you'd like to read the entire issue...

Welcome to our first web-based, episodic delivery of the September/October 2010 Dance on Camera Journal. Below you'll find the introduction to this issue, and the first of four articles written especially for it.  If you'd like to read the entire issue now, please become...

September/October 2010 Members' Voices In this issue we are pleased to focus on the voices of DFA members. The dance film community is a growing one, and we offer herein an opportunity to hear some of the diverse and committed voices of its participants. DFA asked four active professionals who...

to the Annual Members Meeting. It was a very convivial gathering, which included recent post-production grant awardees, long-time and brand new members, as well as representatives from one of our fiscally-sponsored projects - and, of course, the Board of DFA .  Revised Bylaws were passed,...

Moving Pictures Festival suspends operations; MADance begins by Philip Szporer Toronto’s Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, a significant presence on the international circuit since 1992, has suspended operations, as we know it, says co-founder and former artistic director Kathleen Smith. But Moving Pictures,...

Jan/Feb 2007 Journal BREAK wins Jury Prize of Dance on Camera Festival 2007 BREAK by New Zealand choreographer/director/writer Shona McCullagh wins the 2007 Jury Award for DFA's 35th annual Dance on Camera Festival. The Festival 2007 Jury, comprised of Elizabeth Zimmer, Ronald Gray, Hélène Lesterlin, Kelly Hargraves,...

Creating a country-symphony, as inspired by Artavazd Peleshian a fiscal sponsored project of DFA by Alla Kovgan In 2001, I discovered several poetic films SEASONS, INHABITANTS, and WE by post-WWII Soviet Armenian avant-garde filmmaker Artavazd Peleshian. SEASONS struck me the most. Without a single word, but through...

REVIEW: A WINK AND A SMILE by Shantal Parris Riley An energizing and exciting foray into the West Coast world of burlesque dance, A WINK AND A SMILE is a real adrenaline shot in the arm. Produced by Golden Echo Films, the film tells the story of a group...

Screening/Class for the Premiere of JULIA & JOYCE Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) presented on March 13, 2010 a world premiere screening of the documentary JULIA AND JOYCE: THE STORY OF TWO PIONEERS directed by Sonia Dumas, Trinidad & Tobago, 2009, 60M. The filmmaker and one of...

DANCE SCREEN SWEDEN – THE NEW MIX review by Shantal Parris Riley Dance Screen Sweden’s The New Mix is an eclectic short film series, made over the last thirteen years. While Pontus Lidberg’s THE RAIN has been screened and praised repeatedly around the world, and Klara Elenius’s INSIGHT was shown last...

Nominations for Dance on Camera Festival 2010 Jury Prize/Short Film Category DFA’s 38th Dance on Camera Festival offers strong shorts this year, with sixteen women directors. This year’s Jury, comprised of Terry Fox, Arthur Aviles and Zsoka Nej, nominated the following titles for the Jury Prize/Short Film Category with their...

The Jury for DFA's 37th annual Dance On Camera Festival announces its nominations for the 2009 Dance on Camera Prize DFA’s 2009 Festival Jury - Tere O’Connor, Caterina Bartha, Lois Greenfield, and Madeleine Shapiro - met in the first week of December to deliberate as to what titles will be...

Alla Kovgan & David Hinton create a stellar dance film NORA in Mozambique with Bessie award-winner Nora Chipaumire NORA is a breakthrough dance film commissioned by the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, based on the life of Nora...

The mystery that drives us: Encountering director Thierry de Mey by Allen Kaeja “It’s the mystery that continuously drives us to the next project. What are the obstacles to solve, the curiosity to satisfy.” Thierry de Mey To attempt to encapsulate a four-day workshop led by director Thierry de Mey in...

[caption id="attachment_3735" align="alignleft" width="224" caption=""Float" by Niomi"][/caption] These Laban Movement Analysis references are something I find difficult to avoid in my everyday vernacular even though few people ever “get” my jokes.  Float is a combination of Indirect, Sustained, and Light Effort life while Glide is a combination...