2014 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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The Man Behind The Throne

(Sweden/USA, 2013) 58:00
Director: Kersti Grunditz
Choreographer: Vincent Paterson

Vincent Paterson is the choreographer who created defining moves for stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. He challenges the myth of self-destructive fame with his joy of creation, his tough work ethics and his personal integrity. He is an artist unknown to most people, whose work is seen by millions.

BEST STUDENT FILM

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STAND

(USA, 2013) 21:09
Director: Melanie D’Andrea

Through Krump, one dance crew takes a stand against the poverty and crime plaguing South Los Angeles.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Ballet Spiral

(Belgium, 2013) 3:17
Director: Sam Asaert

Stop and pause for a moment. Behold and reflect upon the static beauty that dying movements leave in their wake. Experience the worlds of dance as never before.

 

BEST EDITING

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Globe Trot

(USA+ 25 countries, 2013) 4:35
Director: Mitchell Rose
Choreographer: Bebe Miller

An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each shoot one second of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller.

BEST SCREENDANCE SHORT OVER 10 MIN

Off Ground 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Off Ground

(The Netherlands, 2013) 12:30
Director: Boudewijn Koole
Choreographer: Jakop Ahlbom

A dance film about a boy who says farewell to his mother.

Honorable Mention: Silent Places

(Romania, 2013) 12:00
Director: Simona Deaconescu
Choreographer: Simona Deaconescu

BEST SCREENDANCE SHORT UP TO 10 MIN

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Glace crevasse et dérive

(Canada, 2013) 9:42
Directors: Albert Girard, Chantal Caron
Choreographer: Chantal Caron

This film is a metaphorical piece about death and the perpetual cycle of life. Along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, the drifting blocks of ice caught in the river’s current represent the flow of time.

Honorable Mention: Rules of the Game

(Canada and USA, 2014) 8:25
Directors: Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman
Choreographers: Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman

BEST SCREENDANCE SHORT UNDER 5 MIN

Home Alone 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Home Alone

(Israel, 2013) 2:00
Director: Adi Halfin
Choreographer: improvised

Featuring the Bat Sheva Dance Company ensemble, this short film imparts an atmosphere of “parental absence” as the dancers make creative use of the space – an abandoned building — combining planned and improvised choreography.

Honorable Mention: Samba

(USA, 2014) 2:40
Directors: Andrea Lerner, Rosane Chamecki
Choreographer: chameckilerner

2014 Audience Favorites

The following films were selected by audience survey as the individual program favorites:

Opening Night: International Screendance Shorts

OffGroundOff Ground

(The Netherlands, 2013) 12:30
Director: Boudewijn Koole
Choreographer: Jakop Ahlbom

A dance film about a boy who says farewell to his mother.

Love Stories & Glove Story

ItRemainsIt Remains

(USA, 2013) 10:00
Director: Andrew Morgan
Choreographer: Kent Boyd

A story about You and Me, before and after love.

Redefining Dance

EnemyWithin2Enemy Within: The Making Of & Short Film

(USA, 2013) 45:00
Director, Making Of: Eric Seals
Director, Short Film: David Anderson
Choreographer: Preston Miller

A behind-the-scenes documentary accompanying the short film “Enemy Within”, featuring some of America’s top dancers in an unprecedented collaboration as they explore a unique blending of dance genres.

Screendance Matinee

ShiftShift

(UK, 2014) 4:14
Directors: Del Mak, Patrick Ryder
Choreographer: Del Mak

Ever wanted to do something different? When life becomes a routine, step out of the ordinary and follow your dreams. “Shift” follows a white-collar worker who escapes the confines of his working environment, exploring & dancing freely through the outside world.

Paul Taylor: Creative Domain

amyyoung_paultaylorPaul Taylor: Creative Domain

(USA, 2013) 82:00
Director: Kate Geis
Choreographer: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and admired choreographers. For over 60 years, he has only given glimpses into his creative process. We witness a rare exploration of Taylor creating and a work ethic that has made some of the most iconic dances of our time.

The Man Behind The Throne + STAND

filmvincentpaterson2The Man Behind The Throne

(Sweden/USA, 2013) 58:00
Director: Kersti Grunditz
Choreographer: Vincent Paterson

Vincent Paterson is the choreographer who created defining moves for stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. He challenges the myth of self-destructive fame with his joy of creation, his tough work ethics and his personal integrity. He is an artist unknown to most people, whose work is seen by millions.

Saturday Night Shorts

Gaia2Gaia

(Australia, 2014) 14:47
Directors: Erin Fowler, Nick Graalman
Choreographer: Erin Fowler

Mother Earth is struggling for survival in an increasingly degraded and urbanised planet. “Gaia” uses an evocative blend of movement, music and film to highlight this reality.

I Got Rhythm

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(USA, 2013) 62:00
Director: Jackie Paré

Warm, vivacious and chock-full of interviews with numerous dance artists and experts, as well as vintage and contemporary performance footage, “Tap or Die” addresses the undeniable triumphs and ongoing controversies within the tap dance field.

Ballet Forms

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(USA, 2013) 52:00
Director: Fabrice Herrault

On the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s death, Fabrice Herrault has assembled an impressionistic tribute film that showcases this Byronic artist in some of his peerless early performances through archival footage, much of it previously unseen, revealing “Rudi” at the peak of his powers.

Co-Laboratory Films + Local Shorts

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(USA, 2014) 4:22
Director: Morgan Wise
Choreographer: Robert Moses