2015 Award Winners

2015 FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS


BEST DOCUMENTARY

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Rare Birds, Director: T.M. Rives, Choreographer: Alexander Ekman

Rare Birds

(USA/Norway, 2014) 59:01
Director: T.M. Rives
Choreographer: Alexander Ekman
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A making-of documentary following every aspect of production of Alexander Ekman’s technically challenging A Swan Lake (nominated for 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse) at the Norwegian National Ballet.
 

HONORABLE MENTION
Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

(USA, 2015) 82:00
Director: Jack Walsh
Choreographer: Yvonne Rainer
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Yvonne Rainer has been overthrowing genres and radically altering the way we experience dance, film, and performance art for 50 years. This film examines the contradictions and creativity of this remarkable provocateur.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Inheritor Recordings, Director: Brian Johnson & Lisa Gelley, Choreographer: Josh Martin

Inheritor Recordings

(Canada, 2014) 6:20
Director: Brian Johnson & Lisa Gelley
Choreographer: Josh Martin
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Inheritor Recordings is a reimagined adaptation of an excerpt from 605’s original stage work, and warps time and place to augment and expand 605’s raw physicality.


BEST DIRECTOR / BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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Ruben van Leer/Symmetry

(The Netherlands, 2015) 53:24
Director: Ruben van Leer
Choreographer: Lukas Timulak
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While Cern researcher Lukas is working on the theory of everything and the smallest particle, he is thrown off balance. Through Claron’s singing he rediscovers love, in an endless landscape, when time didn’t exist; a love with no end…


BEST SCREENDANCE SHORT OVER 10 MIN

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Pas, Director: Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard, Choreographer: Stéphanie Thellen

Pas

(Canada, 2015) 14:40
Director: Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard
Choreographer: Stéphanie Thellen
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Through her life, Rose has followed her passion for dance by using it as a singular method of communication essential to connecting with her surroundings.
 

HONORABLE MENTION
A Short History of Madness
(Canada, 2014) 27:00
Director: Isabelle Hayeur
Choreographer: Virginie Brunelle
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Bringing together contemporary dance and architecture in a series of six pieces, A Short History of Madness evokes the history of treatment of mental illness.


BEST SCREENDANCE SHORT UP TO 10 MIN

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Lay Me Low, Director: Marlene Millar, Choreographer: Sandy Silva

Lay Me Low

(Canada, 2015) 7:50
Director: Marlene Millar
Choreographer: Sandy Silva
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Performed by ten dancers, musicians and singers, Lay Me Low cuts right to the heart to communicate a universal feeling of loss while evoking a paradoxical sense of intimacy.
 

HONORABLE MENTION
Inheritor Recordings
(Canada, 2014) 6:20
Director: Brian Johnson & Lisa Gelley
Choreographer: Josh Martin
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Inheritor Recordings is a reimagined adaptation of an excerpt from 605’s original stage work, and warps time and place to augment and expand 605’s raw physicality.


BEST SCREENDANCE SHORT UNDER 5 MIN

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Snap Into It, Director: Devin Jamieson & Jillian Meyers, Choreographer: Jillian Meyers

Snap Into It

(USA, 2014) 3:57
Director: Devin Jamieson & Jillian Meyers
Choreographer: Jillian Meyers
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A gleeful digression from anticipated outcome, in favor of savoring the pursuit of whim // Following a renegade train of thought with dimension, texture, and amplitude // A staccato attempt to trace the digressions from an iconic Langston Hughes poem.
 

HONORABLE MENTION
Lost in Motion II
(Canada, 2013) 4:34
Director: Ben Shirinian
Choreographer: Guillaume Côté

Featuring National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Heather Ogden, the film combines original choreography, stylized art direction and seamless VFX to visually interpret the experience of an artist baring her soul on stage.


BEST STUDENT FILM

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Continuum, Director: Natalianne Boucher, Choreographer: Stéphane Fratti

Continuum

(France, 2014) 9:15
Director: Natalianne Boucher
Choreographer: Stéphane Fratti
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A choreographic film mixing dance and animation. Our perception of time and its connection with space is explored in movement through the symbolic depiction of sand’s matter.
 

HONORABLE MENTION
Tap, Tap, Tap
(USA, 2014/2015) 4:30
Director: Theo Taplitz
Choreographer: Theo Taplitz & Denise Sheerer

A boy suffering from hearing loss finds a pair of magic tap shoes hanging from a telephone wire.


IMPACT AWARD

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners

Let’s Get The Rhythm: The Life and Times of Mary Mack

(USA, 2014) 53:00
Director: Irene Chagall & Steve Zeitlin
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Chronicles the history of hand-clapping games on playgrounds around the world. Through wars and migrations, across language barriers and oceans, young girls connect with each other through thousands of variants—as ancient as they are global.


2015 AUDIENCE FAVORITES

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

Opening Night: International Shorts 1

SFDFF, Continuum, Natalianne Boucher

Continuum

(France, 2014) 9:15
Director: Natalianne Boucher
Choreographer: Stéphane Fratti

A choreographic film mixing dance and animation. Our perception of time and its connection with space is explored in movement through the symbolic depiction of sand’s matter.


International Shorts 2

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Snap Into It, Director: Devin Jamieson & Jillian Meyers Choreographer: Jillian Meyers

Snap Into It

(USA, 2014) 3:57
Director: Devin Jamieson & Jillian Meyers
Choreographer: Jillian Meyers
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A gleeful digression from anticipated outcome, in favor of savoring the pursuit of whim // Following a renegade train of thought with dimension, texture, and amplitude // A staccato attempt to trace the digressions from an iconic Langston Hughes poem.


International Shorts 3

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Short History of Madness, photo: Caroline Hayeur

A Short History of Madness

(Canada, 2014) 27:00
Director: Isabelle Hayeur
Choreographer: Virginie Brunelle

Bringing together contemporary dance and architecture in a series of six pieces, A Short History of Madness evokes the history of treatment of mental illness.


Co-Laboratory Films + Local Shorts

SFDFF 2015 Festival Winners, Co-Laboratory, Director: Mark Kohr Choreographer: Christopher Stowell

Mad Scene 2.0

(USA, 2015) 4:40
Director: Mark Kohr
Choreographer: Christopher Stowell

A Silicon Valley office is the setting for a twenty-first century mad scene.