For the first time, SFDFF has designated a special venue to screen live performance capture films. Alexander Ekman’s “Swan Lake” and “Midsummer Nights Dream”, the Dutch National Ballet’s “Mata Hari” and “The Ninth Symphony by Maurice Bejart” will all be screened at the 8th annual fall festival. The festival will feature over 90 dance films from around the world, running Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 22 across four venues. Along with screenings, the full festival will include opening and closing receptions, post-screening Q&A with filmmakers, brief live performances, and special presentations.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location: Variety Club Preview Room
Program details will be updated on September 7
photo: Aleksey Bochkovsky
SFDFF Tech Director Ben Estabrook will be teaching a new class called “Film Production for Dance and Movement” at UC Berkeley this summer. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of filmmaking techniques with a focus on screendance. By the end of this hands-on class, students will have created a short dance film using the provided video production equipment and editing facilities. Previous video production experience and enrollment in a university or college are not required. More Info
July 17 – August 4, 2017
MTWTF 9:00AM–12:00PM and 1:00PM–4:00PM
Location: UC Berkeley
photo: Elena Zhukova
In celebration of International Dance Day and Bay Area National Dance Week, SFDFF and San Francisco Public Library presented highlights from the 2016 festival with films by bay-area filmmakers followed by the documentary Kick Ball Change, which offers a window into the creative, crazy, and inspiring mind of Maxim Kozhevnikov, five-time professional world champion in latin ballroom dance. More Info>>
To all our Lindy Hoppers and swing dance fans, please join us for a wonderful evening watching one of the most infectiously fun and informative films you’ll see on the culture of the current swing dance world. There’s no way the viewer can keep still or not feel the joy of Susan Glatzer’s film Alive & Kicking.
Come dressed in your favorite outfits as we’ll give out prizes for best outfits, shoes and poses – we’ll have a photographer on site.
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Tuesday, April 4 | 8:00 – 10:00pm
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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SFDFF expands its festival reach by partnering with Catharine Clark Gallery. SFDFF’s presentation of the film installation The Running Tongue from UK Choreographer Siobhan Davies and Filmmaker David Hinton, is part of BOX BLUR | Dance, Word and Performance in Concert with Kambui Olujimi’s What Endures, an ambitious gathering of artists and dance organizations curated by Catharine Clark celebrating dance.
Read more about the entire BOX BLUR exhibition and participants.
Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
SFDFF will kick off the 2016 festival with the U.S. premier of Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom. This close-focus dramatized documentary tells the extraordinary story of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West at the height of the Cold War. Filmed in St. Petersburg and Paris, the film is narrated by those involved in the events, including first-time testimony from key participants, and includes performance re-enactments by Bolshoi star Artem Ovcharenko.
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Also on the program is In the Countenance of Kings, a short film adaptation of Justin Peck’s new work for San Francisco Ballet.
Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom
Directed by Richard Curson-Smith
(UK, 2015) 90 min
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue
SFDFF is pleased to Co-present Mr. Gaga at the Jewish Film Festival.
Inspiring and tough, charismatic yet prickly, Ohad Naharin is Mr. Gaga, Israel’s rock star choreographer and the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Raised on a kibbutz in the 1950s and only receiving his first formal training at the age of 22, Naharin is a larger-than-life, picaresque hero, whose biography resembles a Who’s Who of modern dance. Naharin invented his own playful and exploratory style of movement called Gaga and returned to Israel where he went on to create some of the most provocative and physically demanding choreography of the 21st century. Mr. Gaga is a fascinating look at the life and work of one of the most unconventional figures in the contemporary world of dance. More Info
Directed by Tomer Heymann
(Israel, 2015) 95min
Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 11:30 AM – Castro Theater
Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 11:30 AM – Roda Theater
SFDFF is proud to announce its selection as a Special Award Honoree for the 2016 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. The ceremony was held March 21 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, known locally as the “Izzies,” are awarded annually to acknowledge exceptional creative achievements in the performance and presentation of dance. Awards are given in nine categories to honor the dancers, choreographers, designers, composers, dance companies, dance scholars and other individuals who have made important contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving dance community. Read More.