Interested in learning more about the history of dance-based films? SFDFF Artistic Director Greta Schoenberg and 2013 Co-Laboratory filmmaker John Haptas will be guest lecturers this fall at Kathryn Roszak’s course, Moving Images, Dance and Film, offered at UC Berkeley. More Info>>
SFDFF is pleased to co-present the screening of Trash Dance as part of SF DocFest. Choreographer Allison Orr joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.” Screens with Bookin’. More Info>>
Saturday, June 14 | 4:45 pm & Thursday, June 19 | 7:00 pm
Join SFDFF, in association with San Francisco Ballet and Ballet San Jose, on Wednesday, May 14 for the West Coast premier of Secundaria. For more information about the film, read the Huffington Post REVIEW.
A film by Mary Jane Doherty
Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco 94115 | MAP
Wednesday, May 14 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
SFDFF co-presents All That Jazz as part of the SF International Film Festival, which returns April 25-May 9. Roy Scheider stands in for writer/director Bob Fosse in Fosse’s dazzling, self-lacerating and clearly autobiographical musical, a Best Picture nominee about a celebrated choreographer/director who fantasizes about his mortality as he juggles his many women, the edit of a movie and rehearsals for a new stage production. Read More>>
Tickets on sale at festival.sffs.org
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Sunday, April 27 | 12:30 pm
Friday, May 2 | 8:30 pm
In honor of Bay Area National Dance Week, San Francisco Public Library in partnership with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to screen the dance documentary A History of Dance on Screen by Reiner Moritz. After a brief intermission we will show an eclectic selection of screendance shorts from SFDFF’s 2013 festival.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco 94102 | MAP
Saturday, April 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | Free Admission
Jeremy Moss: Chroma
San Francisco Cinematheque, in association with SFDFF, presents the world premieres of two dance films, Pull/Drift by Margaret Rorison (with performance by The Effervescent Collective) and That Dizzying Crest by Jeremy Moss, with choreography and performance by Pamela Vail of collaborative dance group, The Architects. In addition, this program will include Moss’ Chroma and other films. More Information>>
CROSSROADS 2014 Program 5
intimate immensities: ritual takes form and my beating heart bounds with exulting motion
2961 16th Street, San Francisco 94103
Saturday, April 5 | 3:00 pm.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival is honored to receive a 2014 Goldie Award from the SF Bay Guardian. Goldies (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) winners are selected by a group of SF Bay Guardian editors and contributors to award work that stands out for being provocative, influential, inspiring, and even awe-inspiring.
25th Annual Goldies Awards
Friday February 21, 2014, 8:00-11:00 pm.
Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom Street, San Francisco
SFDFF is delighted to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation to help support the second round of the Co-Laboratory. This “laboratory” is an opportunity for three teams of local artists — professional filmmakers, choreographers, dancers and composers — to create three short dance films in one week. The final results will be screened at our festival and also submitted to other festivals around the world. More>>
If you saw even a fraction of the films at the Festival you will appreciate that choosing a winner is truly a challenge. But the Jury took on this difficult job and now we have our winners:
Best Film Award ($5,000)
The Six Seasons
(FRANCE, 2012) 51min
Director: Gilles Delamas
Choreographer: Akram Khan
The Six Seasons successfully integrates the dance and narrative content highlighting personal, cultural geographical and artistic worlds. The use of original music and digital effects completes the vision.
Best Student Film Award ($2,000)
Best Category C2 — Screendance Films Up To 15 Minutes
(GERMANY, 2012) 7min
Director: Boris Seewald
Choreography: Boris Seewald
Inventive, original, honest, and witty, Momentum has great energy and refreshes the genre with youthful vigor. Seewald demonstrates a confident use of the film medium to convey the power and depth of the dance experience. View Film
Best Category A — Live Performance Relay
(GERMANY/SPAIN, 2012) 100min
Director: Andreas Morell
Choreographer: Alain Platel
C(h)oeurs recreates the qualities of the live performance, capturing the essence of the theatrical experience. Through all levels of production, the film demonstrates unflinching commitment to the integrity of the work.
Best Category B — Camera Rework
How Like An Angel
(UK/AUSTRALIA, 2012) 47min
Director: Robert Hollingworth, Yaron Lifschitz, Circa
How Like An Angel is an inspired and original work that combines movement, light, camera and location to create a poetic and powerful vision. It is a mature work that creates a lasting resonance.
Best Category C1 — Screendance Films Up To 5 Minutes
Written in the Margins
(USA, 2012) 4min
Director: RJ Muna
Choreography: Wendy Rein, Ryan T. Smith
Written In The Margins is a minimalist work that is choreographed in the editing room as much as in the studio. It is concise, sophisticated and well crafted.
Best Category C3 — Screendance Films Longer Than 15 Minutes
(AUSTRIA/SLOVAKIA, 2010) 19min
Director: Peter Bebjak
Choreography: Yuri Korec, Helene Weinzierl
Cinematic in its vision, Voices tells a difficult story through the body, which is minutely choreographed in a confined space. The director draws sensitive screen performances from the dancers, which lead the viewers into their internal world.
Jury members: (left to right: Lynette Kessler, William Trevitt, Muriel Maffre, Michael Nunn, Ellen Bromberg). Photo by Michelle Iki
For the first day of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival screen dance 2013 our Staff Writer, Erin Malley, interviews filmmaker Kate Duhamel whose film Aloft screens Opening Night, as well as in 3D on Saturday evening; and, we should mention, a still from Aloft is this year’s official festival image because it depicts beautiful dancers and conveys the striking landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area!
Kate Duhamel is an independent filmmaker in San Francisco. Having made both narrative and documentary films previously, her focus is now on dance films which she makes through her production company, Fountain 3 Films. Several of Kate’s dance films have shown and been honored at film festivals around the world.
What is the title of your film to be screened at the SFDFF?
What was the inspiration for your film? A movement, an image, or a story? Or none of those?
I was inspired by the America’s Cup sailboats, which are competing in the Bay this September. The speed and grace of these fastest boats in the world is extraordinary, and worthy of expression through dance.
What kind of camera did you use to shoot it?
2 Reds on a Steadicam 3D rig! Quite an undertaking!
Summarize your film in 3 words.
Fly, fly, fly.
What color is your film?
What does it taste like?
What did you learn during the creation process of this film?
3D is very difficult, both in shooting and in post production. There are many camera setting and angles that have to be dialed in perfectly. I also learned again how wonderful dancers are, who deliver their beautiful art while freezing [cold] beyond all reasonable expectation.