Five-Minute Filmmaker Interview with Kate Duhamel

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.

Kate Photo Twins shoot copy Jpeg

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?
Sea breeze

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.

Aloft Still


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SFB Vine Still


Stay Tuned

The results are in. Seventy films have been selected for dance screen 2013 and will be presented at new festival venues the Roxie Theater, Thursday September 12 and at Delancey Screening Room, Friday, September 13–Sunday, September 15. The complete lineup will be announced August 1, along with international guests and celebrations.



Aloft 3D Film Still

Notification Deadline

Aloft 3D Film Still

Courtesy of Fountain 3 Films, © Golden Gate 3D

Thanks for your patience. Due to the large number of submissions received, our screening committees still have a way to go before viewing all submitted films. Notifications will now be sent to filmmakers by the end of June. Great to receive so many submissions, but we do need to screen them all!


Pre-Selection Committees Hard at Work!

300 hundred submissions are now being screened by teams at dance screen in Vienna and SFDFF and their partners at SF Ballet and SF Film Society.  Every film must be screened by at least 3 pairs of eyes so the marathon is on! Filmmakers will be notified later in June as to whether their film has been selected for screening at the festival.  Stay tuned.


Thank you!

Thank you all for your submissions. This year we received 312! Every entry, regardless of selection for screening in the festival, will be included in the IMZ archives, one of the largest collections of dance films in the world. A BIG THANKS TO THE FILMMAKERS!!