2016 Film Selections
We are pleased to announce programming for our 7th fall festival, October 20 to 23 at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. Seventy films from around the globe, including many U.S. premieres, will offer audiences a kaleidoscopic look at dance in its varied forms, both old and new.
Abismo(Canada, 2016) 8:12
Director: Pablo Diconca
Choreographer: Catherine Gaudet
View Film | Schedule A man and a woman, drifting on a raft, dance with their instincts by choosing the only possible escape…
Armstrong Infused(USA, 2016) 2:15
Director: Hayley Bowman, Daniel Quinones
Choreographer: Hayley Bowman
View Film | Schedule A meditation on the vastness of nature and the profound therapy that it offers.
Be Fabulous, First Stop: Sexitude(USA, 2015) 5:09
Director: Meghan Ryan
Choreographer: D’Arcy Drollinger
More Info | Schedule Outfitted in neon spandex, fishnet stockings, and gold booty shorts, Sexitude dancers of all shapes, sizes, genders, sexual orientations, and fitness levels come to werk it.
Being and Nothingness(Canada, 2016) 8:29
Director: Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla
Choreographer: Guillaume Côté
View Trailer | Schedule A reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy. Featuring National Ballet of Canada Prima Ballerina Greta Hodgkinson.
Black Ballerina(USA, 2015) 60:00
Director: Frances McElroy
View Trailer | Schedule | Buy DVD Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, Black Ballerina tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. A story of passion, opportunity, and heartbreak that reaches beyond the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers in larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.
Body Language Zone(Finland, 2015) 10:13
Director: Kim Saarinen
Choreographer: Johanna Keinänen
View Trailer | Schedule In four episodes a humorous consultant gives expert advice on body language for the office environment.
Burning As It Runs(USA, 2015) 15:31
Director: Lucy Kerr
Choreographer: Lucy Kerr and Chris Carlone
View Trailer | Schedule Burning As It Runs is an exposition of the vibrancy and the failure of the human imagination. A woman in the desert dances in tension with her memories and dreams in a longing to be what she is not.
Clave(USA, 2015) 14:50
Director: Carmen Corral
Choreographer: Luis Ernesto Lopez Nuñez, Carlos Cordoba, Christopher Rojas, Carmen Corral
View Trailer | Schedule An undocumented worker dances in a local salsa competition to be noticed by the girl of his dreams.
Click Clack Click(New Zealand, 2015) 6:01
Director: James Wilkinson
Choreographer: Gina Stevens
Schedule A young waitress ponders on her place in society through dance. While making her way home that evening she fantasizes on what could be.
CODA(Canada, 2015) 11:00
Director: Denis Poulin, Martine Époque
Choreographer: Martine Époque, Frédérick Gravel
View Trailer | Schedule In this technically and formally innovative film, luminous bodies—created using motion capture techniques—transform and evolve to the rhythms of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Coire Ruadh(UK, 2015) 10:10
Director: Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson
Choreographer: Robbie Synge, Ruth Janssen, Frank McConnell
View Film | Schedule Coire Ruadh in the Scottish Highlands. A line is drawn on a map. the border of wild or not wild. Three dance artists’ responses at the same location at different times of year.
Connectivity(USA, 2015) 6:07
Director: RJ Muna
Choreographer: Jodi Lomask
View Film | Schedule Connectivity makes physical the psychological experience of intimacy. The support which allows a person to explore an openness that is impossible alone, can also frustrate in its tethering.
Crack the Cypher(Canada, 2014) 7:28
Director: Marites Carino
Choreographer: Tentacle Tribe
View Trailer | Schedule When a B-Boy stumbles upon a back alley battle, he gets ‘in the zone’ with a B-Girl. Here their spirits vibe in an out-of-body choreographic journey that soars up and beyond the cypher.
Dance of the Neurons(USA, 2015) 5:06
Director: Jody Oberfelder and Eric Siegel
Choreographer: Jody Oberfelder
View Film | Schedule Twenty-four dancers echo the birth of neurons and synaptic connections.
Dancing Day(USA, 2016) 3:53
Director: Tytus Bergstrom
Choreographer: Tytus Bergstrom
Schedule Fantasy about playing hooky from work and the surprise events that follow when leaving the house.
The Demiurge #1 (La Démiurge #1)(Italy, 2015) 1:10
Director: Alain El Sakhawi
Choreographer: Alain El Sakhawi – collaborating: Valeria Zampardi, Fernando Roldan Ferrer
View Film | Schedule A young mischievous girl plays with her victim.
Desert Widow(USA, 2015) 10:54
Director: Jil Guyon
Choreographer: Jil Guyon
View Film | Schedule Part performance documentation, part photographic cinematography, Desert Widow features an iconic, enigmatic woman traversing a vast, otherworldly landscape in an exploration of female identity, loss, and transcendence.
Disco(Germany, 2016) 2:09
Director: Boris Seewald
Choreographer: Simone Schmidt, Althea Corlett
View Film | Schedule A handmade dance video of 1,250 paintings on paper.
Evoke(USA, 2015) 3:00
Director: Alexander Gabrielli
View Film | Schedule Two ageless figures awaken and move together for a brief but intimate moment in time.
Expose(The Netherlands, 2015) 11:58
Director: Moniek van der Kallen
Choreographer: Moniek van der Kallen
View Trailer | Schedule Through transparent curtains and glass ornaments a girl appears, dancing around her room carefree. Lightheartedly she moves across the floor. Until she realizes she is not alone.
Exquisite Corps(USA, 2016) 5:49
Director: Mitchell Rose
View Film | Schedule | More Info Forty-two American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.
Flamenco(Canada, 2015) 12:00
Director: Gloria Ui Young Kim
Choreographer: Carmen Romero
View Trailer | Schedule A story within a story about lust, loneliness, and obsession, Flamenco takes us into the mind of dancer Camilla as she spins out of control and into madness.
Fluidity(USA, 2016) 3:34
Director: Syra McCarthy
Choreographer: Joseph Gapasin
Schedule Nothing is ever static.
The Girl in the Green Dress(USA, 2015) 15:00
Director: Johanna Goldstein
Choreographer: Justine Menter
View Trailer | Schedule A surreal drama, set in the conservative world of America’s 1950s housewives, exploring themes of modern feminism and sexual liberation.
Given(USA, 2016) 2:55
Director: Peter Clark
Choreographer: Khala Brannigan
View Film | Schedule A diptych film reflecting the energy we are given from our environment and how we return that energy with creative expression.
Graceful Girls(Australia, 2015) 95:00
Director: Olivia Peniston-Bird
Choreographer: Brianna Lee, Brooke Synnott, Diane Synnott, Enid Feltham
View Trailer | Schedule | Buy DVD In the beautiful, physically demanding, and uniquely Australian dance sport of Calisthenics, there is only one solo prize that matters: “Most Graceful Girl.”
hold ( S T I L L )(USA, 2016) 6:56
Director: Jenny Stulberg
Choreographer: Lauren Simpson & Jenny Stulberg
View Film | Schedule First dance-film in the collection “Still Life Dances,” a series of movement studies based on still life paintings from the de Young Museum.
I Loved You and I Loved You(UK, 2015) 3:17
Director: Roswitha Chesher
Choreographer: Sally Marie
View Film | Schedule A short film, inspired by a dance theatre work created by Sweetshop Revolution, about the life of composer Morfydd Owen, exploring both her music and the men she loved.
In Between(USA, 2016) 4:24
Director: Lillian Stamey & Blake Horn
Choreographer: Lillian Stamey
View Trailer | Schedule Two lovers, whose relationship has been uprooted and unraveled, are gripped by their inability to listen, trust, and surrender.
In Interlude(USA, 2016) 3:26
Director: Jamie Lew
Choreographer: Neaz Kohani
View Film | Schedule Dance and animation are combined to create a duet where the quiet inner experience of heartbreak and heart healing are shared with a roomful of strangers.
In Passing(USA, 2015) 10:57
Director: Andrea Schermoly
Choreographer: Andrea Schermoly
Schedule Starring four New York City Ballet dancers, In Passing explores one woman’s internal process during the breakdown of a relationship.
In the Countenance of Kings(USA, 2016) 3:17
Director: Ezra Hurwitz
Choreographer: Justin Peck
View Film | Schedule An original short-film adaptation of Justin Peck’s ballet, In the Countenance of Kings. Filmed on location in the old 16th Street Train Station in Oakland with music by Sufjan Stevens.
Indigo Grey: The Passage(USA, 2015) 7:00
Director: Sean Robinson
View Film | Schedule A young boy’s discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality.
Inheriting a Legacy (Herencia de un Pueblo)(Peru, 2016) 12:02
Director: Carmen Roman
Choreographer: Carmen Roman
Schedule Set in the vibrant Peruvian town of El Carmen, this film highlights the people, town, and dance legacy of African descendants in Peru.
Interlude(The Netherlands, 2015) 9:56
Director: Harrie Verbeek
Choreographer: Jelena Kostić
View Trailer | Schedule In a lonely fight for her identity, a woman finds power and acceptance through a bold and vulnerable dance.
itsy bitsy(USA, 2015) 6:37
Director: Lisa Kusanagi & JuJu Kusanagi
Choreographer: Lisa Kusanagi & JuJu Kusanagi
View Trailer | Schedule In order to think and create freely, sisters Lisa Kusanagi & JuJu Kusanagi question whether other forms of intelligence exist.
Just So(USA, 2016) 8:00
Director: Ben Estabrook & Amy Seiwert
Choreographer: Amy Seiwert
Schedule A morality play exploring anticipation and the ’70s.
Kick Ball Change(Russia/USA/Israel, 2016) 54:52
Director: Guy Sadot
Choreographer: Maxim Kozhevnikov
View Trailer | Schedule A glimpse into the creative, crazy, and inspiring mind of Maxim Kozhevnikov, five-time professional world champion in ballroom dance.
Lift You Up(USA, 2016) 4:55
Director: Lauren Clifford & Amanda Beane
Choreographer: Laura Kirkeby & Algerion Bryant
Schedule When a young Caucasian woman and African American man find themselves in an uncomfortable confrontation with each other and the police, they must examine their relationship with race and learn to acknowledge the Self in each other.
Maze(UK, 2016) 6:02
Director: Eve McConnachie
Choreographer: Sophie Laplane
View Film | Schedule Two young people discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine and derelict Glasgow swimming pool.
The Mechanical Ballet (Le Ballet Mécanique)(France, 2013) 22:00
Director: Lorraine Féline
View Trailer | Schedule Shot inside a factory which makes pointe shoes for ballet dancers, the film reveals the different steps of the shoes’ creation, highlights the gestures of the workers, and explores their relationship with the machines and the sounds they create.
Message To..(France, 2016) 15:00
Director: Rami Hassoun
Choreographer: Rami Hassoun
View Trailer | Schedule With reference to the Syrian conflict, this work reflects the exploitation of women—in other words, human beings—when economic greediness takes priority over political humanist engagement.
Molat & Molat(USA, 2016) 5:34
Director: Kate Duhamel
Choreographer: Pascal Molat
View Trailer | Schedule This is the story of Pascal Molat dancing, as told by Matisse Molat, age 5.
My “Best” Friend, According To Him(USA, 2016) 3:45
Director: Josh Anderson and Logan Hall
Choreographer: Josh Anderson
Schedule A man tries to remain zen when he is forced to carry his complaining co-worker around for the day.
Natalia & Robby dance ‘Ori Tahiti(French Polynesia, 2016) 2:36
Director: Marc E. Louvat
Choreographer: Natalia Louvat & Robby Ariiotima
Schedule Natalia Louvat & Robby Ariiotima are two ‘Ori Tahiti dancers. They won Best Duet prize in the Tahiti Nui Competition 2015. In Tahiti, on the edge of the road, they perform their music and dance.
NAVE(México, 2016) 4:51
Director: Tania Reza & Omar Linares
Choreographer: Tania Reza
View Film | Schedule In this futuristic concept-film, a vessel lands on a lonely planet and inspires the rebirth of a hopeless world that has lost its spiritual and natural conscience.
One Overture(USA, 2013) 10:07
Director: Edward King
Choreographer: Jorma Elo
Schedule Filmed over a three-day period, this documentary shows the collaboration between principal dancer Maria Kochetkova and choreographer Jorma Elo during the creation of a new dance piece.
Otis Walks Into The Woods(USA, 2016) 9:22
Director: Derrick Belcham and Emily Terndrup
Choreographer: Emily Terndrup
View Film | Schedule Set in the historic Philip Johnson Glass House, the film cross-examines the relationship between two dancers and the relationship between interior and exterior as it relates to the house, the mind, and the reflection of both.
Personal Pronouns(Slovakia, 2016) 15:27
Director: Andrea Sudorova
Choreographer: Jan Sevcik
View Trailer | Schedule A cinematic poem about the many faces of love.
Pharaohs of Memphis(USA, 2015) 54:05
Director: Phoebe Driscoll
Schedule Documentary about Jookin’, a form of dance that sprang up from the streets of Memphis in the 1980s, and the present-day tension between the pioneers and the stars of today’s world.
Primaria(USA, 2016) 83:27
Director: Mary Jane Doherty
View Trailer | Schedule This documentary follows three young children growing up in Cuba’s world-famous ballet system. It is a portrait through time, as cinematic brush strokes reveal the quiet miracle of growing up.
Promenade(Argentina, 2015) 8:50
Director: Cirila Luz Ferron
Choreographer: Florencia Olivieri
View Trailer | Schedule Promenade brings together dance, video, and architecture with the aim of finding new interpretations of space.
Ravages(Canada, 2015) 13:58
Director: Alan Lake
Choreographer: Alan Lake
View Trailer | Schedule Ravages tells a kind of abstract tale, inviting the viewer to dive into the raw and fragile world of a symbolic epic where the human confronts what is perishable or unchangeable.
Rebellion & Johannesburg(Germany, 2015) 4:47
Director: Leila El-Kayem
Choreographer: Jessica Nupen
View Film | Schedule A provocative dance film, based on a production of the same name, telling a story of xenophobia, violence, and resilience against the backdrop of the 2012 Marikane mining massacre in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Reborn(UK, 2015) 4:35
Director: Andrew Margetson
Choreographer: Alastair Marriott
View Film | Schedule A portrait of a star dancer coming back from injury.
Relapse(USA, 2016) 3:07
Director: Stéphane Glynn
Choreographer: Stéphane Glynn & Kelly Bruce
Schedule A short experimental dance film featuring a dancer slowly falling into an all-encompassing darkness.
Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom(UK, 2015) 90:00
Director: Richard Curson-Smith
View Trailer | Schedule A close-focus dramatized documentary telling the extraordinary story of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West at the height of the Cold War. Narrated by those involved in the events, including first-time testimony from key participants, and with performance re-enactments from Bolshoi star Artem Ovcharenko
Ruin(Canada, 2016) 4:42
Director: Caroline Torti, Bree Wasylenko, James Arthurs, Cam Roden
Choreographer: Caroline Torti, Bree Wasylenko
View Film | Schedule Follows the disintegration of a woman who loses pieces of herself with each new relationship, until she can barely recognize her own reflection.
Sand(Sweden, 2015) 11:00
Director: Linnea Bergman
Choreographer: Joakim Stephenson
View Trailer | Schedule A portrait of two souls meeting for the first time in a landscape of sand. It’s a story of allowing yourself to trust, to be free and letting go.
The Secret Woman(USA, 2015) 6:40
Director: Melinda Darlington-Bach
Choreographer: Melinda Darlington-Bach
View Film | Schedule Charles Dickens led a prolific and full life, but he had a secret…Her name was Ellen Lawless Ternan.
Separate Sentences(USA, 2016) 15:00
Director: Austin Forbord, Amie Dowling
Choreographer: Amie Dowling, Natalie Greene
View Film | Schedule Dance/theater film that addresses the cycle of incarceration in families by drawing upon individual experiences and physical memories of a cast of formerly incarcerated men and their sons.
Shadow State(Canada, 2015) 3:00
Director: David Cooper
Choreographer: Danielle Gardner
View Film | Schedule It’s in darkness that we find our true light.
Shift(USA, 2015) 11:00
Director: Rachael Lincoln and Amelia Rudolph
Choreographer: Amelia Rudolph
View Film | Schedule Bay Area vertical dance company BANDALOOP journeys across the Sierras using climbing technology to access back-country sites including a 2,900-foot dance wall. BANDALOOP challenges the boundaries of site-specific performance, re-imagining what dance can be and where it can take place.
Snags in Palladio(Italy, 2015) 6:20
Director: Michele Manzini
Choreographer: Barbara Canal & Michele Manzini
View Film | Schedule A series of moving tableaux that reflect the Platonic idea of supreme beauty, as well as its contradictory nature in the modern world.
Spark(Germany, 2015) 2:58
Director: Boris Seewald
Choreographer: Simone Schmidt, Althea Corlett
View Film | Schedule An encounter between classical dance, geometry, and electronic music.
Tailored(Italy, 2014) 1:20
View Trailer | Schedule A tailor, his wife: a day like any other. Then she comes in. The rhythmic gestures of the craft become a dance now. A dancing ménage à trois in one minute.
Through the Eyes of My Meal(USA, 2016) 6:29
Director: Jordan Taylor Fuller
Choreographer: Katherine Maxwell
View Film | Schedule A contemporary dance film investigating vulnerability and betrayal.
Ward of State by Claire Marshall(Australia, 2014) 29:23
Director: Sarah Jane Woulahan
Choreographer: Claire Marshall
Schedule Narrative dance film about a girl who was taken from her mother and stepfather and placed under the care of the state in an Australian convent in the 1940s.
Warehouse Samba(USA, 2015) 2:54
Director: Gabriel Shalom
Choreographer: Gabriel Shalom, Mandy Cregan, Taylor Eggan, Rachael Lembo
View Film | Schedule Video sampling and synchronized audiovisual counterpoint create a fusion of contact improvisation and musique concrete.
We, Divine(USA, 2016) 4:19
Director: Walter Yamazaki
Choreographer: Robert Dekkers
View Film | Schedule Inspired by the idea of reincarnation, We, Divine is a film exploring the idea of eternity.
Without A Word(UK, 2016) 3:49
Director: Youness Benali
Choreographer: Benjamin Milan, Dominant, Gianna Gi, Kaner Scott, Malick Bright, Paleta
View Film | Schedule As dancers freestyle in a concrete jungle, their movements express the raw feelings, emotions, and pain that words cannot.