Co-Laboratory Films + Local Shorts + Festival Awards

The 2018 Co-Laboratory, a unique collaboration between two teams of choreographers and filmmakers, will premiere the project’s two short dance films. This year’s teams include choreographer Nicole Klaymoon with filmmaker Morgan Wise and choreographer Mike Esperanza with filmmaker Erin Brown Thomas. The celebration will include a two-part program of local films by Bay Area artists, and will conclude with SFDFF’s award ceremony, which will include cash awards for winners, chosen by an independent jury in six categories. With post-event reception.

Special live performance by Oakland’s Dimensions Dance Theater, celebrating its 45th anniversary as the oldest African-American dance company on the West Coast.

Co-presented by Dancers’ Group

Sunday, October 14, 6:30 PM

Brava Theater
2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Chrysalis

Chrysalis

(United States, 2018)
Director: Nicole Klaymoon in collaboration with Morgan Wise
Choreographer: Nicole Klaymoon

One of two Co-Laboratory films created with the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron in Ohio.

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But First

But First

(United States, 2018)
Director: Erin Brown Thomas
Choreographer: Mike Esperanza

One of two Co-Laboratory films created with the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron in Ohio.

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Let's Begin at the End

Let’s Begin at the End

(United States, 2018) 5:07
Director: Matthew Mckee
Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden

Let’s Begin at the End is an original short film for the world premiere production of Dwight Rhoden’s ballet of the same name made for San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works.

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The Specter of the Other

The Specter of the Other

(United States, 2018) 3:42
Director: Brendan Barthel, Katherine Helen Fisher
Choreographer: Brendan Barthel, Katherine Helen Fisher

Investigating what is seen as human touch using martial arts and dance as vocabulary, but taking them out of context and bias as aggressive, decorative or kind

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Underneath

Underneath

(United States, 2018) 6:06
Director: Charlie Stellar
Choreographer: Charlie Stellar

Three humans journey through a triangle of discovery.

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Guernica

Guernica

(United States, 2018) 3:53
Director: Kate Duhamel
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Guernica is an original short film for the world premiere production of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s ballet of the same name made for San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works.

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Skies Calling Skies Falling

Skies Calling Skies Falling

(United States, 2017) 8:26
Director: David Hodge, Hi-jin Hodge
Choreographer: Margaret Jenkins

A collaboration with MJDC (Margaret Jenkins Dance Company) Skies Calling Skies Falling uses shock – the physical, emotional and intellectual embodiment of this state – as its central metaphor.

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The Town On Notice

The Town On Notice

(United States, 2018) 4:35
Director: Sonia D. Pina, Umi Vaughan
Choreographer: Latanya d. Tigner, Colette Eloi

An experimental film based on the original stage production by Dimensions Dance Theater. Visions of Oakland, dynamic choreography, and touches of abstraction combine to show our city’s profound, unique flavor.

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Swing Time

Swing Time

(United States, 2018) 9:58
Director: Brian Hollins
Choreographer: Nicole Zuckerman, Steve Sayer, Chandrae Roettig

Seeing a 1930s swing dance troupe on TV inspires a young couple to call their friends, step back in time, and dance their way across Art Deco San Francisco.

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Wildfires into the Heartwood

Wildfires into the Heartwood

(United States, 2018) 5:00
Director: Nancy Lyons, Lindsay Gauthier
Choreographer: Nancy Lyons

Wildfires into the Heartwood commemorates the impact of the 2017 North Bay fires on the Root 101, Sculpture Garden by Bruce Johnson.

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Our Last Aria

Our Last Aria

(United States, 2018) 7:15
Director: Scotty Hardwig
Choreographer: Scotty Hardwig, Keanu Forrest Brady
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Filmed on location in the Eureka dunes of Death Valley, California, this work follows the journey of two figures traversing a kinetic and emotional landscape in the heart of a desert wilderness.

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Go

Go

(United States, 2018) 5:23
Director: Morgan Frasier and Robert Dekkers
Choreographer: Robert Dekkers

Go contrasts the physical hustle, drive, and rush of city living with the capacity for each mind and body to move and be moved. Go celebrates San Francisco and the means of movement that transport it.

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Spiritus

Spiritus

(United States, 2018) 6:55
Director: Walter Yamazaki
Choreographer: Multiple

Succumbing to day-to-day worldly life stalls human potential. Those who dare to challenge it will spark a new beginning in discovering who they truly are. This film is about the story of life, and our quest for inner freedom.

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Haunt

Haunt

(United States, 2017) 7:36
Director: Deborah Slater
Choreographer: Deborah Slater

A rumor, an old house and two sets of lovers. One pair from the past, the other current, and how the history of one inhabits the house and affects the lives of the second.

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Magic Cowboy

Magic Cowboy

(United States, 2018) 2:36
Director: Tytus Bergstrom
Choreographer: Tytus Bergstrom

A short film experiment to see what can be done with the bare essentials of an iPhone and a Hat. Magic Cowboy was born out of those limitations.

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Make Me Wanna Holler

Make Me Wanna Holler

(United States, 2018) 4:00
Director: Erica Eng
Choreographer: Dawn James, Antoine Hunter

Poetic depiction of the daily struggles and frustrations that challenge a homeless man who lives on the streets of San Francisco. Starring the deaf dancer and performer Antoine Hunter.

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Computer Love

Computer Love

(United States, 2018) 4:31
Director: Carina Y Ho
Choreographer: ONIKHO

Short film that celebrates the sexiness of diversity by synchronizing dance and bodies of different abilities to the beat of ONIKHO’s dark electro-pop tune Computer Love.

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