SFDFF On The Road

PROGRAM 1: Audience Favorites 2018 (AF18)

A curated selection of popular screen dance shorts from SFDFF’s 2018 festival. This collection of international, imaginative, and sumptuous shorts, is perfect for a varied audience—from those new to dance to the sophisticated enthusiast.
The Wayward Wind

The Wayward Wind

(United States, 2017) 3:38
Director: Steve Delahoyde, Monica Thomas
Choreographer: Monica Thomas

The Wayward Wind uses movement and humor to turn the “rambling man” trope on its head.

Antarctica: The First Dance

Antarctica: The First Dance

(United Kingdom, 2018) 4.55
Director: Corey Baker
Choreographer: Corey Baker
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Performed by Madeleine Graham, star of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, on the stunning and demanding ice planes of Antarctica, the film celebrates this awe-inspiring continent and draws attention to the current crisis it is facing from climate change.

Gatha

Gatha

(China, 2018) 15:49
Director: Chenglong Tang
Choreographer: Chenglong Tang
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Gatha tells the story of two Tibetan brothers’ prostrating pilgrimage to Mount Kangrinboqe, or Mount Kailash, where the elder brother unfortunately died on the road.

Reach

Reach

(United Kingdom, 2018) 3:42
Director: Billy Boyd Cape
Choreographer: Botis Seva

Director Billy Boyd Cape collaborates with Botis Seva’s hip-hop theatre collective Far From The Norm to explore the themes of love, abandonment and fatherhood.

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.

Able

Able

(United States, 2018) 5:09
Director: Jacob Jonas
Choreographer: ILL-Abilities Dance Crew

American choreographer Jacob Jonas collaborates with ILL-Abilities—a dance group representing the differently-abled community, basing the performance on the group’s mantra: “No excuses, no limits.”

Ground Fine

Ground Fine

(United States, 2017) 4:32
Director: Sharon Leahy
Choreographer: Sharon Leahy

Ground Fine is a screendance with original music that takes a light-hearted look at our obsession with food cravings and behaviors detrimental to our health.

Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art

Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art

(United Kingdom, 2016) 4:00
Director: Andrew Margetson
Choreographer: Lil Buck

Chicago-born dancer Lil Buck takes London-based director Andrew Margetson on a light-footed tour through the halls of the Frank Gehry-designed ‘Fondation Louis Vuitton.’

Night Dancing

Night Dancing

(United Kingdom, 2016) 6:24
Director: Barney Cokeliss
Choreographer: Louise Tanoto, Jacob Ingram Dodd, Jason Thorpe
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Every night, a lonely man sees a beautiful young woman dancing outside his window. He is transfixed by her and wonders if she’s real. Then things become complicated….

Ekman’s Concise Guide to Natural Movement

Ekman’s Concise Guide to Natural Movement

(United States, 2018) 8:00
Director: T.M. Rives
Choreographer: Alexander Ekman
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Dance Film SF commissioned Alexander Ekman and his favorite filmmaker, T.M. Rives, to create a short dance film for SFDFF’s Co-Laboratory program—neither very concise nor totally natural, it’s pure Ekman.