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Dance Film Showcase 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM
about the showcase
The Dance Film Showcase, in it’s third year, and strives to present visually engaging, viscerally invigorating and sensory stimulating work.
This year’s program features an incredibly diverse group of local and international dance films including 4 premiers, the winner of 60 seconds dance competition and films from Dances Made to Order. The program will be 1 hour long, followed by an after party for audience and filmmakers to mingle.
filmmakers in attendance: Robert Amjarv, Henrik Jakobsson, Shaun Seong-young Kim, Lionel Popkin, Holly Rothschild, Melinda Sulivan, Jeremy Jackson, Steve Zee, and Kingsley Irons of Dances Made to Order.
from Johannes Dullin 60 seconds dance (UK)
Idiophone places the performing body as a vibrating tool in the public space of Berlin, acting in and reacting to its surrounding. With subtle humor, a simple and clear movement and a big diversity of locations, the work is an obsessive and hypnotic lecture.
from Mitchell Rose
A dancer is confronted by an onslaught of attackers, illustrating that our days are battles, from which we find respite in simple human contact.
Choreographers: Jamey Hampton & Ashley Roland, featuring BodyVox dance company
Steve Zee for President
from Steve Zee & Gregory R.R. Crosby
World-class tap dancer and comedian Steve Zee runs for president of the United States.
Parts 1, 2 & 3
Dance Elephant Dance
from Lionel Popkin & Cari Ann Shim Sham* (UCLA)
Featuring a man in an elephant costume, “Dance Elephant Dance” uses images of multiple elephants in outer space to portray a pachyderm’s awkward desire to get his groove on.
from Holly Rothschild & Robert Amjarv (String Theory, LA)
Harlot’s Web is a short film homage to film noir and the plight of post war women!’ It was created to poke fun at classic early Horror tropes, and how they apply to today’s cinema.
from Nadia Oussenko (Dances Made to Order, Chicago)
Three modern day sprites congregate by the sea. In attempt to freeze the picture-perfect horizon, they paint a backdrop for their colorful dance number.
Point of Reference
from Jia Wu & Cari Ann Shim Sham* (SF/LA)
Chicken boy is a modern day metaphor for the journey of the lonely self to find peace with one’s identity. The film references many famous dance film moments from a span of over 60 years and includes a live accordion player, a masked “Anonymous” man and 4 dancing chickens.
Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
from Dir. Shaun Kim (Korea, USC)
Chicks just hatching out from the eggs get a spotlight from the sun which they see and feel for the first time in their lives. They celebrate this warm and happy moment together with dancing together.
from Michael Langan & Terah Maher
A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike pas de trente-deux.
Theme for 2012
For 2012, the theme is based on the notion of “time” or “tid”. Screendance makers are invited to choreograph, shoot and edit what “time” or “tid” means to them, what is time, where is it found, what pace, rhythm, timing is, whether it be found in movement, the emotional, the physical, the body…
Parking: Limited parking available underneath library. Park alongside boulevard and up School Road. Additional parking behind old center. NO festival parking in Pinetree Circle during business hours please.
NOTE: All pass and ticket holders will be admitted 30 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets will be available at the door, and there may be tickets available to a waiting list. Seats will be released to the waiting list line 10 minutes prior to showtime.
When & Where
Topanga Film Festival
Topanga Film Institute exists to inspire, inform and interconnect a community of filmmakers and content creators, to foster global connections, to facilitate dialogue and to explore new frontiers of technology. Storytelling to advance humanity.
A stone’s throw from Hollywood yet worlds removed, Topanga Canyon is historically, geographically and philosophically perfectly situated to gather today’s most forward-thinking individuals in mainstream and alternative media, to share human and intellec tual resources through frequent salons, panels, seminars, screenings, mentorship programs, networking opportunities.
The TFI holds the annual Topanga Film Festival every July. A multi-day event providing a platform allowing filmmakers and storytellers to share work that advances TFI’s mission, celebrates artistic expression, facilitates dialogue, explores innovation and inspires action.