FilmFest by Rogue Dancer: DIS-function Edition (April 2020)

FilmFest by Rogue Dancer On-Line Screening NOW through May 3rd

In Memory of Harrie Verbeek

APRIL 2020: DIS-function Showcase HERE

*** DISCLAIMER needed here. There is MA (mature) subject matter in Canis Major & I’m Your Man. Be aware if you are watching with children. ***

Here is your PLAYBILL:

Interlude film by Harrie Verbeek (c) 2015 NETHERLANDS

Those who walk in front, walk alone. Our heroine Mary experiences a lonely fight to accomplish her mission. She fights for her own identity and dances for acceptance. This woman in power, dances bold and brittle, from power to vulnerability. She passes those who embrace her and those who push her away. Mary is looking for the power to be weak.
Harrie Verbeek – Director
Monne Tuinhout – Producer
Jelena Kostić – Writer & Choreographer

Every Day a Little Death film by Richard Daniels (c) 2014 USA

This is one of 7 short films contained in the App Dancing Sondheim by Richard Daniels, Volume 4 from Dances for an iPhone. In this movie, Deborah Jowitt dances to and speaks the words from Stephen Sondheim’s Every Day a Little Death..
Richard Daniels – Director & Producer
Deborah Jowitt – Dancer

Inicjacja (Initiation) film by Iwona Pasińska (c) 2017 POLAND

‘Initiation’ is the musical and cinematic experiment directed by Iwona Pasińska, with the hipnotizing music composed by Jacek Sienkiewicz and Andrzej Grabowski’s ascetic scenography, in which each prop has its own significance. The sofisticated visual form, supersaturated with the subtle play of the artificial light and the evening darkness, entwines with the widely understood physical expression of dance artists from the Polish Dance Theatre. Each of the black and white frames creating this short – feature film is the separate, pictorial composition which could exist as an independent picture or artistic photography. They pan out into the dreamlike story, in which the viewer’s perception is strongly influenced – apart from the movement of the dancers – by the motion of the movie camera, cyclically returning to the same places. Looking into the human habitats, toxic relationships and untamed fears we can see that demons, with whom the characters struggle often exemplify social problems described on the front pages of newspapers. One of the figures comes to know human traums, experiencing subsequent life scenes in space of imagination. How does his ‘initiation’ – his cover attempt to enter into reality – end?
Iwona Pasińska – Director & Writer
Polish Dance Theatre – Producer
Key Cast – Urszula Bernat – Jałocha, Fabian Fejdasz, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Paweł Malicki, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Dominik Więcek, Emily Wong,
Kacper Bożek, Marta da Pinto, Iga Włodarczyk,
Marek Grabowski – Shooting
Edyta Pietrowska – Film editing
Jacek Sienkiewicz – Music and sound recording
Andrzej Grabowski – Scenography
Costumes – Zofia Grzybowska, Urszula Szkudlarek & Kuluza Studio
Lighting – Artur Schubert & Shapoval Yevhenii
Stern Pictures s.c. light & grip – Lighting
Mirosław Mamczur – Colour grading
Małgorzata Andrzejewska – Filmset assistant
Technical Support – Przemysław Gapczyński, Grzegorz Okupniak, Grzegorz Potocki & Andrzej Przybyszewski
Ewelina Chatłas – Project Coordinator
Subsidized by the Institute of Music and Dance in the frame of the programme ‘Music and dance – Interventions 2017+”

The Minute you Panic film by Hanna-Mari Ojala (c) 2020 FINLAND

Hanna Ojala – Director

Uprooted (c) 2019 film by Rosely Conz USA

Immigration, taffy, wax. Removal, alien, roots, belonging. Dance. These apparently unrelated words are the departure point for Uprooted, a dance for camera project that uses contemporary and Mid-Michigan site-specific dance, metaphor, and movement to address issues of immigration, migration, and displacement to a soundtrack of local immigrant stories that narrate their relationships to the concept of uprooted.
Rosely Conz – Director, Editor & Dancer
Stephany Slaughter – Director, Producer
Key Cast – Rosely Conz, Atulya Dora-Laskey, Jordan Gasby, TréVon Mason, Gabriel Vargas, Allison Muenzer & Maggie Schneider
Zachary Kribbet – Director of Photography & Camera Operator
Tavyon Richardson – Camera Operator, Editor & Sound
Cecily Lahey – Camera Operator
Zachary Kribbet – Sound & Editor
Benjamin Grohs – Lighting Design (Studio)

SALZMANN film by Stephanie Crousillat (c) 2019 USA

“SALZMANN focuses on journey, boundlessness, reconnecting, and is also inspired by Plato’s Symposium, one of the most compelling philosophical examinations of love. In which, it is revealed that humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. The film features four original pieces of music.
Stephanie Crousillat – Director & Editor
Jeffrey Docimo – Producer, Choreographer & Dancer
Alessia Ruffolo – Dancer
George Lam – Music
Zach Herchen – Music

LOTUS (2019) film by Valentina Gaia Lops IRELAND

2018 has been the worst year of her life. Loss, grief and the awakening of old ghosts have taken the best of her and now she is trying to navigate through life in search of some peace. Lotus is the name of her therapy room and also one of the most powerful flowers in nature. The lotus flower grows through dirty pond waters, mud and extremely rough conditions, but it blossoms anyway. It sinks below the water only to resurface again the next morning, beautiful and strong. LOTUS is an abstract representation of a passage through a winding road where the body keeps the score, things cease to make sense, memories return and time is lost.
In my work I quote Dr. Christine Blasey Ford whose bravery encouraged me to face the scariest demons at this time of my life.
Valentina Gaia Lops – Director, Writer, Producer & Dancer
Cian Brennan – (DOP)Producer

Canis Major film by Charli Brissey (c) 2019 USA

Gender-bending cyborg sci-fi meets experimental choreography as an artist works through severe writer’s block with the imaginative help of their dog. Based on many true stories, this video-animation hybrid ruminates care and concern at the “end of the world.”
Charli Brissey – Director

I’m Your Man film by Andrew Harper (c) 2018 USA

Harnessing the explicit dynamics of stock seduction, one man alone in a room dances dangerously between restraint and madness; inviting the camera in closer only to unravel the illusion of control. This dance short film features choreography and performance by Andrew Harper and an original cover of Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man” arranged and performed by Sydney Torin Shepherd.Music rights granted for festival use only by Sony/ATV.
Andrew Harper – Director, Producer & Dancer
Katherine Henly – Assistant Director
David J. Palmer – Editor
Bart Cortright – Cinematographer
Sydney Torin Sheperd – Musical arrangement and performance
Leonard Cohen – Music
Alex Weston – Sound recording and mixing
Kevin Chiu – Colorist

A Story of the Hour film by Cara Scrementi USA

Inspired by the short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, this film looks into the mind of a woman who is grappling with both grief and a newfound freedom that presents itself in the midst of this hardship.
Cara Scrementi – Director
Katya Schloemann – Dancer
Lizzy Erickson – Music
Voice – Elena Melli, Boroka Nagy,Ginny Ngo &
Maria Quiroz

My Womb film by Martina Trepczyk (c) 2019 POLAND

This short film is a portrait of a dancer and poetic criticism questioning the power over female bodies. It’s everywhere: patriarchal systems, schools, the government, religious institutions, society’s minds.
The short draws parallels from the dancers upbringing in one of Poland’s strictest dancing schools and to today’s patriarchic system, in which an institution has more say over a female’s body than herself. Poland compared to other European countries still the strictest abortion laws, a torn past, battle wounds and the stale old systems, that we try to break. MY WOMB is a love letter for everyone who stands up for themselves.
Martina Trepczyk – Director
Anna Lis – Dancer

Almighty Men film by Denislav Kanev (c) 2020 GERMANY

Drawing influence from the first forms of fascism under Benito Mussolini in northern Italy and also by Pier Paolo Pasolini’s feature film Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom, the Brazilian dancer Gustavo Gomes embarks on an artistic examination of past as well as current social issues.
Who is privileged in our society?
How do we encounter minorities?
What’s the fear behind homophobia?
How do we deal with oppression and threat?
Why can religion be used as a justification for violence?
How does power, admiration and followers arise?
What remains of a culture after decades of colonial rule?
Denislav Kanev – Director
Gustavo Gomes – Concept and Performance & Dancer
Zachary Chant – Producer

And tomorrow I ll go back to Lisbon… film by Marion Nyffenegger (c) 2014 SWITZERLAND

Dementia. You start to forget easiest things. You can`t recognize your families faces anymore. You lose yourself and no one can help you.
But what is really going on in such a persons mind?”
Nyffenegger Marion – Director, Writer, Producer & Dancer

On EGO film by Jessica Ray (c) 2020 USA

This film is a meditation on the inward dialogue we have with our ego, and our fight to remain in control.
Jessica Ray – Director, Producer & Editor
Cayla Simpson – Dancer
Jesse Danger – Dancer
Steve Zavitz – Cinematography

…what it feels like film by Kelly Hargraves (c) 2017 CANADA

Invoking generations of embodied experiences, ‘…what it feels like gives texture to the trappings of female gender” its material expressions, as well as its silences and solitudes. Without words, the film builds layers of sensory data and visual histories to explore the tensions and legacies we hold within. (CP, 2016, Dance, 4 min., CAN/USA)
Kelly Hargraves – Director & Producer
Julie Ferguson – Key Cast
Kayla Jeanson – Cinematographer

TRIUNE film by Michael Robayo & Ashley Lindsey (c) 2019 USA

TRIUNE is the story of three women and the common thread connecting each. Through their intensely personal movement, their individual stories unfold into one. The commonality of their story ultimately becomes our story.
Michael Robayo – Director
Ashley Lindsey – Director & Choreographer
Dancers – Margaret Jones, Emilee Harney & Teigha Beth Bailey
Michael Robayo – Producer, Editor, Cinematography & Colorist
Stanley Rojas – Cinematography & 1st Ad
Site B Studios – Production Company

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May 2020 – Black & White
(TBA with a LIVE Screening @ SHADOWBOX Studios, SUN., JUNE, 7th @ 7pm)

June 2020 – JOYful

July 2020 – Travel

August 2020 – h2o
(with a LIVE Screening @ SHADOWBOX Studios, SUN., SEPT., 6th @ 7pm)

September 2020 – Landscape

October 2020 – Fantasy

SUN., NOV., 8th, 2020 @ 7pm LIVE Screening @ SHADOWBOX Studios, “Rogue Dancer Choice Screening”

December 2020 – OUT the Office

January 2021 – A-lone
February 2021 – About FACE
March 2021 – URBAN View
April 2021 – Ball-ET
May 2021 – AMONGst the People
June 2021 – BALL-room
July 2021 – A Lil’ Dirty
August 2021 – Dance NOIR

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