Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Covid-19/Quarantine Challenge Category Selections
This is a curated selection of 14 films hailing from Indonesia, the US, Ireland, Mexico, Israel, the Netherlands, and Belgium, and it will be available for streaming from September 25th through October 2nd.  

For this call, the idea was to get artists working on new projects while self-quarantining or social distancing, and we asked them to submit fresh work, edited recently, even if the footage used was older. So not all of the films in this selection have a theme/subject/form/content related to quarantine or Covid-19, and the variety is part of the charm of this 20 minute screening screening.

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Frame from Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee, 2020, Indonesia, 2 min

Directed by Deny Tri Ardianto
Produced by Fajar Ritus
Choreography and dancing by Dwi Windarti
Featuring Windarti Dance
Music composed by Bagus Teweoe
Cinematography by Fajar Ritus
Covid-19 depresses everyone. Space becomes limited, houses run out of food, boredom and tension cannot be escaped. But everyone seeks to stay sane, in their own way. Note: This film was made with caution in accordance to the applied health protocol during pandemic such as physical distancing, use of mask, and limited number of crew.
Frame from Out of Frame

Out of Frame, 2020, United States, 2 min

Directed by Madison Plummer
Choreography and dancing by Madison Plummer
Featuring MadPlum Movement
Music composed by Liminal - Brambles Remix
Cinematography by Madison Plummer
What does it feel like to be caught between holding on and letting go? Out of Frame is a window into uncertainty. The film is paired with a photo series titled Goldilocks, which explores child-like wonder in an abandoned factory and grapples with the same desire to move forward without completely letting go of your past. Out of Frame was a one-woman project. All the shots were locked down and framed up so that I could climb the wall trusting that I would capture my intended image. But there's a little bit of experimentation in every project, a little bit of uncertainty, and until I was in the editing suite, I didn't know exactly what I had. In truth, it took until the end of the piece for me to truly feel grounded.

ISOLATIONS, 2020, United States, 2 min

Directed by Talia Shea Levin
Choreography by Maritza Navarro / MUDA
Dancing by Jasmine Agredano, Juliet Deem, Kat Devoe-Peterson, Lynn Hong, Arie Levine, Micah Moch, Katie Peabody, Soren Royer-McHugh, David Clifford Turner
Music composed by Amanda Leigh Jerry, Alex Nee
Cinematography by Adam Leene
A 16mm dance project created in response to shelter in place orders in Los Angeles, CA, March 2020. An outlet for chaos and the enduring need to connect. Safer apart, alone together.
Frame from SNAG

SNAG, 2019, Ireland, 1 min

Directed by Steve Woods
Produced by Cel' Divisio
Choreography by Steve Woods
Dancing by Jack Lynch
Cinematography by J. P. Quill
Pushing Irish dance a bit further.
Frame from The Way We Are in Space

The Way We Are in Space, 2020, Mexico, 2 min

Directed by Ana Baer
Produced by Baer Productions
Choreography and dancing by Michelle Nance, Kaysie Seitz Brown, Nicole Wesley
Music by Richard D. Hall
Cinematography by Ana Baer
Fashion in the times of COVID-19.
Frame from Pasion de Manos

Pasion de Manos, 2020, United States, 1 min

Produced and Directed by Desi Jevon
Choreography by Desi Jevon
Dancing by Noelia Martin Barrera, Desi Jevon
No glove... no love.
Frame from DAY 27

DAY 27, 2020, United States, 2 min

Directed by Charli Brissey
Choreography and dancing by Charli Brissey
Featuring Charli Brissey
Music composed by Swamp Dogg
Cinematography by Charli Brissey
A dancer grapples with quarantine through this super short video-animation hybrid.
Frame from Can you count to 100?

Can you count to 100?, 2020, Israel, 2 min

Produced and Directed by Daphna Mero
Choreography and dancing by Daphna Mero
Music composed by Avi Sharabany
Cinematography by Daphna Mero
Suddenly with no warning we were prisoners in our homes restricted to walk no further than 100 meters from our front doors. The count of ill and dead began, and it increases every day. We are globally under siege of the corona epidemic. I am dancing on the roof. Up there under the sky, where open landscape view meets the hard cement, birds fly freely. I try to fly with them, restricted by the banister that prevents me from falling. I am counting from 1 to 100. My voice dictates the flow and rhythm. My movements are limited to 100, it ends there.
Frame from shift change

shift change, 2020, United States, 2 min

Directed by Adam Sekuler
Choreography and dancing by Tahni Holt, Shannon Stewart, Suniti Dernovsek
Cinematography by Adam Sekuler
Shot off of a Zoom dance class during the coronavirus, "shift change" is a comment on the movements of the moment.
Frame from reset

reset, 2020, Netherlands, 2 min

Directed by Nicola Hepp
Choreography and dancing by Kaide Gonzalez
Music composed by Freerk Lenselink
Cinematography by Lisa de Faria
A film created during the Covid-19 pandemic, connecting to the emotions that we are dealing with at this time. Confinement and distress and finding ways of leaving that behind. Starting afresh with renewed hope. Directed remotely and shot on location, following the current guidelines in The Netherlands.
Frame from (v.) - to situate in a particular place

(v.) - to situate in a particular place, 2019, United States, 1 min

Directed by Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş, Justin S.E. Park
Produced by Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş
Choreography by Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes
Dancing by Morgan Amirah Burns & Taína Irma Lyons
Music composed by Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes
Cinematography by Justin S.E. Park
Locate (v)* - 1. to pinpoint thoughts to geographical origins; to unearth memory inside the intricate map of the creative intelligence; to discover the moments where these inner spaces co-join, collide, coincide; to uncover the spaciousness of a place inside the mini-ness of its coordinates; to find the microscopic cinema theater inside the worlds no one can see. - 2. to situate a notebook with sand and torn blades of grass beside the words not yet written; to place a word-ticket in the whirling, flipping, collapsing. fingertips of improvisation; to position a moving part in front of a nostalgic camera; to site a sentimental topography that infinitely haunts its navigators; to found a garden…traveling through the preciousness of the young, the deepness of the curious, and the overgrown paths of the questions they ask.
Frame from Once Removed (Two)

Once Removed (Two), 2020, United States, 2 min

Directed by Jeanine McCain
Choreography by Jeanine McCain
Dancing by La'Shante Cox, Rosie Davis Aubrey
Music by Cory Neale
Cinematography by Jeanine McCain
Filmed in 2017 for a live performance integration, with a new edit in 2020 for the 2-minute quarantine challenge, Once Removed (Two) shares a brief glimpse of two dancers in solitude, investigating how the body expresses itself in two different landscapes. In these environments, which parts of ourselves do we reveal to the world, and which parts do we keep hidden?
Frame from Particulates

Particulates, 2020, United States, 1 min

Directed by Clare Schweitzer
Choreography by Clare Schweitzer
Music by Daniel Berkman
Cinematography by Clare Schweitzer
A work in progress. What goes in the air, stays in the air. (aka a grand excuse for me to jump on my bed and finally learn After Effects during a global pandemic.)
Frame from Spectre

Spectre, 2020, United States and Belgium, 2 min

Directed by Sebastien de Buyl
Choreography and dancing by Sebastien De Buyl
Featuring Terlingua
Music composed by Sacha Calousis / Gaël de Ville
Music performed by Gaël de Ville
Cinematography by Sebastien De Buyl
A mysterious light speaks to a spirit.