Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Black History Month Screening 2020

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Frame from Searching for Wonder

Searching for Wonder, 2018, United States, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Greg Osei
Choreography and dancing by Abdiel Jacobsen
Featuring Abdiel Jacobsen Dance Collective
Music by Greg Osei
Edited by Leonardo Schober
Cinematography by Leonardo Schober
Searching for Wonder was inspired by conversations with fellow artists who have diverse relationships to the African Diaspora. These discussions highlighted how we all feel lost in different ways, because history, slavery, colonialism & fear have left many of us feeling disconnected, searching for something we can’t fully articulate. Searching for Wonder deals with the tremendous power we have to rediscover & reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods, their cultures & our interconnectedness.

Double Up, 2017, United States, 15 min

Directed by Francesca N. Penzani
Produced by Francesca N. Penzani, Emily Drossner
Choreography by Francesca N. Penzani
Dancing by Kyreeana Alexander
Music by Nedra Wheeler
Cinematography by Vincent Wrenn, Aaron Marquette
Edited by Francesca N. Penzani
"My heart’s beating inside myself, inside yourself, the heart of the earth. I am here are you? Can you see me? Can you hear me?" Based on a dream to bring two women together to create a collaboration that celebrated the joy of being alive, “Double Up” is a powerful conversation, through music and dance: Nedra Wheeler on bass and voice, and tap dancer Kyreeana Breelin.

DYNAMITE, 2018, United States, 7 min

Directed by Leila Jarman
Choreography and dancing by Maceo Paisley
Music by Michael Sempert
Cinematography by Ariel Pomerantz
Edited by Leila Jarman
A short, poetic performance art/dance film that investigates gender and masculinity --more specifically the American black male experience-- through embodied inquiry to find spaces where identity exists between and in opposition to social constructs. This film guides us through narrative incorporating movement, spoken word, and chant, as it uncovers truths about race, gender, and success in an ever-changing social landscape.
Frame from JONAH

JONAH, 2016, United States, 5 min

Directed by Andrew Michael Ellis
Produced by Andrew Michael Ellis, Ernest Felton Baker
Choreography and dancing by Ernest Felton Baker
Music by Christopher Marianetti
Cinematography by Andrew Michael Ellis
Edited by Ben Stamper
Interviewee by Charlie Smith
Interviewer by Elmer Sparks
JONAH is a meditative documentary using dance to explore and personify a curious interview with a former African American slave. Interpreting a historical interview through a modern exploratory dance, the documentary asks questions about the inheritance of trauma, and our capacity to regenerate.
Frame from How it Feels

How it Feels, 2019, United States, 30 min

Directed by Amy O'Neal, Kyle Seago
Produced by Amy O'Neal
Choreography by Amy O'Neal and the dancers
Dancing by Alfredo "Free" Vergara, Fever One, Mozes Lateef Saleem, Michael O'Neal Jr, Brysen "Just Be" Angeles, Robert Eyerman, Jenay Anolin
Music by Waylon Dungan aka WD4D
Filmmaker: Kyle Seago
Opposing Forces Concept, Direction, and Co-Choreography by Amy O'Neal
Dramaturgy by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
This film follows the tour, evolution, and closing of of Amy O'Neal's eighth acclaimed evening length show, Opposing Forces, which explores fears of feminine qualities in our culture through the masculine dance form of Breaking with five world renowned Bboys from Seattle, WA.