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One Another, 2019, USA, 8 min

Directed by Kevin Frilet
Produced by Guillaume de Bary
Choreography by Julie Bour
Featuring CalArts School of Dance
Dancing by Maya Allen, Shiloh Beckett, Audrey Collette, Damontae Hack, Kehari Hutchinson, Catalina Jackson-Urueña, Nadia Muhammad, Emara Neymour-Jackson, Liessa Son, Jasmin Sugar, Im Vorapharuek, Kevin Zambrano and Robin Sanders
Music composed by Arthur Simonini
Music performed by Matteo Pastorino, Arnaud Biscay
Cinematography by Nicolas Petris
Edited by Maxime Pozzi Garcia
From the undergrounds of a city, a group of people emerge from the darkness, bodies mingling and intermingling to form one. Wandering the streets of this city where the sky seems clear but the air so dense, everyone wanders according to his own epic stories, with his fears and hopes, with his loves and bitterness, with his rage and his tedium. They are the story we tell.
Frame from Sound and Sole

Sound and Sole, 2018, United States, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Cara Hagan
Choreography and dancing by Arthur Grimes
Music performed by Tray Wellington, Old Crow Medicine Show
Filmmaker: Robert Uehlin
Arthur Grimes was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains, and is the only professionally working African-American buck dancer in Boone, North Carolina. In this short documentary, Arthur recounts his dance journey from eager youth to professional master, gives us a glimpse into his performance experience, and demonstrates his deep love for Appalachian music, dance and history.

Unspoken Spoken, 2018, United Kingdom, 18 min

Directed by Fin Walker, Ross McGibbon, Ben Park- Composer
Produced by Candoco Dance, The Space
Choreography by Fin Walker
Featuring Candoco
Dancing by Tomas Gulgec, Roberta Pitre, Jess Dowsewell, Dan Daw, Jemima Hoadley, Julie Cleves
Music composed by Ben Park
Music performed by Ben Park, Rebecca Jordan. Buffy Rowe, James Taylor, Geriel, Suzuki Destanika
Cinematography by Ross McGibbon
Edited by Josh Levinsky
Breaking down the rules that restrict us, those that lie within and those that lie without.

012345, 2018, United States, 7 min

Directed by Andrew Beers, Kevin Zambrano
Choreography by Kevin Zambrano
Featuring Kevin Zambrano Dance
Dancing by Bríd Ihst, Catalina Jackson-Urueña, Mao
Music by T.J. Keanu
Cinematography by Andrew Beers
Edited by Andrew Beers, Kevin Zambrano
Birth and Death. Mothers and Children. Fame and Fear. 012345 is a non-linear dance film exploring the limits of relationships, identity, and our universe.

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.

Akasha, 2017, Switzerland, 5 min

Directed by Sean Wirz
Produced by Hannah Rocchi, Sean Wirz
Choreography by Sean Wirz/Hannah Rocchi
Featuring none
Dancing by Jelena Pfister, Simon Progin, Annina Biesold, Nadir Josi
Music by edIT/The Glitch Mob (Los Angeles)
Cinematography by Sean Wirz/Jean-Christophe Dupasquier
Edited by Sean Wirz
"Akasha: the all-embracing fifth element. It moves effortlessly on the shores of the world. It overcomes gravity, explores the deepest of waters and fuels with its power the eternal flame of life. Akasha knows no space, no time, no fixed form. This high-tension dance short offers the viewer a surreal encounter with the sovereign of earth, air, water and fire. Akasha is embodied by four different performers who move to the futuristic song Ants by Los Angeles based musician edIT. His quintessential electronic music contrasts heavily with the metaphysical theme of the film. The result is a vibrant and ephemeral glimpse into the powers of the universe."
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AMA, 2018, France, 7 min

Directed by Julie Gautier
Produced by Spark Seeker, Les Films Engloutis
Choreography by Ophélie Longuet
Dancing by Julie Gautier
Music composed by Ezio Bosso
Cinematography by Jacques Ballard
Edited by Jérôme Lozano
The rain falls like so many tears on a young woman dressed in a little black dress. We dive into her eyes as we dive into her soul drowned by sorrow. At the bottom of the water, the woman, lying on the floor, gently up and begins to dance.
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Dear Good Son, 2017, Israel, 4 min

Directed by Or Meir Schraiebr, Omri Drumlevich
Produced by Achsheli Productions
Choreography by Or Schraiber & Mario Bermudez-Gil
Featuring Dancers from the Bat-Sheva Dance Company
Dancing by Or Schraiber, Mario Bermudez-Gil
Music composed by Danny Sanderson, Yonatan Daskal & Nimrod Bar.
Music performed by 'Kaveret', Yonatan Daskal and Nimrod Bar
Cinematography by Omri Drumlevich
Edited by Achsheli Productions
In a small house in an unknown forest sleeps a lonely lady, shut up in her room....

Wake, 2016, Canada, 6 min

Directed by Katherine Macnaughton
Produced by Emmanuel Hessler
Choreography by Ashley Werhun
Dancing by Ashley Werhun, Mark Caserta, Jeremy Coachman, Gemma Freitas, Kiera Hill
Music composed by De La Romance
Cinematography by Derek Branscombe
Edited by Katherine Macnaughton
Wake is a reflection on the isolation that technology can create. It is an invitation to reconnect and rebuild our relationships with the people and elements around us.

Less, 2016, USA, 10 min

Directed by Erika Randall Beahm and Daniel Beahm
Produced by Daniel Beahm and Erika Randall Beahm
Choreography by Erika Randall
Dancing by Dancer: Samantha Lysaght, harpist: Emily Levin
Music composed by Liszt Rossignol, The Blue Waltz , sound design Jonas Bendsen
Music performed by arranged and performed for harp by Emily Levin
Filmmaker: Daniel Beahm
2nd camera by Laffrey Whitbrod
Costume by Markas Henry
Wearing a dress made of memories, a solo dancer explores notions of nostalgia, sensation, and grief as she moves through virtuosic phrases and theatrical vignettes. Photographs are clipped into and released from the skirt, the costume physically and metaphorically replicating notions of emotional scrapbooking and loss. Inspired by Randall’s aunt’s struggle with Bulbar ALS, “Less” borrows gestures from a body that is deteriorating at a rapid pace while the mind still grasps at an active, vibrant, and sensual history.