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Virtual Campus Partners Screening
From April 26th until May 5th, the films will be available to watch right here on this webpage.
See when the screening is in your time zone here.
SSF's Screening Partner Program is back in action! In collaboration with our long-time friends at the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State University, and also our new friends at the Department of Theatre & Dance at Metropolitan State University, we are pleased to announce that, despite the spread of Covid-19, the show will go on... online, that is! Together, we've selected a program of films that attempts to address diversity in representation in screen dance, when it comes to dance styles, bodies, filmic and choreographic approaches, and more.

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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.

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
DOUBLE UP "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.
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Cygnus, 2018, United States, 6 min

Directed by Cara Hagan, Robert Uehlin
Choreography and dancing by Cara Hagan
Music by Mike Wall
Filmmaker: Robert Uehlin
A short screendance filmed on location on Battle Lake, MN. Cygnus invites us to revel in the beauty of the sunrise over calm waters as the moon slips behind the horizon. A celebration of the earth, the body, and their kinship.
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La Sabina, 2019, USA/Mexico, 5 min

Directors by Ana Baer + Rocio Luna
Producer by Baer Productions
Music by Joaquin Lopez Chas
La Sabina is an exploration of contemporary surrealism. Loosely based on the tales of Maria Sabina, a female shaman from the depths of Mexico who exposes the connections between the human and the spiritual worlds. Inspired by Claude Cahun’s constant discourse of multiplicity as well as Remedios Varo’s androgynous quality of oneiric vulnerability, this screendance stands in the intersection of fantasy and reality.

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.

PASSING BODIES, 2018, Brazil, 5 min

Directed by Osmar Zampieri
Produced by Corpo Rastreado
Choreography by Jorge Garcia, Osmar Zampieri, Willy Helm
Featuring GRUPO GRUA
Dancing by Alexandre Magno, André Graça, Fernando Martins, Henrique Lima, Jerônimo Bittencourt, Jorge Garcia, Roberto Alencar, Osmar Zampieri
Filmmaker: Osmar Zampieri
Drone Operation by Ricardo Yamamoto
Secondary Cameras by Mariana Sucupira, Aluã Pereira, Felipe Barrocas
A sensitive, anachronistic dialogue that builds up in the tension of bodies interacting with different spatialities. From the São Francisco River to the urban spaces of the city of São Paulo, men experience ties of affection in the search for a space-time marked by persistent conflict. Photo by: Leandro Moraes

Pooling, 2018, United States, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Dawn Westlake
Choreography and dancing by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig
Music by Joan Armand Forero
DP/Editing/VFX by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig
Animation by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga
When one takes an ill-advised leap of faith into the void, the body breaks. It takes a pooling of the deepest resources of the spirit to reconstruct the man.
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Anasa, 2018, Greece, 4 min

Directed by Maja Zimmerlin, Thomas Delord
Produced by Odos Productions
Choreography by Maja Zimmerlin
Featuring Odos Productions
Dancing by Antonio Terrones, Aurore Allo, Kritonas Anastasopoulos, Lito Anastasopoulou, Zoé Leduc
Music composed by Maja Zimmerlin & Thomas Delord
Music performed by Maja Zimmerlin
Filmmaker: Thomas Delord
The right to breath and to feel the fall. Earthquake. Inside or outside. A connection through matter and its dissolution. The earth, the stone, the sand, the sea. Bodies. Connected. Dry flowers pushing out from the sand. Dissolving. Filled bodies, unstoppable. Earth bodies, floating inside or outside. The right to exist, to simply be.