Director Biography – Lauren Wolkstein (TAKAKO VS NINE LIVES)

Lauren Wolkstein is a NYC-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. In 2017, her debut feature THE STRANGE ONES, starring James Freedson-Jackson and Alex Pettyfer, premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim. She co-directed the film with Christopher Radcliff, based on their Sundance short of the same name. Lauren’s previous shorts, including SOCIAL BUTTERFLY (Sundance ’13) and CIGARETTE CANDY (SXSW ’10 Grand Jury Prize), have played festivals around the world. She most recently directed an episode of QUEEN SUGAR for the show’s third season. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine listed her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Wolkstein is a 2017-2018 Women at Sundance Fellow through the Sundance Institute, and she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow for Summer 2018. Lauren received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

Short Film: TAKAKO VS NINE LIVES, 9min., USA, Dance

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Takako Vs. Nine Lives is screen dance that uses a hybrid dance language and multiple camera perspectives to create parodic feminist interpretation of a three act balletic pas de deux/ three round wrestling match. The choreography, performed to an original score, draws upon vocabulary and aesthetic imagery from professional wrestling, classical ballet, comic books and Japanese manga. The action follows a mythological narrative, with characters behaving according to codes employed in Greek mythology, fairy tales and commedia dell’ arte. A battle unfolds, reflecting the interconnectedness of love and violence, beauty and monstrosity, strength and vulnerability.

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Short Film: MONK, 15min., Shanghai, Dance

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A son is brought to a monastery by his parents and left there. He struggles to become a monk and on his journey inward finds protection and solace in three female immortals. This dance for camera is depicted through five sections: root, heart, will, mind and body.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    尚.和 :孝 忠 德 贤 礼
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Narrative Fiction, Dance for Camera
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,800 USD
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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental & Music & Dance Festival – October 24, 2019


Theme of night: Trapped and searching for something else.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterEldur Á Himni – Fire in the Sky, 7min., Iceland, Experimental

festival posterSUCKR FOR LOVE, 4min., Germany, Music Video

festival posterECLOSION, 5min., Canada, Experimental

festival posterTHE FIRE WITHIN, 5min., USA, Music Video

festival posterPLASTICPOEMS, 2min., Canada, Experimental/Animation

festival posterLEADING ME STRAIGHT, 8min., USA, Music Video

festival poster14, 3min., Japan, Dance/Music

festival posterTHE SHE-WOLF, 10min., France, Dance

festival posterBRUTE, 4min., Australia, Dance

festival posterINCLINATIONS, 5min., Canada, Dance

festival posterKADDUME, 3min., Columbia, Dance

festival posterANIMAL, 7min., France, Dance

The 20th event in Toronto in 2019.
13 more festival events in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Kaddume Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Experimental/Music/Dance Festival Oct. 2019

KADDUME, 3min., Columbia, Dance

Directed by Álvaro José Peña, Sergio López Guevara, Rodrigo García, Roberto Ávila

“Kaddume” is an expedition that recognizes San Basilio de Palenque’s past and future relationships. It’s a look to and from the body, the land they live in and the voice of their female ancestors. The same ones that opened new paths in search of freedom. This dance is a new approach through rhythm and movement, to that strength and wisdom. It is an homage of these girls, not professional dancers, to that empowered walk of freedom that still lives in their bodies.

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Inclinations Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Experimental/Music/Dance Festival Oct. 2019

INCLINATIONS, 5min., Canada, Dance

Directed by Danielle Peers

Choreographed, directed and shot from disability perspectives, this dance-on-video short contrasts the playful connections when disability aesthetics, community and a ramp meet the institutional histories and discordant inclinations that can lurk just below the surface.

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Brute Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Experimental/Music/Dance Festival Oct. 2019

BRUTE, 4min., Australia, Dance

Directed by Cass Mortimer Eipper

‘Brute’ is about duality – how we try to restrain the untameable beast within us, and how this in turn contorts and mystifies our consciousness.

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