Short Film: GOLDEN, 8min., USA, Dance

 

4a50377fbb posterGOLDEN, a wordless dance film, uncovers the independence, intellectual curiosity, and sexual vibrancy hidden within the domestic life of a woman, as portrayed by a solo dancer.
In dream-like sequences, she encounters the self she has been
and the self that she can become. From her musings emerges a passionate self-declaration, elucidated by repeated choreographic motifs, flashbacks and flashforwards, and the evolution of color and set decor. By extension, GOLDEN affirms a woman’s right to define herself- rather than be defined by others – as a thinking, feeling, and sexual being. At the same time, it also rejects the notion that aging women have an “expiration date” in terms of inherent value. In all, GOLDEN is a unique alchemy- from drudgery to sparkling beauty.

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Short Film: BAD FEELING, 4min., French Polynesia, Dance

 

09143a82b5 posterA couple of young Polynesian dancers share a dance in Paris, maybe for the last time …

 

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, Dance
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    French Polynesia
  • Country of Filming:
    French Polynesia
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color

Director Biography – Sonja Wyss, Jorijn Vriesendorp (WHILE SHE WAITS)

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Sonja Wyss is a long-established artist, who works and lives in Amsterdam. She was born (1967) in the Bahamas and studied Fine Arts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and in the United States of America before completing her studies at the Master of Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam.

Her video installations and experimental films are shown internationally at renowned galleries, museums and film festivals. Her video film Grüezi wohl Frau Stirnimaa (Hello Miss Stirnimaa) was selected in for Quinzaine des Realisateurs in Cannes. Winterstilte (Winter Silence), Wyss’s experimental long feature film debut, won a golden calf, was selected for the prestigious Forum at the Berlin Film festival and has been screened worldwide at numerous international festivals. Greifensee was nominated for Best Short Film in the Golden Calf Competition at Netherlands Film Festival. Her work has been distinguished internationally by several grants and prizes.

In the diversity between installations and cinema, Wyss uses clear lines to connect her entire body of work. In her work she draws from memories, fantasies and associations. Her fascination lies in two main themes: fragile beauty and the loss of innocence. In the stories she tells there is often an underlying tension lurking just beneath the obvious narrative. She never explains situations, but depicts them beautifully all the more.

Short Film: WHILE SHE WAITS, 10min. Netherlands, Dance

D640c9c2af posterIn a subtle choreography a woman slowly disengages from a familiar and structured world, about to enter a world yet unknown to her. While She Waits shows the emotional transformation during the last months of her pregnancy in a poetic and melancholic way. What happens during the long waiting till the unknown reveals itself? And how do we align a child being born with ourselves being reborn as a mother?

Director Biography – Leonora Pitts (LIKE HOLY WINE)

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Leonora Pitts is an actress, filmmaker, dancer, and community organizer, born and raised in Grand Forks, ND. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her BFA in Acting, studying with the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Upon her graduation, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Atlantic and NYU, and a year later, Atlantic hired Leonora onto their faculty.

As an actress and dancer, Leonora spent several years on the New York stage, including a lengthy run in the long-running off-Broadway hit, The Donkey Show. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has appeared on numerous television shows including “The Grinder,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Rita Rocks” and recurs in the new Apple+ show, “For All Mankind.”

She continues to collaborate with the prolific Duplass Brothers, co-starring in their films The Freebie and Manson Family Vacation, and guest-starring on two of their HBO series, “Togetherness” and “Room 104.”

Leonora’s three short films have collectively screened at over forty festivals worldwide, including the Aspen Shortsfest, Outfest, Mill Valley, Citizen Jane, Heartland, Bentonville, and Indie Memphis. Her most recent short, “The Matchmaker” won Best of the Fest at the prestigious Dam Short Film Festival.

She is the co-founder and leader of the 1500-women strong Los Angeles Women’s Film Collective and the 3700-women strong Atwater Village Moms’ Group, and is proud to serve as one of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s City Commissioners.

Director Statement

This film grew out of a conversation I had with my friend and mentor, Jay Duplass, who told me to make something where I “fall apart, but dance in it.” I thought about the times I’ve fallen apart, and how it didn’t look like what we see on film – we see the big dramatic breakup or the aftermath when people pick their lives up (or don’t), but we never see the actual moments after the words have been spoken, when we feel frozen, like we don’t know physically what to do with our body.

Dance has always been how I move through every big and small moment of my life, and when I wrote this, I knew I needed to surround myself with creatives who spoke our shared dance language. My producer, my choreographer, and my DP are all my dance teachers at Ryan Heffington’s The Sweat Spot, and it was a healing and joyous collaboration from day one. Melissa Schade’s choreography tells the full story of a relationship and the patterns we find ourselves unable to break, even when the love feels strong and ancient. We were gifted a perfect song by Zach Shields and an essential and soulful performance from Matthew Del Negro. Although we recognize the difficulty in programming a piece like this, we put our whole hearts on screen, each of us bringing our own stories of heartache and healing, and we are grateful to you for taking the time to watch it.

Short Film: KATIE GATELY: WALTZ, 5min., USA, Dance

1f7cf65410 posterWaltz is one part music video, and one part dance film, described as a “Neo-gothic mini film” by Fact Magazine, and a powerful portrait of composer, Katie Gately, also starring acclaimed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, directed by Samantha Shay. ‘Waltz’ emerges off Gately’s forthcoming album Loom, in dedication to Katie’s mother who passed away from an aggressive form of cancer. The song ‘Waltz’ itself came about after spending an entire day listening to Gately’s mother’s favourite artist, Leonard Cohen’s track “Take this Waltz” on repeat. This short film is a feverish duet, rotating around death, shot in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn NY, where Gately grew up. This film is for anyone who has wanted to spin into a circle until the ceiling became the floor.

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Director Biography – Marta Renzi (IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME)

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Marta Renzi has created more than 2 dozen short films which have been screened in more than 100 festivals both nationally and internationally, and is a seven-time recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  As a choreographer, Renzi took every opportunity to present work with her Project Co. outdoors for free in venues such as Central Park Summerstage and Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out. In 1992 Renzi received a New York Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”) and in 1995 was the first recipient of a Dancing in the Streets award as “a fearless explorer of unconventional sites.” Her site-specific choreography led to a half-hour videodance commission from the WGBH New Television Workshop in 1981, followed by another in 1989 from KCTA’s Alive From Off Center, entitled MOUNTAINVIEW, made in collaboration with maverick filmmaker John Sayles.  Renzi was awarded a 2013 Bogliasco Fellowship at the Liguria Center for Arts & Humanities, and was funded by a RAW Community Supported Arts grant in 2014. Her first feature film premiered at Port Townsend Film Festival in fall 2017. http://www.hermagnumopus.com
For more information: http://martarenzi.blogspot.com

Director Statement

We are already dancing.

Short Film: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME, 7min., USA, Dance

5797fa45a2 posterA man and a woman inhabit the same surreal location though not, apparently, at the same time. Marta Renzi directs this black-and-white meditation on memory and absence, joined by long-time collaborators Charles Caster-Dudzick (camera), as well as Aislinn MacMaster & David Thomson (performers). With a nod to the sound score for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and a location inspired by Joelle Bouvier and Regis Obadia’s La Chambre.

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