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SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, 6min., USA, Dance

Directed by Charissa Kroeger, Eric Schloesser

An escape from reality, we follow two strangers through a sizzling, quirky outburst of dance in a retro-futuristic, parallel world. Smokestack Lightning chronicles the adventure of these two heroes as they navigate their shared dreamscape, devoid of time and relieved of convention. Their meeting initiates a momentary connection, a reprise from the world around them; movement as their language.

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HISTORIANS, 4min., Canada, Dance

Directed by Akil McKenzie

A young black male shares a spoken word poem about his life growing up with racism, fear, hatred and hope. Surrounded by art, in both print and live form, with dancers embodying his words, and expressing their own experience through hiphop, jazz, locking, crump and contemporary.

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SPIRAL, 3min., USA, Dance

Directed by Adam Dillon

A film exploring what it’s like to have a panic attack.

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WAITING ROOM, 5min., France, Dance

Directed by Didier MULLERAS

This film is a dance exploration of Dylan Thomas poem “Love in the Asylum”, performed by 15 dancers, gathered in an enclosed space. Waiting rooms are places far from regular time and space notions, where everyone can get lost in inner thoughts. A place that opens up to inner madness, a dedicated space to explore fake solitudes. A place of silence, stillness, of imposed physical distance.

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THIS FAR APART, 6min., USA, Dance

Directed by T.M.Rives & A.M.Lucaciu

A dancer finds that her escape from the news cycle is closer than she thinks.

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CHAMELEON, 7min,. France, Dance

Directed by Janell Burgess , Shawn Vitale

“Chameleon” is a transformative blend of two spirits becoming one. Representing the continuous re-inventing of relationship, it evokes and awakens both feelings of submissiveness & sensuality. Originally created as an ensemble dance for stage work, today, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Jazz Spectrum Dance Company, Janell Burgess has re-invented “Chameleon” into a beautiful pas de deux for film. Ms. Burgess worked closely with composer Cisco Dimas to create new & original music specifically for this dance for film. “Chameleon” premiered in October of 2020 at PUSHfest Global Online presented by Raissa Simpson, Artistic Director of Push Dance Company, San Francisco, CA.

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CAUGHT, 1min., USA, Danc

Directed by Kim Karpanty

CAUGHT by surprise? Rescued from falling? Either we coexist through resistance and division, or we pledge to support, connect and lift each other up.

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BLOOM ON TIPTOE, 9min., South Korea, Dance
Directed by JaeKwang Han

With a feminist narrative, it embraces women who struggle with their inner or social circumstances hoping to encourage them to get through it.

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ZABLEYALO, 6min., USA, Dance

Directed by Jennifer Rose

Zableyalo is the first of a series of collaborations from the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices and choreographer/director Jennifer Rose. This film was created with Cinematographer/Editor Robbie Shaw and Performer Maija Knapp. A dance work where traditional folk music is made visceral. The soul made visible. A physical expression to make sense of tradition and use it as map to know where we came from and a guide for those who follow after us.

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DESCENT: A MOVEMENT FILM, 2min., USA, Dance

Directed by Proma Khosla & Anjali Mehta

“Descent” follows the story of K, a former asylum client of creator Anjali Mehta’s who was separated from her daughter upon arriving in the United States. Like so many other adults seeking asylum, the loss of her child at the hands of immigration authorities led K into a downward spiral — one that eventually manifested as schizophrenia. Unable to receive the care she needed, K fell deeper and deeper into despair. Unfortunately, the K that ended up before an asylum judge was not the fighter her lawyers knew her to be, and she was deported without her daughter. In Descent, Anjali attempts to capture K’s journey upon arriving in the U.S., using her ghungroo (bells) — so inextricably tied to one’s identity as a dancer — to symbolize K’s child.

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A PART, 10min., Sweden, Dance

Directed by Erika O’Neill , Simon Hjortek

Follow four young dancers in a fever dream where they interpret the words: social distance, quarantine, virus and infection throughout movement and choreography
In what ways have the covid 19 situation affected our children? how does a virus work and what does it look like?

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