Short Film: LIMINALITY, 8min,. USA, Dance

 

B0d5e2413a posterLiminality is inspired by reimagining what Odette may have experienced upon plunging to her death in the lake from the classical ballet “Swan Lake”. It is a moment of suspended reality and a story of disenchantment, self-discovery and transformation. In our modern world we know that “happily ever after” is a journey and we have the ability to exercise our own agency to create our experience. In our story, the heroine is exploring the space in between life and death. She is coming to terms with the end of her world as she knew it and finding the strength and courage to move into a new existence.

We see this story as a metaphor for what many ballet dancers experience upon the imminent journey of their retirement from professional careers. On stage there is always a happy ending. For example, Seigfried in “Swan Lake” immediately realizes his mistake in being seduced by another woman, seeks forgiveness from Odette, and follows her off the cliff to his death so they can be reunited in the afterlife. But what is the reality for the dancers who play these characters? When the fairytale is over, what happens next?

The dancer and choreographer of Liminality, Annali Rose, is searching to answer that question for herself. She is using her heart as a guide to follow what brings her joy. As someone who is new to choreography, she wanted to begin this journey in the only place she had felt inspired to play with choreography in her past—underwater. The water is symbolic of the feeling of drowning and the death of her identity as a professional dancer. But it also envelops her, providing safety, support, and the spark of joy that is the magical seed of regeneration.

The cinematography was captured by artist and digital choreographer, Jennifer Akalina Petuch, at the Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee County Florida during January 2020. Having a sharp eye for 2-D composition in Dance and a steady hand, Petuch used her skills of swimming, experience as a professional dancer, and a simple GoPro to film and then create the underwater work.

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Short Film: WAKE, 8min., UK, Dance

 

473bef9f68 posterWAKE is a short dance film which explores and responds to modern attitudes around loss and grief, taking inspiration from different rituals and funeral traditions from around the world. Filmed on the stark and shifting terrain of Dartmoor, WAKE steers us through one’s woman’s journey of grief.

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Short Film: SOCIALLY DISTANT, 8min., USA, Music VIdeo

42831cb227 posterSocially Distant is a visual album following artist Jeremi “Dende” Lewings through his time during the COVID-19 pandemic with struggles from past loved one & moving on. Dende is premiering unreleased music throughout this short film produced by Dende himself during Stay Home order.

  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 21, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    58 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Apple ProRes 422
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

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: GORILLA IN THE WASHING MACHINE, 8min., Estonia Animation/Experimental

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Late at night, there are animals minding their own business beside a lake. Some of them meet at the end, and then they drink tea and making sticky rice happily together ever since.
NB: This is a film built entirely on sex metaphors, view with caution.

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Short Film: OUROBOROS, 8min., USA, Dance

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One masked dancer threatens the cycle of pursued acceptance met by authoritative rejection when part of her facade falls away and she can truly see.

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Short Film: LEADING ME STRAIGHT, 8min., USA, Music Video

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In a dystopian and colorless universe nobody dreams, and nobody wins. Emotions are useless, as are abundant thoughts. A hive with marked paths to serve an unnamed queen.

He saw her. He touched her. She was the only one to break him from years of mechanic and automatic routine, if only for a flash. Where will that lead him? Straight to a new understanding, or straight back to hell?

Short Film: MINE, 8min., USA, Dance

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A dance and music collaboration between sisters exploring a coal mining site from the 1920’s where an iconic structure called the Gronk still stands. Body based dance research and song writing were translated based on the mining history of this place. The sisters collected stories and myths on Peanut and Pershing Mine from elders in Crested Butte, CO. Sasha developed gestures and movement themes from the mining stories and Sophia created lyrics and music. The Gronk overlooks spectacular views of Paradise Divide in the West Elk mountain range. The sights are beautiful and popular for outdoor recreation; however sadly still toxic. The land has only partially recuperated from destruction. Mosses are the first step in ecological restoration of toxic mine sites. Very few mosses are growing here. After land violence, how is spirit of place honored?

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Short Film: TOM, 8min., USA, Experimental/Horror

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Experimental horror film studying a ‘Peeping Tom’ as he gathers footage and reviews his findings amidst a storm of psychedelic visuals.

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  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Expermential
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color