Short Film: MOTEL-X, 5min., USA, Dance

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Motel X is a human trafficking awareness exhibit that featuring the talents of PONES Dance Company in a film. The Film is used in a bigger installation featured at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH.
Motel X: Sex Trafficking film was created to show the psychological and physical bondage between the victim and the trafficker.

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Director Biography – Didier MULLERAS (HOME 23.20)

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Didier MULLERAS is a french visual artist, renowned choreographer, musician, film maker. He has created more that 30 stage productions and numerous dance films. His work has toured worldwide in more that 50 countries and major venues, including Sadlers Wells Londres, Art Summit Jakarta, Centre Culturel de Belem Lisbonne, Danza Unam Mexico, Skirball Center Los Angeles, Itau Cultural São Paulo, French Festival Bangkok, KaaiTheater Brussels, Dance On Camera Festival New York, Cynet Dresden, Seoul Film Festival, Mobile Dance Film Festival New York, Festival Cuerpo Digital Bolivia, InShadow Lisbon, FrostBite Festival Colorado USA, Kosice Festival Slovakia, Opine Dance Film Festival Philadelphia USA, Feedback Festival Los Angeles, Muestra Video Arte Faenza Bogota Colombia…

Since 1998, with his « mini@tures » project, one of the first dance project for the Internet, he is considered as a pioneer in dance creation related to film – new technologies. His works are free access on http://www.didier-mulleras.com, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
He gives Danse + Video workshops, worldwide (project DFC dance for camera – sessions). His works are studied in various international universities worldwide. He is regularly invites for conferences and events related to danse – film – new technologies.

Director Biography – Antoine Panier (MAKING MEN 10′)

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After fifteen years as a contemporary dancer, Antoine Panier redirects his professional activity to new technologies and visual communication, including web development, graphics and video. He joined the team of Studio Signélazer where he worked on many projects for 13 years. After an intensive training at the Metropolitan Film School of London, he develops his own video production and webdesign company (Mijim). He then carries out projects in various fields (corporate videos, films and trailers for dance and theatre, motion design …) and participates in the development of the Theatrez-moi! platform for which he produces many video trailers.

Through his training and experience in dance, Antoine develops a new approach cinema/dance which results in an original work. This particular camera work is based on the relationship between the lens and the choreography or the movements. The artists, in front of(dancers) and behind the camera (cameraman), listen to each other; they move and breathe together; there is synchronisation. The image is often intrusive and intimate, leaving no room for modesty of emotions.

This cinematographic approach is made possible thanks to a work process realised previously in studio. While the choreography is created for the camera, the camera integrates the choreography. It is therefore a work of precision; camera movements are created and repeated with the dancers until perfect fluidity and until perfect breathing are achieved. The rhythms and movements are then amplified on screen and the emotions related to the dance are made all the more intense.

Short Film: MAKING MEN (10′), 10min., Belgium, Dance

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Making Men examines the question of masculinity. This dance film zooms in on 4 individuals in the process of becoming men. As is expected, they proceed unquestioningly into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society.

However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. They feel uncertainty but also something else, harder to define…

Shot in the breathtaking landscape of Zimbabwe, the film features strong and rhythmical choreography but also a special camera work that intensifies emotions inspired by the movement.

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Director Biography – Dorian Electra, Weston Allen (ADAM & STEVE)

Rising pop star Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) makes music that defies gender norms. Their work, always accompanied by larger-than-life, hyper-stylized music videos directed by Electra in collaboration with directing partner Weston Allen, has gained a queer cult following and led to Electra being named a must-know talent by Buzzfeed, Dazed, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Paper and more. In 2016, as a directing duo, Electra and Allen created a music video about the history of the clitoris for Refinery 29 that went viral and landed the pair a series deal with Refinery 29 to create original, educational pop music videos that covered the history of sexuality and gender, including the popular “2000 Years of Drag” music video. Now, having moved away from educational content, Dorian Electra and Weston Allen create music videos and visual content for the ever-expanding visual world of the Dorian Electra music project and other closely affiliated

Short Film: ADAM & STEVE, 3min, USA, Music

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Rising pop star Dorian Electra’s music video for Adam & Steve rewrites homophobic religious rhetoric into queer empowerment. Taking the anti-LGBTQ slogan “God made Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve” and subverting it, Dorian instead imaginatively re-writes biblical “history” through a subversive queer lens. Co-directed by Electra and creative partner Weston Allen, “Adam & Steve” explores martyrdom, conversion therapy, and sexual repression in this daring and fantastical video.

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Director Biography – CS Fischer (THE IDENTITY OF PAS DE DEUX)

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CS Fischer grew up in a small, rural, Illinois town, where everyone knew everyone and the most popular club in high school was the Future Farmers of America. Fischer knew early that such a town would not hold her imagination, and so she set off to explore the world, from Costa Rica to Wales, trying to figure out where she was going and what to do when she got there.

Fischer has worked in production and development at OddLot Entertainment, HeyDay Films, the Kennedy/Marshall Company, and USA Network. She’s also worked as an assistant on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Currently, she is the showrunner’s assistant on Marvel’s Helstrom

A semifinalist for NBCUniversal’s Emerging Writers fellowship and a finalist for the Sundance/Sloan fellowship for three years, Fischer has placed in screenplay competitions with the PAGE Awards, Final Draft’s Big Break, Scriptapalooza, ScreenCraft, and the Austin Film Festival. She also wrote the film adaptation for the Image Comics graphic novel series “Revival.”

Director Biography – Sibel Guvenc (ONE STEP APART)

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Sibel Guvenc is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed Turkish-Canadian director, writer, and producer based in Toronto. Sibel has recently earned an MFA in Film from York University. She has an Honours BFA degree in Integrated Media and Film from OCAD University, and a High Honours B.Sc. in Statistics. Sibel is a TIFF Talent Lab, and WIDC Director Alumnae (Women in Director’s Chair). She was selected for the Telefilm Producers without Borders Berlinale Coproduction Market, CMPA Telefilm Producer Trainee Program, and WIDC CAM 2018, Career Advancement Module. Sibel received the 2018-2019 W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award in Fine Arts, which recognises outstanding ability and achievement in creative work, ​and the Miron Deca Memorial Award in 2019 for an ardent intellectual curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, and an interdisciplinary dedication.
Sibel’s recent short film, Turkish Mesir Macunu, was nominated for the Student Academy Awards, won an Award of Excellence in Liberation / Social Justice / Protest at Best Shorts Competition 2019, and won Gold Remi Award in Best Dark Comedy Short Film Category at the 52nd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. Her short film Hungarian Salami was nominated for Best Comedy at the 60th Annual Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards and was considered for Canada’s Top Ten Shorts by the TIFF Group. Her acclaimed film, In The Penal Colony, based on Franz Kafka’s short story, received the Best Cinematography and Best Art Film awards. Her films were screened worldwide at international film festivals and markets, including Clermont Ferrand, Boston, Palm Springs, Yorkton, Canadian Filmmakers, Reelworld, WorldFest Houston, and the Kolkata Film Festivals. Her films were broadcast on Bravo!Canada, CBC, City TV, Deutsche Welle, and Ragusani nel Mondo. Twice, Sibel received the William F. White Proficiency in Film Prize, the Best Jazz Film Award, Best World Music Award and Best Abstract Film Award with her other short films. In her fiction films, Sibel is interested in exploring existentialist psychology, issues of control, justice, and the future of science and technology. She portrays strong female characters who overcome social and psychological restrictions in their search for self. Sibel just completed her film, End Of The Rope, a 20 min. futuristic drama.

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ONE STEP APART is a short film about different levels of communication. Through movement, I’m analyzing how two stagings of the same emotional conflict can inform, interact and complicate each other. The dialogue is kept opaque and the complexity of the scene is expressed through movement. Their emotions are revealed through dance where I focused on two emotions: anger and sadness. These emotions are shared interchangeably in between them while they’re trying to get out of this infinite loop. As the film progresses, two worlds merge with a blend of dance and dialogue. One Step Apart captures a moment from the lives of a couple that shapes their future.