Dance Film Fest

CROSSING THE INTERSECTION OF DANCE AND FILM, THE DANCE FILM FEST PORTION LOOKS TO RECOGNIZE THE DEVELOPMENTS AND EXPLORATION OF MOVEMENT ON SCREEN. IN THIS BUDDING SEGMENT OF BOTH DANCE AND FILM BY NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL WORK.

Saturday August 19th :: 3 pm

Free admission

Lecture Hall at Detroit Institute of Arts

Artist

B*Tru Arts/Yelena Laningham
Texas

A waiting dog/Michael O'Connor

Vienna

SueMo Dance Company/Christa Smutek
Wisconsin

Ela Olarte and Dancers
Illinois

Jana G. Younes
Lebanon

                     Amanda Edwards                      Pennsylvania

Danielle Russo
New York

                            Tangaj Dance                                Romania

Marly Spieser-Schneider
Michigan

Cinema Dance Productions/John Williams
California

Nadine Helstroffer & John Bush
New York

Wilder Project/Holly Wilder
Illinois

Dance artist and filmmaker Yelena Laningham makes her home in Austin, Texas. Her dance film Solace Is screened at the Austin Short Film Festival in fall 2016, New York City Independent Film Festival May of 2017, and now at DDCF Dance Film Fest. Currently, she is in production on a short fantasy film, The Ivory Seed. As a respected teacher of both classical ballet and modern dance, she teaches at the Ballet Austin Academy. www.yelenalaningham.com

Dance artist and filmmaker Yelena Laningham makes her home in Austin, Texas. Her dance film Solace Is screened at the Austin Short Film Festival in fall 2016, New York City Independent Film Festival May of 2017, and now at DDCF Dance Film Fest. Currently, she is in production on a short fantasy film, The Ivory Seed. As a respected teacher of both classical ballet and modern dance, she teaches at the Ballet Austin Academy. www.yelenalaningham.com

Amanda is from Mount Vernon, NY. She began her dance training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has since attended Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts, and graduated from The University of the Arts with honors in May 2015. Amanda participated in the Nomad Express Choreography Lab for three weeks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is a recent dancer with Dancespora Contemporary Ballet and has worked with choreographers such as Iquail Shaheed, Jen McGinn, Olivier Tarpaga, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Kim Bears-Bailey and Annielille Gavino-Kollman.  Amanda is currently a dancer with Putty Dance Project, Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround, and Jo-Me' Dance.

Amanda is from Mount Vernon, NY. She began her dance training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has since attended Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts, and graduated from The University of the Arts with honors in May 2015. Amanda participated in the Nomad Express Choreography Lab for three weeks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is a recent dancer with Dancespora Contemporary Ballet and has worked with choreographers such as Iquail Shaheed, Jen McGinn, Olivier Tarpaga, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Kim Bears-Bailey and Annielille Gavino-Kollman. 

Amanda is currently a dancer with Putty Dance Project, Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround, and Jo-Me' Dance.

ELA OLARTE originally from Davao, Philippines received her BFA in Choreography from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Additional training credits include Visceral Dance Center’s Professional Scholarship Program as well as River North Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and The Dance Colective summer intensives. Ela has performed in Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances 2016 and 2017 as well as Visceral Dance’s Within 2015. Her choreography recently premiered at College of Dupage, DanceChance, Emergence, and Harmony Festival. Ela's interest in dance for camera has led to the release of two films, SHIFT and BENIGN, co-produced with EchoWhiteFox Productions. Ela is thrilled to present her work at Detroit Dance City Festival!  

ELA OLARTE originally from Davao, Philippines received her BFA in Choreography from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Additional training credits include Visceral Dance Center’s Professional Scholarship Program as well as River North Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and The Dance Colective summer intensives. Ela has performed in Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances 2016 and 2017 as well as Visceral Dance’s Within 2015. Her choreography recently premiered at College of Dupage, DanceChance, Emergence, and Harmony Festival. Ela's interest in dance for camera has led to the release of two films, SHIFT and BENIGN, co-produced with EchoWhiteFox Productions. Ela is thrilled to present her work at Detroit Dance City Festival!
 

Danielle Russo has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Governors Island, Jacob's Pillow, The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, Sweden. Working residencies have included Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Belgium), WUK (Austria), PA-F Performing Arts Forum (France), LEIMAY (USA), MANA Contemporary (USA), SILO (USA), Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada). In 2016, she was a featured artist in the Creators Project. Also in 2016, her commission for the Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House caught the attention of Solange Knowles/Saint Records and prompted a remount of her work with its affiliate arts organization, Saint Heron. Outside of her own creative work with Danielle Russo Performance Project (www.drpp.nyc), she is faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and performs with The Metropolitan Opera. Russo holds a BFA in Dance and Anthropology from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF.  

Danielle Russo has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Governors Island, Jacob's Pillow, The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, Sweden. Working residencies have included Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Belgium), WUK (Austria), PA-F Performing Arts Forum (France), LEIMAY (USA), MANA Contemporary (USA), SILO (USA), Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada). In 2016, she was a featured artist in the Creators Project. Also in 2016, her commission for the Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House caught the attention of Solange Knowles/Saint Records and prompted a remount of her work with its affiliate arts organization, Saint Heron. Outside of her own creative work with Danielle Russo Performance Project (www.drpp.nyc), she is faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and performs with The Metropolitan Opera. Russo holds a BFA in Dance and Anthropology from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF.
 

John T. Williams is an award-winning social political screen dance filmmaker. His films have been presented in over 90 film festivals throughout South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the United States. His most recent film, "Jilava" has received over 12 awards and nominations, including the award for "Best Experimental/Avant-garde Film" at the DOTS Christian Film Festival in Kenya and “Best of Festival” at the Texas Christian Film Festival. His films have presented world-renowned dancers and choreographers from the San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo king LINES Ballet, and Jabbawockeez.  

John T. Williams is an award-winning social political screen dance filmmaker. His films have been presented in over 90 film festivals throughout South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the United States. His most recent film, "Jilava" has received over 12 awards and nominations, including the award for "Best Experimental/Avant-garde Film" at the DOTS Christian Film Festival in Kenya and “Best of Festival” at the Texas Christian Film Festival. His films have presented world-renowned dancers and choreographers from the San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo king LINES Ballet, and Jabbawockeez.
 

Holly Wilder is a choreographer, dance film director, and performer based in New York City, and artistic director of the award winning dance film and stage company, Wilder Project. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory and was a recipient of the Alumni Award for Academic Achievement and the Jan Veen and Julie Ince Thompson Scholarships. Holly has choreographed for JUNTOS Collective, the CURRENT SESSIONS, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Hub New Music, INSITU Site Specific Festival, the Boston Conservatory mainstage, and for multiple music videos. Her dance films have been screened to critical acclaim at film festivals all over the USA and Canada, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her film “undertow” won the audience favorite award at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival in 2016. She is also on the jury of the LA Dance Film Festival. www.wilderprojectdance.com  

Holly Wilder is a choreographer, dance film director, and performer based in New York City, and artistic director of the award winning dance film and stage company, Wilder Project. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory and was a recipient of the Alumni Award for Academic Achievement and the Jan Veen and Julie Ince Thompson Scholarships. Holly has choreographed for JUNTOS Collective, the CURRENT SESSIONS, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Hub New Music, INSITU Site Specific Festival, the Boston Conservatory mainstage, and for multiple music videos. Her dance films have been screened to critical acclaim at film festivals all over the USA and Canada, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her film “undertow” won the audience favorite award at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival in 2016. She is also on the jury of the LA Dance Film Festival. www.wilderprojectdance.com
 

Christa studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her B.S. in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology graduation with distinction and University Honors. Christa has danced with companies including ArtLab J Dance, Next Level Dance Company, SueMo Dance Company, and Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee. In addition to dancing, Christa has been teaching and choreographing for 8 years. Her contemporary choreography has been showcased at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival 2014, 2015, Detroit Dance City Festival 2015, Detroit Dance Film Festival 2015, 2016, Motor City Choreographer Collective 2015, 2016, Brighton Dance Festival 2015, Dance Canvas 2016, RADfest Midwest 2016, Milwaukee Fringe Festival 2016, and Columbus Arts Festival 2017. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI as well as the pre-professional Co-Director at Studio One Dance Company.  

Christa studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her B.S. in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology graduation with distinction and University Honors. Christa has danced with companies including ArtLab J Dance, Next Level Dance Company, SueMo Dance Company, and Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee. In addition to dancing, Christa has been teaching and choreographing for 8 years. Her contemporary choreography has been showcased at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival 2014, 2015, Detroit Dance City Festival 2015, Detroit Dance Film Festival 2015, 2016, Motor City Choreographer Collective 2015, 2016, Brighton Dance Festival 2015, Dance Canvas 2016, RADfest Midwest 2016, Milwaukee Fringe Festival 2016, and Columbus Arts Festival 2017. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI as well as the pre-professional Co-Director at Studio One Dance Company.
 

Michael O'Connor (USA/AT) is a choreographer, dancer and teacher living in Vienna. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and a Masters from Das Choreography in Amsterdam. Michael was a company member with Cie. Willi Dorner from 2003-2010 setting the piece Bodies in Urban Spaces worldwide. In 2008 BalletTanz, he was the ‘dancer to watch’ in Vienna for his choreographic solo debut. Since 2009 Michael is the Vienna branch facilitator for Fieldwork. He has taught at universities and dance houses in USA, Copenhagen, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. His piece TERTIARY was nominated for the Prix d’Jardin at ImpulsTanz. He has worked with David Zambrano, Deborah Hay, and was an OMI dance resident in 2016. This summer he presented his work on the intersection between neuroscience and dance at Spring Dance, and at the Mind and Brain School in Berlin. www.awaitingdog.com  

Michael O'Connor (USA/AT) is a choreographer, dancer and teacher living in Vienna. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and a Masters from Das Choreography in Amsterdam. Michael was a company member with Cie. Willi Dorner from 2003-2010 setting the piece Bodies in Urban Spaces worldwide. In 2008 BalletTanz, he was the ‘dancer to watch’ in Vienna for his choreographic solo debut. Since 2009 Michael is the Vienna branch facilitator for Fieldwork. He has taught at universities and dance houses in USA, Copenhagen, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. His piece TERTIARY was nominated for the Prix d’Jardin at ImpulsTanz. He has worked with David Zambrano, Deborah Hay, and was an OMI dance resident in 2016. This summer he presented his work on the intersection between neuroscience and dance at Spring Dance, and at the Mind and Brain School in Berlin. www.awaitingdog.com
 

New York-based Nadine Helstroffer (choreographer) and John Bush (filmmaker) created 9 dance films together including AJAR and ZEPHYR. Their dance films have been selected at festivals in 21 countries, including FI:AF Crossing The Line Festival, NY, Videoformes, France, Spoleto Festival Dei Mondi, Italy and Japan Media Dance. BHAIRAVI SKY premiered at ADF’s Movies by Movers at the 2016 American Dance Festival and won in 2017 the award First Place, Professional Category at the Utah Dance Film Festival and a Gold Kahuna award at Honolulu Film Awards. Their 35 minutes dance film DREAM ON ME, premiered at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, won the Award for Best Dance Video at the Patras International Festival, Greece. Since 1998 Nadine has been leading the "BodyResonance Workshop" at New York Insight Meditation Society, Zen Center of NYC, New School University, and Bowling Green State University, Ohio. For more information, please see: http://www.directpictures.com/dance/dance/HOME.html  

New York-based Nadine Helstroffer (choreographer) and John Bush (filmmaker) created 9 dance films together including AJAR and ZEPHYR. Their dance films have been selected at festivals in 21 countries, including FI:AF Crossing The Line Festival, NY, Videoformes, France, Spoleto Festival Dei Mondi, Italy and Japan Media Dance. BHAIRAVI SKY premiered at ADF’s Movies by Movers at the 2016 American Dance Festival and won in 2017 the award First Place, Professional Category at the Utah Dance Film Festival and a Gold Kahuna award at Honolulu Film Awards. Their 35 minutes dance film DREAM ON ME, premiered at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, won the Award for Best Dance Video at the Patras International Festival, Greece. Since 1998 Nadine has been leading the "BodyResonance Workshop" at New York Insight Meditation Society, Zen Center of NYC, New School University, and Bowling Green State University, Ohio. For more information, please see: http://www.directpictures.com/dance/dance/HOME.html
 

Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance. After graduating she traveled around Michigan teaching, performing, and producing work. Eventually, she made her way to Vermont where she joined Tiffany Rhynard's BigAPE (Big Action Performance Ensemble) and received a one-of-a-kind introduction to the Vermont community. Since then she has been a part of Hannah Dennison's production of Dear Pina and performed in works by Paul Besaw, Clare Byrne, Hanna Satterlee, Toby MacNutt and many others. In the fall of 2014 she began presenting her own work under the name Marly S. Danceworks. Since then she has held several residencies and had her work presented around Vermont, New York, and Michigan. Spieser-Schneider currently teaches, choreographs, collaborates, performs, and investigates in various locations, primarily the above three states. She is passionate about video dance and, while she is almost entirely self taught in that arena, it is a great challenge and joy to continue to find new ways to work with the medium and incorporate it into her creative endeavors. Her current projects include the development of her own evening length show as well as collaborations with Trina Mannino, Ona Schneider, Jamie Killen, Avi Waring and Paul Besaw. She is very pleased to be back home in Michigan!  

Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance. After graduating she traveled around Michigan teaching, performing, and producing work. Eventually, she made her way to Vermont where she joined Tiffany Rhynard's BigAPE (Big Action Performance Ensemble) and received a one-of-a-kind introduction to the Vermont community. Since then she has been a part of Hannah Dennison's production of Dear Pina and performed in works by Paul Besaw, Clare Byrne, Hanna Satterlee, Toby MacNutt and many others. In the fall of 2014 she began presenting her own work under the name Marly S. Danceworks. Since then she has held several residencies and had her work presented around Vermont, New York, and Michigan. Spieser-Schneider currently teaches, choreographs, collaborates, performs, and investigates in various locations, primarily the above three states. She is passionate about video dance and, while she is almost entirely self taught in that arena, it is a great challenge and joy to continue to find new ways to work with the medium and incorporate it into her creative endeavors. Her current projects include the development of her own evening length show as well as collaborations with Trina Mannino, Ona Schneider, Jamie Killen, Avi Waring and Paul Besaw. She is very pleased to be back home in Michigan!
 


DDCF 2016 Dance Film Fest

Kelly Buwalda & Fred Hatt Kelly Buwalda is a dancer, choreographer, and educator.  She currently performs in her own work and is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet. Oonossa is Buwalda's first experiment with dance film, and she looks forward to more collaborations in dance and media with Fred Hatt. Fred Hatt has done drawing and painting, photography and video, lighting and projection, writing and performance, since the 1990’s. He often collaborates with dancers and performers, making dance for camera, shadow play, painting as performance, and other combinations of visual media and live performance. His visual artwork is currently represented by Figureworks in Brooklyn, and has an extensive online presence.

Kelly Buwalda & Fred Hatt

Kelly Buwalda is a dancer, choreographer, and educator.  She currently performs in her own work and is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet. Oonossa is Buwalda's first experiment with dance film, and she looks forward to more collaborations in dance and media with Fred Hatt.

Fred Hatt has done drawing and painting, photography and video, lighting and projection, writing and performance, since the 1990’s. He often collaborates with dancers and performers, making dance for camera, shadow play, painting as performance, and other combinations of visual media and live performance. His visual artwork is currently represented by Figureworks in Brooklyn, and has an extensive online presence.

Nicola Hepp Educated in Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands, Nicola Balhuizen Hepp obtained her Master in Choreography and New Media at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2006. Her live performances have involved video and projections since 2003. Nicola's choreographies and screendance works have been shown in festivals and venues internationally and has won several awards and nominations.

Nicola Hepp

Educated in Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands, Nicola Balhuizen Hepp obtained her Master in Choreography and New Media at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2006. Her live performances have involved video and projections since 2003. Nicola's choreographies and screendance works have been shown in festivals and venues internationally and has won several awards and nominations.

Adi Halfin Adi Halfin is an award winning director and screenwriter.  Born in Jerusalem (1977) and raised partly in London, she is a graduate cum laude of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem.   Her three shorts have traveled the world in prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale and have won numerous prizes worldwide.  Adi has worked as a 1st assistant director in feature films, TV dramas and commercials, where she gained a vast experience in the art of film making, assisting and learning from the best Israeli directors, such as Amos Gitai, Samuel Maoz, Rama Burshtein and many more.   In addition to directing documentaries, music videos and commercials, Adi teaches production and directing in film schools, where she has built a unique program that emphasizes the relations between the history of art and cinema.  Her recent work "HOME ALONE" in which she collaborated with the Bat Sheva Dance Company was a viral hit and has won best short in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (2014) and in Korea's SESIFF festival (2014). This 2 minute short has gained a life of its own and is discovering the planet through film festivals till today.  The 15 second clip she directed for Mark Ronson's "Daffodils" (feat. Kevin Parker) won the Genero TV contest and was chosen as one of the top three videos by Mr. Ronson.   Adi currently divides her time between Tel-Aviv and Berlin, where she's working on her first two feature films, writing two shorts and directing music videos and commercials.

Adi Halfin

Adi Halfin is an award winning director and screenwriter.  Born in Jerusalem (1977) and raised partly in London, she is a graduate cum laude of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem.   Her three shorts have traveled the world in prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale and have won numerous prizes worldwide.  Adi has worked as a 1st assistant director in feature films, TV dramas and commercials, where she gained a vast experience in the art of film making, assisting and learning from the best Israeli directors, such as Amos Gitai, Samuel Maoz, Rama Burshtein and many more.   In addition to directing documentaries, music videos and commercials, Adi teaches production and directing in film schools, where she has built a unique program that emphasizes the relations between the history of art and cinema.  Her recent work "HOME ALONE" in which she collaborated with the Bat Sheva Dance Company was a viral hit and has won best short in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (2014) and in Korea's SESIFF festival (2014). This 2 minute short has gained a life of its own and is discovering the planet through film festivals till today.  The 15 second clip she directed for Mark Ronson's "Daffodils" (feat. Kevin Parker) won the Genero TV contest and was chosen as one of the top three videos by Mr. Ronson.   Adi currently divides her time between Tel-Aviv and Berlin, where she's working on her first two feature films, writing two shorts and directing music videos and commercials.

Holly Bynum Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Holly Bynum

Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Sharon Mansur Sharon loves dancing. And creating experiences where active viewing and imagination are welcome. Working and playing with others. And snacks. Experimenting. And finding ways to support and build the creative ecology within a community.  www.mansurdance.com

Sharon Mansur

Sharon loves dancing. And creating experiences where active viewing and imagination are welcome. Working and playing with others. And snacks. Experimenting. And finding ways to support and build the creative ecology within a community.  www.mansurdance.com

Alain El Sakhawi Alain El Sakhawi works as a dancer and videomaker for Compagnia Zappalà Danza. He is doing also his own work. "La Démiurge#1" has won at COORPI-LA Danza in 1 minuto ed2015 1/ First Prize 2/ Special Prize 3/ Best editing (from CINEDANS festival)

Alain El Sakhawi

Alain El Sakhawi works as a dancer and videomaker for Compagnia Zappalà Danza. He is doing also his own work. "La Démiurge#1" has won at COORPI-LA Danza in 1 minuto ed2015 1/ First Prize 2/ Special Prize 3/ Best editing (from CINEDANS festival)

Holly Wilder Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Holly Wilder

Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Andrew Margetson Andrew Margetson is an award-winning director of commercials. He has created memorable spots for many of the world's top brands: Canon, Sony, Nike, Coca Cola, Alfa Romeo, Vodafone, Renault, Nintendo, Pepsi, Skoda, BBC. In 2014 he made the short Help Point, his first film made for cinema. It has gone on to be screened in over 50 festivals and won 10 awards. In 2015 he made the short dance documentary Reborn:Lauren Cuthbertson in association with Nowness.com and The Royal Ballet.

Andrew Margetson

Andrew Margetson is an award-winning director of commercials. He has created memorable spots for many of the world's top brands: Canon, Sony, Nike, Coca Cola, Alfa Romeo, Vodafone, Renault, Nintendo, Pepsi, Skoda, BBC. In 2014 he made the short Help Point, his first film made for cinema. It has gone on to be screened in over 50 festivals and won 10 awards. In 2015 he made the short dance documentary Reborn:Lauren Cuthbertson in association with Nowness.com and The Royal Ballet.

Ellen Maaynard Ellen Maynard is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and filmmaker and a graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Ellen is co-creator of The Fleet Dance Video Production, a company that documents dance performance throughout New York and creates promos and reels for dance. Ellen is a dancer with Quentin Burley Dance Group, and she choreographs site-specific works for The West Harlem Arts Fund "Under the Viaduct" Series. Ellen spends her summers as a videographer at Bates Dance Festival.

Ellen Maaynard

Ellen Maynard is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and filmmaker and a graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Ellen is co-creator of The Fleet Dance Video Production, a company that documents dance performance throughout New York and creates promos and reels for dance. Ellen is a dancer with Quentin Burley Dance Group, and she choreographs site-specific works for The West Harlem Arts Fund "Under the Viaduct" Series. Ellen spends her summers as a videographer at Bates Dance Festival.

Lillian Stamey Blake Horn and Lillian Stamey have been working together for three years creating a stage for dance on film. Lillian, co-founder and director of 96b dance collective, is interested in experiences of the human condition and seeks to reveal the emotional body within her work. Blake, filmmaker and cinematographer, is a storyteller who distills reality in order to provoke a change of perspective. Together, they blend the magical elements of these two mediums. Both individually and as a team, Lillian and Blake are influenced by a wide variety of genres including: performance, visual, media art and literature. They are drawn to work motivated by emotional, intellectual, or societal concepts, that shed light on reality in abstract ways. Film and dance together are able to transcend space and time, communicate through movement, and direct the audience’s eye in ways that are limited in live performance. These two artists aim to take the viewer on a journey outside of ordinary reality.

Lillian Stamey

Blake Horn and Lillian Stamey have been working together for three years creating a stage for dance on film. Lillian, co-founder and director of 96b dance collective, is interested in experiences of the human condition and seeks to reveal the emotional body within her work. Blake, filmmaker and cinematographer, is a storyteller who distills reality in order to provoke a change of perspective. Together, they blend the magical elements of these two mediums. Both individually and as a team, Lillian and Blake are influenced by a wide variety of genres including: performance, visual, media art and literature. They are drawn to work motivated by emotional, intellectual, or societal concepts, that shed light on reality in abstract ways. Film and dance together are able to transcend space and time, communicate through movement, and direct the audience’s eye in ways that are limited in live performance. These two artists aim to take the viewer on a journey outside of ordinary reality.

Marianne Kim Marianne M. Kim is a Korean American artist working in screendance, video art, and multimedia installation. The most recent screening of Martiality, Not Fighting include Athens Video Dance Project, Dance Film Association/Film Society of Lincoln Center, International Screendance Festival at American Dance Festival, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Ciné-Corps Festival de Films Sur La Danse. Martiality, Not Fighting was awarded a Dioraphte Jury Award at Cinedans 2016 in Amsterdam, Best Performance Award at the Voarte – InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in 2014, and Best Short Film at Dance Camera West 2015 in Los Angeles. Kim is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance and Arizona State University.

Marianne Kim

Marianne M. Kim is a Korean American artist working in screendance, video art, and multimedia installation. The most recent screening of Martiality, Not Fighting include Athens Video Dance Project, Dance Film Association/Film Society of Lincoln Center, International Screendance Festival at American Dance Festival, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Ciné-Corps Festival de Films Sur La Danse. Martiality, Not Fighting was awarded a Dioraphte Jury Award at Cinedans 2016 in Amsterdam, Best Performance Award at the Voarte – InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in 2014, and Best Short Film at Dance Camera West 2015 in Los Angeles. Kim is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance and Arizona State University.

Galen Bremer, Emma Hoette and Zoe Rabinowitz Emma Hoette attended Parsons the New School for Design, combining dance and design to graduate with honors. She has performed for The Space We Make, Ben van Buren, Shandoah Goldman, and ThreeASFOUR; and designed costumes for Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn, Alexandra Beller and Ishmael Houston Jones. Emma has co-taught at Parsons’ Integrated Design Department and was Design faculty at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam Zoe Rabinowitz is a freelance dance artist based in Brooklyn, and Associate Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, based between New York and Palestine. She has taught and performed throughout the US, Arab World, and Asia. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, and supported by the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and CUNY Dance Initiative. Zoe was selected as a 2014 resident artist at Dance Omi and 2016 resident artist at the Marble House Project. Zoe is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Galen Bremer is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His music compositions have accompanied dance works by Nancy Allison, Sara Gurevich, Zoe Rabinowitz and Anne Zuerner at venues throughout New York City and nationally. He appears on FatCat Records with New York based art rock band, Forest Fire. His music has been described as "ominous" (The New York Times), "mesmerizing" (Off Off Off Dance) "addictive, hypnotic" (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Bremer is currently the Associate Director of Dance Films Association, and a producer of the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Galen has a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied contemporary music and technology.

Galen Bremer, Emma Hoette and Zoe Rabinowitz

Emma Hoette attended Parsons the New School for Design, combining dance and design to graduate with honors. She has performed for The Space We Make, Ben van Buren, Shandoah Goldman, and ThreeASFOUR; and designed costumes for Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn, Alexandra Beller and Ishmael Houston Jones. Emma has co-taught at Parsons’ Integrated Design Department and was Design faculty at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Zoe Rabinowitz is a freelance dance artist based in Brooklyn, and Associate Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, based between New York and Palestine. She has taught and performed throughout the US, Arab World, and Asia. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, and supported by the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and CUNY Dance Initiative. Zoe was selected as a 2014 resident artist at Dance Omi and 2016 resident artist at the Marble House Project. Zoe is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program.

Galen Bremer is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His music compositions have accompanied dance works by Nancy Allison, Sara Gurevich, Zoe Rabinowitz and Anne Zuerner at venues throughout New York City and nationally. He appears on FatCat Records with New York based art rock band, Forest Fire. His music has been described as "ominous" (The New York Times), "mesmerizing" (Off Off Off Dance) "addictive, hypnotic" (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Bremer is currently the Associate Director of Dance Films Association, and a producer of the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Galen has a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied contemporary music and technology.

Megan Payne Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Dance (2009), and received her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University (2012), in partnership with the American Dance Festival. Megan has had the privilege of presenting her work at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the OhioDance Festival, among other notable performances. Megan is currently working as a free-lance choreographer, performing and collaborating with the Baran Dance Company and Triptych Collective, and is co-director of the Women's Showcase, a festival presenting local and regional female artists.

Megan Payne

Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Dance (2009), and received her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University (2012), in partnership with the American Dance Festival. Megan has had the privilege of presenting her work at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the OhioDance Festival, among other notable performances. Megan is currently working as a free-lance choreographer, performing and collaborating with the Baran Dance Company and Triptych Collective, and is co-director of the Women's Showcase, a festival presenting local and regional female artists.

Kate Corby Kate Corby is a contemporary choreographer, movement educator and performer. She has shown her work extensively in the US and in Canada, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow. Kate is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and continues to create work with her Chicago-based company Kate Corby & Dancers. Her choreography has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader, “jarringly beautiful” by the Isthmus and is consistently a Critics’ Pick in Time Out Chicago. Kate was also featured in Dance Magazine as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world.” Her more recent projects include a residency at Experimental Film Virginia, a collaboration with video artist Orit Ben-Shitrit through a DANCE MOViES commission by EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the City of Chicago’s SpinOff festival.

Kate Corby

Kate Corby is a contemporary choreographer, movement educator and performer. She has shown her work extensively in the US and in Canada, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow. Kate is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and continues to create work with her Chicago-based company Kate Corby & Dancers. Her choreography has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader, “jarringly beautiful” by the Isthmus and is consistently a Critics’ Pick in Time Out Chicago. Kate was also featured in Dance Magazine as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world.” Her more recent projects include a residency at Experimental Film Virginia, a collaboration with video artist Orit Ben-Shitrit through a DANCE MOViES commission by EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the City of Chicago’s SpinOff festival.

Rosie Trump Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media.  Her work is nostalgic in style, feminist, and deliberately understated.   She plays with the tension between the ordinary and the absurd in search of movement that is mutually comedic and political. Her dance films have been presented by the Utah Dance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Dance Film Festival, the Opine Dance Film Festival, the RADfest, the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and Dances Made to Order.  She is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival.  Trump is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno.   www.rosietrump.org

Rosie Trump

Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media.  Her work is nostalgic in style, feminist, and deliberately understated.   She plays with the tension between the ordinary and the absurd in search of movement that is mutually comedic and political. Her dance films have been presented by the Utah Dance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Dance Film Festival, the Opine Dance Film Festival, the RADfest, the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and Dances Made to Order.  She is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival.  Trump is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

 www.rosietrump.org

Christa Smutek Christa Smutek received her B.S. in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, 2013. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI. Morgan Williams has danced professionally with Dance Kaleidoscope, Joell Hall & Dancers, and Eisenhower Dance. He is currently the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company. Christa and Morgan both teach and choreograph for Studio One Dance Company in Wales, Wisconsin.

Christa Smutek

Christa Smutek received her B.S. in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, 2013. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI. Morgan Williams has danced professionally with Dance Kaleidoscope, Joell Hall & Dancers, and Eisenhower Dance. He is currently the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company. Christa and Morgan both teach and choreograph for Studio One Dance Company in Wales, Wisconsin.

Adam E. Stone Adam E. Stone is the director, writer, and producer of the ballet films "Resting Places: A Ballet Film" (2015) and "Janet: A Silent Ballet Film" (2014), which have been featured in numerous festivals throughout the United States of America. He is also the writer, producer, and co-director of the films "Thank You for the Letter" (2014) and "Abstractly You Loved Me" (2013). His other work includes the spoken-word ballet "A Life Unhappening" (2012), the DVD novel "Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions" (2010), and three traditional print novels: "The New Harmonies" (2009), "Kingston Fugue" (2007), and "Xamon Song" (2006).

Adam E. Stone

Adam E. Stone is the director, writer, and producer of the ballet films "Resting Places: A Ballet Film" (2015) and "Janet: A Silent Ballet Film" (2014), which have been featured in numerous festivals throughout the United States of America. He is also the writer, producer, and co-director of the films "Thank You for the Letter" (2014) and "Abstractly You Loved Me" (2013). His other work includes the spoken-word ballet "A Life Unhappening" (2012), the DVD novel "Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions" (2010), and three traditional print novels: "The New Harmonies" (2009), "Kingston Fugue" (2007), and "Xamon Song" (2006).

Marco Longo Augenblick is an italian collective formed by: Alessandra Elettra Badoino (1980) theatrical set designer, performer, Danzeducatore; Marina Giardina (1970) dancer, actress and performer; Fabio Poggi (1972) performer, PhD in Urbanism with a focus on the performativity of space; Marco Longo (1986), filmmaker.

Marco Longo

Augenblick is an italian collective formed by: Alessandra Elettra Badoino (1980) theatrical set designer, performer, Danzeducatore; Marina Giardina (1970) dancer, actress and performer; Fabio Poggi (1972) performer, PhD in Urbanism with a focus on the performativity of space; Marco Longo (1986), filmmaker.

Zornista Stoyanova Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she holds B.A. in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT. After concluding her studies, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.   She is deeply inspired by artists like Anthony McCall, James Turrell and Japanese choreographer Naoko Tanaka.  She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work.  Since becoming a mother in 2013 her work has focused on abstracting the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.    In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute, where she focused on abstract character building, clowning and interactive theatrical performance. Later, her studies with Deborah Hay sparked an interest in performance presence and deconstruction of communication thorough posture and gesture.  Since then, Zornitsa has sought out professional development opportunities researching art practices in abstracting the body and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff amongst others.   While an artist in residence at Meet the Next Generation program, part of eXplore Dance Festival 2011 in Bucharest, Romania, she studied with Meg Stuart. This influenced her tremendously and furthered her research in extreme emotional presence.  To this date Zornitsa uses Stuart’s methodologies in working with power dynamics and physical states in performance.   In September 2015, she started a yearlong residency at <fidget> space in Philadelphia exploring personal narratives from the female perspective along with custom lighting and Mylar multimedia interaction.  Her residency brought her to producing a collection of photography and dance on camera she calls Body Etudes. Culminating the residency Zornitsa will present a multimedia interactive performance event called Explicit Female last weekend in April, 2016.  Zornitsa is a supporter for a sustainable dance community.  From 2006 until 2010, she was a member of Mascher Space Cooperative and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects from 2007 until 2011.  She has hosted and organized multiple workshops for the community and taught free workshops in making web sites for artists and budgeting. In February 2015, she started a community dance workshop in collaboration with <fidget> space called Get What You Need.  Along with fellow artist Kristen Shahverdian and Jacelyn Biondo, Zornitsa is curating an ongoing festival called Move Dance Think Fest.  She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa is also a writer for thinkingdance.net.  Her latest project is Moms Make Art residency in partnership with Mascher Space Cooperative and Fidget Space. She is presently raising funds and organizing the four month flexible residency for young mothers who create performance.  www.herebegindance.com

Zornista Stoyanova

Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she holds B.A. in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT. After concluding her studies, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.   She is deeply inspired by artists like Anthony McCall, James Turrell and Japanese choreographer Naoko Tanaka.  She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work.  Since becoming a mother in 2013 her work has focused on abstracting the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.    In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute, where she focused on abstract character building, clowning and interactive theatrical performance. Later, her studies with Deborah Hay sparked an interest in performance presence and deconstruction of communication thorough posture and gesture.  Since then, Zornitsa has sought out professional development opportunities researching art practices in abstracting the body and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff amongst others.   While an artist in residence at Meet the Next Generation program, part of eXplore Dance Festival 2011 in Bucharest, Romania, she studied with Meg Stuart. This influenced her tremendously and furthered her research in extreme emotional presence.  To this date Zornitsa uses Stuart’s methodologies in working with power dynamics and physical states in performance.   In September 2015, she started a yearlong residency at <fidget> space in Philadelphia exploring personal narratives from the female perspective along with custom lighting and Mylar multimedia interaction.  Her residency brought her to producing a collection of photography and dance on camera she calls Body Etudes. Culminating the residency Zornitsa will present a multimedia interactive performance event called Explicit Female last weekend in April, 2016.  Zornitsa is a supporter for a sustainable dance community.  From 2006 until 2010, she was a member of Mascher Space Cooperative and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects from 2007 until 2011.  She has hosted and organized multiple workshops for the community and taught free workshops in making web sites for artists and budgeting. In February 2015, she started a community dance workshop in collaboration with <fidget> space called Get What You Need.  Along with fellow artist Kristen Shahverdian and Jacelyn Biondo, Zornitsa is curating an ongoing festival called Move Dance Think Fest.  She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa is also a writer for thinkingdance.net.  Her latest project is Moms Make Art residency in partnership with Mascher Space Cooperative and Fidget Space. She is presently raising funds and organizing the four month flexible residency for young mothers who create performance.  www.herebegindance.com

DDCF 2015 Dance Film Fest