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Dir: Mary John Frank, 7 mins 32 secs, 2013, USA, UK PREMIERE

Screened with Concert for Shadows 1-10 in the DANCE:FILM Bites programme


Arlington is a silent, choreographed dance film that explores basic human emotions associated with survival. Through movement, close ups, light and shadow we explore fear, hope, and the desire to control or escape dangerous situations. Arlington was originally a modern dance work performed on the stage at the Tisch School of the Arts. There, two MFA student choreographers, Mary John Frank and Shannon Gillen, decided that it would be an interesting film. They found rustic, outdoor locations that fit the overall vibe of the piece, got students and friends together, and shot the film over a weekend.

The film follows Ashley, a terrified young woman, who has just escaped the scene of her first crime. She is inexperienced and was told by her accomplices to join them just outside of Arlington at a safe haven of sorts. Little does Ashely know that she is the one being hunted. Upon arriving at this mysterious home, Ashley feels that something isn't quite right. Instead of running, she looks for her 'friends' only to find out that they have mislead her; the young girl is trapped and at the center of a dangerous game.John received his BA in Cinema at San Francisco State University. He also wrote, produced and direct several stage ballets featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Oakland Ballet.


Mary John Frank is a choreographer and filmmaker creating dance for film, commercials, the web, and stage. Last year, she was granted the Dance Film & Video Award at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The award provided a full year's scholarship and she completed her M.F.A. in Dance from Tisch in 2013. Previously, Mary John lived in Los Angeles and choreographed for companies including American Apparel and Sony. In 2011, Mary John received Panavision's New Filmmaker Grant and directed, choreographed, and wrote her first film, EINSTEIN'S DANCE. The film received festival recognition and awards including Best Film Direction at the Women's Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. Her works have been screened at film festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Before creating dance on camera, Mary John spent seven years working in film production and acquisitions in Los Angeles for studios such as Miramax, Lionsgate, Paramount, and Warner Bros. She has also served on panels at the South By Southwest Film Festival and was a judge for the screenplay competition and the feature film competition at the Austin Film Festival in 2008 and 2009. Mary John is currently based in New York and she hopes to continue directing, creating movement, and partnering with brands and talent to create memorable ads, film, and stage works.



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