Out of Step
Dir: Lynn Estomin, 6 mins, 2011, USA
Out of Step features the voices of four young female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Robynn Murray, Chantelle Bateman, Kelly Dougherty, and Jen Pacanowski. The film is a collaboration with choreographer Kelly Knox and composer/electric violinist Ritsu Katsumata. The stories are powerful, raw, emotional, and haunting - content that is challenging, but definitely open to interpretation in dance, music and cinematography. There is a deep necessity for veterans to create when so much in their lives has been shattered. A profound sense of hope comes from the ability to rebuild and transform. For more information, click here
Dir: Anthony Mills, 4 mins, 2009, UK
Public Service is a short extract from the multimedia dance odyssey, Watch iT! by Room 2 Manoeuvre. It is a gloriously kitsch 60s announcement about the perils of pornography merged with digitised quirky sign language interpreter. At the beginning a very firm anti-porn stance is established, but gradually the point of view changes as the hypocrisy within society reveals itself. It is a humorous example of how TV can influence our social and moral judgements.
Dir: Peter Sparling, 7 mins, 2011, USA
Created in Paris in October, 2011, Patient Spider was inspired by a pattern of late-afternoon light cast on the wall of Sparling's atelier at Cite Internationale des Arts. Stepping into that light, he created a dance for the camera which, when taken into editing, suggested a mosaic-like metamorphosis. The resulting work provides a web or kaleidoscope of multiple windows onto the body as it scans inwards and outwards from its promontory. The title, taken from the Walt Whitman poem, 'A Noiseless Patient Spider', and its musical setting by composer Yehuda Yannay, further locates the work as a soulful exploration painted in light, color and the contours of the naked human form.
Weightless - Emotional Freediving
Dir: Toni Martin Dobrzanski, 5 mins, 2011, Denmark
A man from our world travels through an emotional journey in the world of underwater creatures. Trying to find balance inside - a state of weightlessness - he experiences to get knocked down. Sometimes we have to fall deep to realize that we always have the choice to stand up again. Freediving is a sport of diving underwater with just one breath in your lungs. It's about keeping the mind at ease, taking a deep breath and letting yourself fall into the ocean. This movie is made to show this sport from a new perspective - an emotional and mythical view. For more information, click here
Dir: Kathy Rose, 7 mins, 2011, USA
A non-narrative digital hd video, exploring Japanese supernatural and goddess imagery in a rich kinetic video painting. This butoh inspired piece is a magical spectacle portraying a mesmerizing world of the interior, of thought, and meditation in which figures flow and drip in a universe of their own. For more information, click here
Dir: Lucia Zoro, Roses Urquhart, 6 mins, 2010, UK
A six-minute satire on corporate culture, Circularity Thinking brings hula-hooping to the boardroom. Economic times are tough, but Scottish business visionary Shona Campbell has an answer, and it's hoop-shaped. From her glossy executive office, Shona candidly relates the meteoric rise of her company, Circularity Thinking, and unveils the methodology behind their new business model, Thinking Inside the Circle. Extraordinary hula-hooping, glossy corporate locations and a pulsing soundtrack combine into a riotous business manifesto that will delight anyone who has spent time in an office. For more information, click here
Dir: Adriano Cirulli, 4 mins, 2011, UK
Falling is an abstract study of human interaction, expressed entirely through movement and sound. A man and a woman drift through an empty void, their bodies twisting and contorting as if subject to powerful forces beyond their control. Their motions become more harmonious when their paths intersect, only to reignite into restless struggle as their bodies split apart once again. Connection is thwarted, and the cycle seems doomed to repeat itself. For more information, click here
In the Garden's Mind
Dir: Elisabetta Vittoni, 5 mins, 2009, Italy
Two men, one woman, two meta-realitiies encased within each other. My body emerges from a 'body' to explore the nature of abandon, of help, of refusal. For more information, click here
Dir: Helena Astbury, 3 mins, 2009, UK
A photomotion, alternarrative re-telling of fragments of a story. Play is projected upon despair and trickery, only visible through the looking glass of the frame. A female figure leads each frame through a dialogue of re-telling, by way of telling a story which is punctuated by falling down a hole, becoming smaller, larger and encountering a cat. This is Not Alice. For more information, click here
New London Calling
Dir: Alla Kovgan, 10 mins, 2010, USA
In New London Calling, an unsupervised tribe of 75 children take over the entire city of New London, creating their rites and rituals through playing street games. Their vibrant spirit evokes hopes for the future but also melancholy about the glorious past of children culture disappearing from the streets of American cities.