The Oklahoma Dance Film Festival returns to Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK, August 27-29. The only festival of its kind in Oklahoma, this unique event features choreography for the camera, dance documentaries, and experimental short films that emphasize movement. As always, the festival strives to challenge our concepts of dance and to entertain and amaze us, at the same time.
Imports and Exports is the theme for this year’s festival. The opening night event, at 6:30 on Friday evening, August 27, will celebrate local dance artists. There will be a free public screening of One Step at a Time, a documentary about the internationally acclaimed Tulsa Ballet. The video was conceived, filmed and edited by students at Jenks High School. Screened in January at the 2010 Dance on Camera Festival in New York City, the film comes home for its first theatrical screening. Live dance performances and a meet-the-artists reception will add to the opening festivities.
Two other programs will be featured through the weekend.
Saturday, August 28 at 1:00: NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a restaging of Jerome Robbin’s beloved “ballet in sneakers”, shot in a variety of New York City landscapes. Performed and produced by dancers of the NY City Ballet, this film was an audience winner at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Selected experimental short films will complement this program. These dance films merge the physicality of movement, the rhythm of editing, and the intimacy of film – to create a new medium for performance.
Sunday, August 29 at 1:00: Dancing Across Borders, a documentary about Sy Sar, a young boy from Cambodia whose exceptional talent led him on a journey to America’s premier dance stages. This triumphant film has been an official selection of film festivals worldwide.
In conjunction with the festival, Living Arts of Tulsa is hosting a hands-on, Choreography for the Camera workshop, August 14 and 15. Saturday’s class will explore the camera frame as a new space for dance, and Sunday’s class will introduce editing as time-based composition.
For more festival and workshop information, go to www.okdancefilms.com. The Oklahoma Dance Film Festival is sponsored by the LocalMotion Foundation and Choregus Productions, with support from Circle Cinema, Pivot Films and Living Arts of Tulsa.