Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT) partners with kNOwBOX dance and the Dallas Public Library to host the inaugural Dallas Dance Film Festival (DDFF). Recognizing the need for more digital dance exposure, DCNT and kNOwBOX dance created the Dallas Dance Film Festival to promote and support local and international emerging and professional dance filmmakers and to provide an affordable platform for them to share their work. The festival also offers the community at large a new way to observe and experience dance.
DDFF will take place on December 8th at Dallas Public Library: Fretz Park 6990 Belt Line Road, Dallas, TX 75254 from 7:00-9:00 PM. The festival is free and features 12 emerging and professional dance filmmakers. Post screening a Q&A session with available film creators is the stimulating finale. Audience members participate in the selection process using Poll Everywhere, a digital voting platform, to vote for the “Best of the Fest” dance filmmaker. The winner will receive a crystal award, membership to DCNT, be featured on DCNT website for 6 months, and will serve on the following year’s selection committee. Filmmakers also have the chance to be awarded “DDFF Creative” or “DDFF Innovator” the winners will receive a crystal award and membership to DCNT.
DDFF is honored to screen films from 10 countries including Australia, Germany, Singapore, Denmark, Spain, France, Norway, Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States offering a multifaceted experience for the audience.
Digital Afterlives is a witty and whimsical meditation on free will, identity and the afterlife created by filmmakers Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman of The Physical TV Company based in Sydney, Australia. Objective Romance created by Tomer Zirkilevich of Berlin, Germany is about this couple and they’ve been together for many years and then one day, suddenly they lose their love. What if reality went whimsical on us - could we still waddle together, even without really seeing? Chen Jiexiao of Singapore ponders this question in I See You See I See You. Jeppe Lange of Denmark created Laws of Motion a film where two girls have created a world beyond time and space, dancing through the eerie halls of an abandoned monastery. Additional international dance films include 9241 directed by professional filmmaker Marto Romero of Spain, NIVETTE directed by professional filmmaker Gaetan Boschini of France, Veer directed by emerging filmmaker Sveinung Gjessing of Norway, In the House of Mantegna directed by emerging filmmaker Michele Manzini of Italy, and We Are Here directed by professional filmmaker Sima Gonsai from the United Kingdom. From the United States Holly Wilder and Duncan Wilder of Brooklyn, New York wonder, do you ever wish you could shut off all the voices in your head? Who are you when the voices go silent, even if just for a moment? Witness their curiosities in The Field. Filmmakers Jordan Fuchs of Denton, Texas and Melissa Sanderson of Seattle, Washington offer a poetic interplay of three simultaneous visual perspectives of one soloist, Three suggests the complexity, density, and richness of experience at the core of dancing and utilizes disorientation as a strategy for making the embodied experience of dancing accessible through video. Representing our local North Texas community Roma Flowers & Nina Martin’s film Secondary Surfaces Redux presents meditations on the durational aspect of time and the human relationship to labor and survival as two women arduously traverse an expanse of white paper armed only with black charcoal and their bodies.