Every genre, country or theme has a film festival in San Francisco. We literally could be enjoying festivals year round.
That might be why there has been little attention put on the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, which will enjoy its fifth year Nov. 6-9 at the Brava Theater Center. So it’s now time to put it under the spotlight.
The SFDFF has enjoy tremendous success it is emerging years – bringing various styles of dance to the limelight while celebrating the craftsmanship of filmmaking.
Short film or feature, narrative or documentary, the film festival embraces dance and the artists who make it possible while celebrating it in the form of film, making it be able to get a wider audience.
Opening night Nov. 6 will bring an international collection of short films The 11 film collection offer films varying in length from 2:00 to 12:30 minutes and includes entries from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania and a joint venture between Finland, Estonia and Japan.
Nov. 7 features three wonderful programs. Staring at 6pm, there’s a “Mitchell Rose Presentation,” which is free, provided you get tickets online. That’s followed at 7pm by a program entitled “Love Stories & Glove Story,” which features four short dance films followed by a a brief feature. One of the shorts “Intrinsic Moral Evil” is a cool and evocative triangle that brings into question sexuality – gay, straight and undecided.
“Redefining Dance” ends the evening with a program starting at 9pm. This highlights a mix of dances from different genres, featuring New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, Dragon House Crew member Marquese Scott, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Matthew Rushing and Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Samantha Figgins.
Saturday, Nov. 8 has five different programs starting at 10am with a Dance Film Forum, a free event at the public library. “Screendance Matinee” offers a wildly diverse selection of 11 shorts starting at 3pm. This program includes a short from local famed dance photographer RJ Muna. A 5pm program includes the feature documentary “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain,” a rare look into the famed choreographer’s methodology.
At 7:30pm, we’re offered the feature “The Man Behind the Thorn,” a documentary I thoroughly enjoyed about Vincent Paterson, the out choreographer behind Michael Jackson’s and Madonna’s best moves. The day ends with the 9:30pm showcase of “Saturday Night Shorts,” which features some darker and more adult themed short films dealing with love, death, vertigo and Dante’s Inferno.
Sunday, Nov. 9 starts off with an energetic collection of three short films and a feature. The shorts, “I Got Rhythm,” includes a local film entitled “Misiòn Flamenca,” which shows how vibrant the Mission District truly is and ends with the feature “Tap or Die,” that shows all the lengths that tap dancers go through to keep the genre relevant.
At 4:30pm, several wonderful dancers are showcased in the program “Ballet Forms and La Passion Noureev.” The short films include one with two sexy Czech ballet twins Jiří and Otto Bubeníček and ends with a feature tribute to Rudolf Nureyev on the 20th anniversary of his death.
The evening ends with the 7pm program “Co-Laboratory Films + Local Shorts,” which includes several varied shorts, including one about Charlie Chaplin.
There’s a lot of variety at the festival, all sharing the love of dance and introducing it to a mass audience. To check out the complete program and to get tickets, go to www.sfdancefilmfest.org.