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Dance for the Camera Film Series Begins Feb. 1


December 14, 2010
Press Release #10-220

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The synthesis of dance and cinematography will be explored in a St. Mary's College of Maryland spring semester film series called "Dance for the Camera." Sponsored bv the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies, the series is free and open to the general public. It includes three noontime programs February 1, March 1, and April 5 in the Screening Room of Montgomery Hall (MH111), and a full evening of short films April 11 at 8:15 p.m. at Cole Cinema in the Campus Center. You can go to one or go to all of them. For more information, contact Sharon Wyrrick at sawyrrick@smcm.edu, or 240-895-4237. A web link for the series can be found at: http://dancefilms.org/festival/dance-on-camera-on-tour/dance-on-camera-on-tour/st-marys-college-of-maryland/

 "These artistic works of dance and movement depend on the camera's capabilities for their realization," said Wyrrick, visiting assistant professor. "This allows the choreographer's vision to go beyond what is possible on the stage."

 The series showcases films made by choreographers, or by filmmakers collaborating with choreographers, including award-winning films spanning narrative, documentary, and experimental genres. It is presented with support from the college's Arts Alliance in collaboration with the Dance Films Association whose annual Dance On Camera Festival is presented in New York City.

 Dance for the Camera Series Schedule:

 Tuesday, February 1, Noon-1, Montgomery Hall 111

"Reines d'un Jour," Director: Pascal Magnin, Switzerland; 1996; 28 min. A strikingly visual and sensual film with six tumbling bodies on mountain slopes of the Alps.

 Tuesday, March 1, Noon-1, Montgomery Hall 111

"The Cost of Living," Director: Lloyd Newson, England; 2004; 34 min. Street performers struggle to find work and romance in a faded seaside town. Choreography Media Honors Award, Dance Camera West, 2007.

 Tuesday, April 5, Noon-1, Montgomery Hall 111

"Nora," Directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton; USA: 2008; 35 min. Based on the life of Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire. Filmed on location in southern Africa Grand Prize, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 2009.

 Monday, April 11, 8:15PM, Cole Cinema, Campus Center

A full evening of short films including:

"Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders," Director: Mitchell Rose, USA; 2002; 7 min. A hilarious investigation of the ties between disordered sleep patterns and early childhood experiences. Comedy Award, Independent & Experimental Films, Houston WorldFest, 2003.

"Advance," Director: Mitchell Rose, USA; 2010;  2  min. One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations. Audience Choice Award, Dance Camera West, 2010.

"Veterans," Directors: Victoria Marks and Margaret Williams, USA/UK; 2008; 17 min. Features U.S. veterans recently returned from Iraq.  First Prize, Barcelona Video Dance Festival, 2009.

"The Mysteries of Nature," Director: Dahci Ma, South Korea; 10 min; illustrates the interdependence of the three realms of sky, earth, and human. Jury Prize, Dance on Camera Festival, 2009.

"Flying Lesson," Directors: Phil Harder, Rosanne Chamecki, Andrea Lerner, USA; 2007; 5 min. A sweet sail one foot above Brooklyn. Jury Prize, Dance On Camera Festival, 2008.

"Snow," Director: David Hinton with Rosemary Lee, UK; 2003, 6 min. Archival footage of winter antics from the 1890s to the 1960s is re-combined to create a rhythmic choreography.

"Boy," Directors: Rosemary Lee/Peter Anderson, UK; 1995; 5 min. A young boy cavorts with his imagined likeness along the dunes and shores of a pristine beach. Choreography for the Camera Award, Moving Pictures, Toronto.

  St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestle on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.