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Image Description: A large red triangle cuts across the image, two Irish light-skinned/white dancers are revealed on the other side of the triangle. They sit back-to-back on a pier, leaning on one another with their eyes closed and mouths slightly open. Their feet dip into a vast body of water lapping against the pier. Video Still by: Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off the Dance Floor by Lisa Freeman. Text over the image reads: “SALT LAKE FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: SCREENDANCE”. The “a” in Screendance is a dark red sideways triangle, like the play button on a video player. Additional text reads “SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 9-11. BROADWAY CENTRE CINEMAS. Sponsored by: School of Dance and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah and the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.”

April 9 - April 11

SCREENDANCE IS BACK

Salt Lake Film Society, in collaboration with the University of Utah School of Dance, College of Fine Arts and Film & Media Arts Department, present the third edition of Screendance Film Tour: Bodies in Motion, featuring the works of award-winning dance filmmakers, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, on April 9 to April 11.
 
This year’s lineup was carefully curated by experimental filmmaker, choreographer, performer and Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Screendance at the University of Utah, Kym McDaniel, who also moderated our two pre-recorded panel conversations.
 
Screendance 2024 program highlights the moving body on screen and is experimental, inclusive, and identity-driven. We will offer 7 programs, including a solo screening of visiting Mexican artist, Tania Hernández Velasco, whose work focuses on choreographies of the body, landscape, and memory.

ADMISSIONS

INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS
$12 per film screening
 
PASSES
$60 All Access Pass includes access to all Screendance in person films and events.
 
All tickets and film passes will be available at SLFStix.org.

FILM SCHEDULE

Tues April 9

7 pm

Program 1: Tania Hernández Velasco

Eclipsis 16 min.

Our Body is an Expanding Star 4 min.

Titixe 60 min.

Wed April 10

7 pm

Program 2: Disability Dance Shorts
One + One Make Three
25 min.

Rhizophora
17 min.
Run time: 42 min.

Program 3: The Body As An Archive
Crip Mad/Archive Dances
30 min.

a so-called archive
20 min.

Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off the Dance Floor
21 min.
Run time: 1 hr 11 min.

9 PM
Program 4: Huahua’s Dazzling World and its Myriad Temptations 花花世界
Huahua’s Dazzling World and its Myriad Temptations 花花世界
Run time: 82 min.

Thurs April 11

7 pm

Program 5: Dance Animation Shorts

Delivery Dancer’s Sphere 25 min.

Bird in the Peninsula  16 min.

Moving or Being Moved 11 min.

Run time: 52 min.

Program 6: Rhythms of Resistance

Moune Ô 16 min.

absent wound 10 min.

Bury My Heart on Kit Carson’s Land 5 min.

Dance Dance Evolution 18 min.

Run time: 49 min.

9 PM

Program 7: University of Utah Student Shorts + The Truss Arch

Why Do I Always Survive 7 min.

Un Poquito 7 min.

What She Is 3-5 min.

The Truss Arch 35 min.

Run time: 55 min. 

VISITING GUEST

Tania, a Mexican filmmaker with brown skin and long brown hair, peers down at the camera, a small smile on her lips and in her eyes. She wears a dark blue long-sleeved top with small white dots. Behind her, an angular glass building reflects green and whites of the landscape and sun.'
Tania Hernández Velasco is a filmmaker born in México City.

[Image Description: Tania, a Mexican filmmaker with brown skin and long brown hair, peers down at the camera, a small smile on her lips and in her eyes. She wears a dark blue long-sleeved top with small white dots. Behind her, an angular glass building reflects green and whites of the landscape and sun.]

Tania Hernández Velasco is a filmmaker born in México City. Through a poetic, ludic and sensory approach, her work explores questions of territory, nature, legacy and identity that traverse her intimate sphere.

Titixe (2018), her first feature documentary in which she holds directing, editing, producing and cinematography credits, has been selected in more than forty international film festivals and collected several awards. 

In 2019, she was selected as a Flaherty Seminar – Professional Development Fellow (Flaherty Seminar, NY) and was awarded the Charles C. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award (Full Frame FF, NC).

In 2022, she debuted as an opera stage director for Opera Lafayette’s Silvain which premiered in NYC’s Museo del Barrio and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. That year, she also premiered “Eclipsis”, in which she holds directing, editing and producing credits, a short film produced by Mexico’s National University Cinematheque (Filmoteca UNAM).

She is working on her second film Our Body Is an Expanding Star (2024), in collaboration with Semillites Hernández Velasco. This project has been supported by FOCINE-IMCINE (2021)and Firelight Media’s William Greaves Fund (United States, 2021).  Hernández Velasco imparts documentary workshops and is currently a recipient of México’s Jóvenes Creadores grant (2023). 

PANELS

Screendance online program also offers two pre-recorded conversations, spotlighting different themes of the tour.  These will be made available online at slfstix.org starting April 9.

SCREENDANCE 2024 PANEL: THE LEGACY OF SCREENDANCE IN SALT LAKE CITY On our first conversation, Screendance lead curator and moderator, Kym McDaniel, engages with Tania Hernández’s work, as well as with disability activist and artist Petra Kuppers, and U of U student Devin Etcitty, to discuss integrating poetry and voice in their screendance practices. Click here for FREE Panel.

SCREENDANCE PANEL: Poetry, Identity and Voice in Screendance On our second conversation, Kym McDaniel and U of U Screendance Program Founder, Ellen Bromberg, discuss the legacy of screendance in Salt Lake City and the journey of the Tour to this day. A candid, joyful discussion, that will surely be cherished for many years to come. Click here for FREE Panel.

FILMS

Films are available in theater and online.  See schedule for program showtimes.  Online access is available here.

absent wound

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 6: RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE

Image Description: A stone sink located on the floor, with a metal faucet and two metal pots. A small green plant is next to the sink. There is light-colored text in the middle of the screen that reads, “sun is pouring in”.

10 min | 2015 | Iran | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Maryam Tafakory

The rituals of warrior training are seen in combination with the recitations of a girl.

a so-called archive

WEDNESDAY, April 10 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 3: THE BODY AS AN ARCHIVE

Image Description: A dark brown hand holds up a photograph. The photograph shows an archival room that is stark and academic. Behind the photograph, a light grey brick building is in the background.

20 min | 2020 | United Kingdom | Not Rated | Short | ALL FILMS CAPTIONED FOR ACCESS

Directed by Onyeka Igwe

a so-called archive imagines the ‘lost’ films from the archives of the Colonial Film Unit (1932–1955) in Lagos, Nigeria and the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (2002-2009) in Bristol Temple Meads, U.K. Using distinctive soundscapes, choral arrangements and a radio play within the confines of images from a disembodied tour of the exquisite corpse of an archive building.

In Lagos, the former Nigerian Film Unit building was one of the first self-directed outposts of the British visual propaganda engine, the Colonial Film Unit (1932–1955). Today it stands empty. Its rooms are full of dust, cobwebs, stopped clocks, and rusty and rotting celluloid film cans. The films found in this building are hard to see, not only because of their condition, but also perhaps because people do not want to see them. They reveal a colonial residue, echoed in walls of the building itself.
Meanwhile, in Bristol Temple Meads, the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (2002-2009) was previously housed in the vaults of one Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s most famous railway designs. The museum included photographic, film, sound and object collections from across the former British Empire. However, it is now shrouded in ignominy after the alleged illegal sale of several items from its collection, leading to its closure. The monetisation and obscurity of its collection points to an attitude to Britain’s colonial past.

BIRD IN THE PENINSULA

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 5: DANCE ANIMATION SHORTS

16 min | 2022 | Japan | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Atsushi Wada

Children are dancing to music under the supervision of their teacher. A young lady witnesses the scene and disrupts their rituals.

BURY MY HEART ON KIT CARSON’S LAND

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 6: RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE

Image Description: It’s dusk with purple blue skies and a hue of orange as the sun sets in the West. An androgynous body overlays the landscape with an arm raised to the sky.

5 min | 2024 | USA | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Devin Etcitty

Filmed on Dinétah, the body and land converse with each other. In this experimental film, the landscape enthralls viewers with it’s vastness, beauty and isolation. Inspired by their upbringing on the Navajo Nation, the artist seeks to answer questions about trauma in the body.

CRIP MAD/ARCHIVE DANCES

WEDNESDAY, April 10 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 3: THE BODY AS AN ARCHIVE

35 min | 2024 | USA | Not Rated | Short | ALL FILMS CAPTIONED FOR ACCESS

Directed by Petra Kuppers

The Crip/Mad Archive Dances address disabled and mad presences in asylum spaces and in dance archives through participatory performances grounded in disability culture.

DANCE DANCE EVOLUTION

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 6: RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE

18 min | 2022 | USA | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Jules Rosskam

In Dance, Dance, Evolution six trans-identified people explore their relationship to dance over time. As one participant says, “What I feel when I’m dancing is the very decomposition of myself.” This short, joyful documentary looks at the ways in which the body in motion opens up the spaces between gender, race, and time, producing pleasure in indeterminacy. This begs the question, how do we take that idealized moment on the dance floor—where nothing matters but the beat—and take it with us everywhere we go?

DELIVERY DANCER'S SPHERE

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 5: DANCE ANIMATION SHORTS

25 min | 2022 | Korea | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Ayoung Kim

Ernst Mo works for courier service Delivery Dancer. Every day, she transports an endless stream of parcels, following algorithmically generated routes through a labyrinthine Seoul. After she runs into an alternative version of herself, her reality slowly starts to crack – with all the attendant consequences. In her own unique style, artist Ayoung Kim creates a fascinating and pretty disturbing world.

ECLIPSIS

TUESDAY, April 9 | 7:00 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 1: TANIA HERNÁNDEZ VELASCO

Image Description: A circular, micro-close up image of a butterfly. A spectrum of blues, yellows, greens, and blacks fill the circular image. Around the circular image is a black background.

16 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Tania Hernández Velasco

HUAHUA’S DAZZLING WORLD AND ITS MYRIAD TEMPTATIONS 花花世界

WEDNESDAY, April 10 | 9 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 4: FEATURE IN FOCUS

Image Description: Huahua, a Chinese woman wearing a black long-sleeved coat and multicolor skirt dances in public. In one hand, she holds up her phone. In her other hand, she gestures around her. She wears a bright headband with flowers and a light pink lace scarf. Behind her, a community of men, women, and children watch her. She smiles broadly at her phone as she dances.

82 min | 2022 | China, Canada | Not Rated | Feature

Directed by Daphne Xu

Huahua, an eccentric and exuberant woman from Xiongan New Area, livestreams herself dancing, singing, and chatting with fans on Kuaishou for a living. Cell phone screens, beauty filters, and digital soundscapes reveal a world that Huahua creates with her own image.

MOUNE Ô

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 6: RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE

16 min |  2022 | Belgium, French Guiana, France | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Maxime Jean-Baptiste

“I close my eyes. The crowd makes me smile, breaks my body, and that’s the end” By presenting the festive events which escorted the projection of the film “Jean Galmot aventurier” by Alain Maline, where the filmmaker’s father played a role, the images of Moune Ô reveal the survival of the colonial inheritance within a Western collective unconscious always marked of stereotypes. From little gestures of daily life, the resistance toward oppression comes in its own rhythm.

MOVING OR BEING MOVED

THURSDAY, April 11 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 5: DANCE ANIMATION SHORTS

11 min |  2020 | USA | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Sabine Gruffat

The everyday performance of domestic labor is teleported into a surreal game world where an emotionally responsive AI chatbot provides no answers. In this world, motion capture technology translates movement into data that can be unbound from the human body. Yvonne’s No Manifesto becomes a framework for understanding the existential impact of this new dataset. What happens to movement when it is divorced from affect and feeling? What happens to dance without the basic premise of embodiment and breath?

ONE + ONE MAKE THREE

WEDNESDAY, April 10 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 2: DISABILITY DANCE SHORTS

25 min |  United Kingdom | Not Rated | Short | ALL FILMS CAPTIONED FOR ACCESS

Directed by Kinetic Light

Commissioned and presented by ALL ARTS, this Emmy-nominated experimental documentary-dance film — directed by Katherine Helen Fisher of Safety Third Productions — takes audiences behind the scenes and into the studio as Kinetic Light creates their aerial dance production, Wired. Wired is an immersive work that explores the gendered, raced, and disability histories of barbed wire and traces the fine line between “us” and “them.” Dancers partner, spin, and soar as they reflect on art, dance, and disability as a creative force.

Kinetic Light’s ongoing research and development of aesthetic artistic accessibility can be flexibly experienced in One + One Make Three through two streams of ASL interpretation, multi-voiced enhanced audio description, and integrated open captions. We craft these access approaches as an integral part of our art, in collaboration with other disabled artists and community members. They are intentionally designed to be as challenging, provocative, and beautiful as the art itself.

OUR BODY IS AN EXPANDING STAR

TUESDAY, April 9 | 7:00 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 1: TANIA HERNÁNDEZ VELASCO

Image Description: A Super 8mm image of a brown-skinned dancer wearing a red shawl wrapped around her shoulders. She peeks out from beyond trees. Her faces turns to the sun which lights parts of her face.

4 min |  Mexico | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Tania Hernández Velasco

Two siblings make an imaginary pilgrimage through the memory and geography of their Brown bodies in order to discover their beauty and dignity. As they journey through the seas of their stretch marks, the fields of their hair, and the constellations of their moles, their ancestors emerge to accompany them.

RHIZOPHORA

WEDNESDAY, April 10 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 2: DISABILITY DANCE SHORTS

17 min |  2015 | Vietnam, Germany | Not Rated | Short | ALL FILMS CAPTIONED FOR ACCESS

Directed by Davide De Lillis & Julia Metzger-Traber

Dancing between waking and dreaming, a day seen through the eyes of eleven young residents of the Friendship Village in Vietnam who are living with disabilities caused by Agent Orange.

SLIPPED, FELL AND SMACKED MY FACE OFF THE DANCE FLOOR

WEDNESDAY, April 10 | 7 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 2: DISABILITY DANCE SHORTS

Image Description: Two Irish light-skinned/white dancers sitting back-to-back on a pier. They lean on one another, eyes closed and mouths slightly open. Their feet dip into a vast body of water lapping against the pier.

20 min |  2022 | Ireland | Not Rated | Short | ALL FILMS CAPTIONED FOR ACCESS

Directed by Lisa Freeman

Drawing on the town’s history as a site of leisure and respite, this work positions the human body in this now-defunct site of relaxation. The actors create intimate moments of dialogue in this public space, where the script touches on ideas of therapeutic infrastructures, tourism and the body as an archive. These moments are woven through this site of failed architecture, set to a live musical score performed by a saxophone player.

THE TRUSS ARCH

THURSDAY, April 11 | 9 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 7: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHORTS + THE TRUSS ARCH

35 min |  2021 | Canada | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Sonya Stefan

Somewhere between an autobiographical piece, a heartfelt tribute to an immigrant mother whose fate is out of her hands, and a dance film rich in poetry and symbolism, this ode to freedom bubbles with reflections and experimentations—all set against the imposing backdrop of factory chimneys and a truss arch bridge.

TITIXE

TUESDAY, April 9 | 7:00 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 1: TANIA HERNÁNDEZ VELASCO

60 min |  2018 | Mexico | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Tania Hernández Velasco

UN POQUITO

THURSDAY, April 11 | 9 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 7: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHORTS + THE TRUSS ARCH

Image Description: A black background with fragments of bright pink and purple. Abstract gestures and lines fill the frame, similar to a painting or drawing.

7 min |  2024 | USA | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Roxanne Gray

A mother and daughter explore borderland identity, community, and lineage through folklórico dance in San Antonio, TX.

WHAT SHE IS

THURSDAY, April 11 | 9 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 7: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHORTS + THE TRUSS ARCH

Image Description: A distorted image of a female mannequin, her face curves along the frame, bended and collaged alongside other fragmented limbs and parts of the body.

3 min |  2024 | USA | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Constance Anderson

A 16mm film that explores freedom in female sexuality through the aesthetic of “cool,” inspired by the 1960s Americana beatnik movement. The film plays with tension between analog and digital and physical and metaphysical. 

WHY DO I ALWAYS SURVIVE

THURSDAY, April 11 | 9 PM | Screening as part of PROGRAM 7: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHORTS + THE TRUSS ARCH

Image Description: Four women stand looking to the left of the frame. They wear brightly colored folklórico dance costumes consisting of colorful skirts, ruffled blouses, and braided headpieces with ribbons and flowers. The women also wear skeleton bodysuits under their dresses and a skeleton mask over their faces.

7 min |  2023 | USA | Not Rated | Short

Directed by Irishia Hubbard

A presence hangs suspended, a bridge between epochs and dimensions. Within this immersive experience, the ancestral voices reverberate through her essence, whispering secrets of our heritage. Why Do I Always Survive is a colorful exploration of corporeal existence through the unique perspective of the Black moving body.

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Image Description: A large red triangle cuts across the image, two Irish light-skinned/white dancers are revealed on the other side of the triangle. They sit back-to-back on a pier, leaning on one another with their eyes closed and mouths slightly open. Their feet dip into a vast body of water lapping against the pier. Video Still by: Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off the Dance Floor by Lisa Freeman. Text over the image reads: “SALT LAKE FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: SCREENDANCE”. The “a” in Screendance is a dark red sideways triangle, like the play button on a video player. Additional text reads “SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 9-11. BROADWAY CENTRE CINEMAS. Sponsored by: School of Dance and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah and the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.”
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