92Y Harkness Dance Center Presents MOBILE DANCE FILM FESTIVAL — Preview

Animated Mobile Dance Film "Sublimation" by Lisa Kusanagi

Now through August 31

Streamed online on the 92Y Harkness Dance Center website

$5, Tickets available on the 92Y Harkness Dance Center website

92Y presents the third annual 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festivalthe only dance film festival featuring works shot entirely on mobile devices. The Festival explores what happens at the intersection of choreography, camerawork and editing.

An international jury of dance filmmakers chose 30 films as Official Selections out of more than 152 submissions from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Uruguay and the US. The Official Selections include the Festival’s first-ever animated mobile dance film.

New to this year’s Festival is the 13 Quarantine Screen selections, a festival feature created in response to the pandemic conditions dancers and filmmakers faced. The submission period for this year’s Festival had been open when COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns began and out of necessity, filmmakers utilized social-distancing practices and techniques such as Zoom and FaceTime, Tik Tok’s Don’t Rush challenge, and split-screen dueting. MDFF creator Andrew Chapman realized it would be difficult to measure these films against the more “traditional” techniques available to pre-pandemic artists and created a separate category.

The Festival also includes a separate screening of the new documentary Bent But Not Broken starring dancers with scoliosis, shot on mobile devices during the pandemic. This is the first documentary for the Festival and is followed by a discussion with the film's director Paige Fraser, choreographer Rena Butler and MDFF creator Andrew Chapman.


Program I (Runtime: 40 minutes)

  • Chelsea M. Davis / Rozmova Films — THINGS BURIED 
  • Daniela Alvares Beskow — Re-learning how to fly
  • Didier MULLERAS, France — COLONY 
  • Eliana Fuino, Luli Brindisi, Argentina — The Breakup
  • Leni Mendez — Danced House 
  • Move Community Papua — KOMBROF 
  • Veronika Kulcsar — The Potential of a White Wall
  • Vidya Warrier, American filmmaker of Indian descent — Dancing for the Rivers 

Program II (Runtime: 40 minutes)

  • Chloe Walker — Triadic 
  • Adryan Natha — DIRI 
  • Ayumi Toyabe / UGOIQ, Hungary — A | R | M |x 
  • Blakh Love Arts LLC — Living With Demons 
  • Carsyn Gekas — Does it make SENSE? 
  • Diana Kupreyshvili, Russia — Dejavu
  • Eduardo Hernandez, USA — MONTEBELLO
  • Emma Anna Wedemeyer — The Night We Met: The good, the bad, and the unsure
  • Isabella Vergara, USA — In Between, Around, and Underneath 
  • Sonya Slinchenko — ИГРЫ РАЗУМА
  • Stephanie Perez — Semihundido

Program III (Runtime: 40 minutes)

  • Abu Grey Lobubun, Indonesia — WOMB
  • Adriana André Rosa da Silva — Corpo Onírico 
  • Cina Gabel, USA — The Kitchen 
  • Elijah Richardson, USA — Take Five 
  • Greta Gauhe, Germany — A moment in time 
  • John Bernard R. Estrada, Phillipines — A Dialogue 
  • Lisa Kusanagi — Sublimation 
  • Mercy K. Nelle — Circling 
  • Nicola Hepp, Sweden / The Netherlands — reset 
  • Sayaka Milan, Japan — My Art 
  • Sorokonog — Humpty-Dumpty
"KOMBROF" by Iphul Asyhari of Papua, Indonesia

Quarantine Screen Selections (Runtime: 60 minutes)

  • Alexander Dampbell and Anthoula Syndica-Drummond, Australia — Where We Are 
  • Charly Wenzel, Germany — PAUSE 
  • DanielRose Project — Small Jumps 
  • Davide Arneodo, Italy — Intermission
  • Diego Funes, USA — Absence 
  • Kit McDaniel — BAD DREAM 
  • Laura Ardner, USA — Working Hard or Hardly Working? 
  • Liz Curtis — Quarantined Corps 
  • Marta Renzi, USA — Dancing is an Old Friend 
  • Maxfield Haynes — Don’t Rush feat. A Few of the Black Men of the Concert Dance World
  • Milie Nelson, USA — THE RED ZONE 
  • Valentina Cayota, Uruguay — COVIDEO 
  • Vashti Goracke / Rozmova Films, USA / Asia — To Connect 

Bent But Not Broken Mobile Dance Film Documentary Screening + Discussion (Runtime 60 minutes)

2020 MDFF Jury – All Official Selection from 2019 MDFF 

Lucía Peñaloza - Argentina Gwen Charles - USA Billie Bird – France 

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