4th Annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM (MST)

Sun Studios of Arizona
1425 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Festival Gala Trailer

This year’s festival received 47 submissions from 29 different schools throughout the United State. All of these films were viewed and adjudicated by professionals within the dance and film community, with the highest scoring pieces to be showcased at the 4th Annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival Gala.

Out of the 29 schools that submitted films, 12 schools will be represented in this year's festival gala:

Arizona State University
Cornish College of the Arts
East Carolina University
Florida State University
Idaho State University
Ohio State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Texas State University
University of Alabama
University of Oregon
University of Utah
Virginia Commonwealth University

This year's festival gala will showcase 18 different films and is scheduled to take place at Sun Studios on April 14th. The gala is FREE and open to the public.

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4th Annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival Gala

dust to dust (2016)

Submitted by: Georgia Sheridan
University: The University of Alabama, Undergraduate
Director, Editor, Choreographer, Performer: Georgia Sheridan
Cinematographers: Donny Westbrook, Kim Sheridan
Sound: There Will Be Time by Mumford & Sons ft. Baaba Maal
Program Note: Largely inspired by Ecclesiastes 3, "dust to dust" explores the idea that everything happens in due time, exactly as God has planned for it to be. We are merely dust in the wind in comparison with the largeness of the universe, and we should take comfort in the fact that our timeline will play out exactly as God intends for it to unfold.

A Chance in Time (2016)

Submitted by: Katie Rose Carnes
University: University of Alabama, Undergraduate
Director, Choreographers: Katie Rose Carnes
Cinematographers, Editor: Catherine May
Performers: Jonathan Bryant, Katie Rose Carnes, Caroline Conrad, Caroline Hill
Sound: Composed by Aaron Dues
Program Note: A Chance in Time, reflects on the past and present of everyday life. Each individual has their own unique and unparalleled story to tell. This film reflects on unsteady flashbacks of an individuals life, yet that does not affect him from bettering his situations and becoming successful in society.

Iris (2015)

Submitted by: Callie Moore
University: Virginia Commonwealth University, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer, Performer: Callie Moore
Sound: Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation, Tibetan Singing Bowl
Program Note: The work is an exploration of how eye movement can correlate to body movement. The work highlights the tactility of the eyes by relating eye movements to abstracted body movements through editing. Extreme close ups of the eyes, face, and body create a collage of moving skin. By having only the eyes and naked skin on screen, Iris aims to provoke the intimacy and even sensuality of the eyes.

In Control (2016)

Submitted by: Erin Stevens
University: Southeast Missouri State University, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Erin Stevens
Cinematographers: Ilina Ghosh and Erin Stevens
Performers: Tasha Sauer, Bekah Galpin, Molly O'Connor Gadd, Louisa Petts. Extras: Megan Dickson, Erin Stevens, Mercedes Lewis, Hannah Parkinson
Sound: Between Monuments by Valgeir Sigurðsson

Erlenmeyer Waltz (2016)

Submitted by: Meagan Helman
University: Florida State University, Graduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Meagan Helman
Choreographers: Meagan Helman and Ross Daniel
Performers: Ross Daniel Sound: Composed by Meagan Helman
Program Note: A scientist has a little too long observing his experiment in the laboratory and his imagination begins to roam.

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All the Things I was Told I Couldn't Do (2016)

Submitted by: Katherine Dorn
University: Arizona State University, Graduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Katherine Dorn
Choreographers: Katherine Dorn, Felix Cruz, Lacee Garcia, Indigo Harmin, Diona Peltcs, Cody Pickens, Brandon Trieu
Performers: Felix Cruz, Lacee Garcia, Indigo Harmin, Diona Peltcs, Cody Pickens, Brandon Trieu
Program Note: A common perspective outsiders possess of the dance world is that it is vicious, competitive, bad for one’s self-esteem, and all in pursuit of nothing worthwhile. As a dance artist, I am often confronted with situations and statements that attempt to demean the power of my art and validity of my life choices. "All the Things I was Told I Couldn’t Do" is a multi-channel video installation that attempts to challenge this belief by asserting that the challenges dancers must overcome originate in society as much as within the field of dance. The video’s two channels are used in conjunction to humanize the dancer and invite the audience to empathize with his or her experience. In the first channel, the dancer is shown moving through a guided improvisation. To generate this movement, the dancers were prompted to show their identities through movement and to move through each of their stories. The second channel shows footage of interviews with each of the dancers in which they answered questions that sought stories of times they were told they couldn’t do something. As the video progresses, the scope of the dancers’ stories widens from stories within the field of dance to stories that represent society as a whole. It culminates in each dancer’s response to the question, “Looking back, are you more resentful or thankful?”

grows her own spine just fine (2016)

Submitted by: Katherine Corbett
University: East Carolina University, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer: Katherine Corbett
Performer: Elenaluisa Alvarez
Sound: Mother by Daughter, Alone/With You by Daughter

Refine (2016)

Submitted by: Lindsey Gerson
University: Texas State University, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer: Lindsey Gerson
Performer: Sarah Nastoupil
Sound: Wishes of the People of Honghu Lake by Min Hui-Fen

Surreptitious Sugar (2016)

Submitted by: Monica Kerr
University: Cornish College of the Arts, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer: Monica Kerr
Performers: Ayla Dalling, Shayley Timm
Sound: Nia Sings by Mike Wall, Wobbler by Mike Wall, Recordings by Monica Kerr
Make-up: Anu Brown
Program Note: “Surreptitious Sugar” is a short dance film about two nymphs that hide in an urban garden. The bright garden invites the audience into their quirky and playful world. However, this fairy duo isn’t all-telling, and it turns out maybe these creatures aren’t so playful after all.

Intermission

Caminatore (2016)

Submitted by: Angela Rosales Challis
University: University of Utah, Graduate
Director: Angela Rosales Challis
Editor: Hanna Weber Cinematographer: Conor Long
Choreographer: Elisabetta Bortolotto
Performers: Carola Roccatagliata and Francesco Gerbi Sound: Aaron Moura
Program Note: Caminatore means the one who travels. This film represents that the places that we visit and the memories that we hold makes who we are today. Filmed in Genova, Italy.

Free and Clear (2016)

Submitted by: Lynson Alexander
University: Texas State University - San Marcos, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Lynson Alexander
Choreographers: Lynson Alexander and Shuan Davis
Performer: Shuan Davis
Sound: Kate Reid's closing speech in Volker Schlondorf's adaptation of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

Imprisoned (2016)

Submitted by: Lindsey Gerson
University: Texas State University, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer: Lindsey Gerson
Performers: Alexandra Burkhart, Sarah Nastoupil, Nan Simms
Sound: Clouds, The mind on the (Re)Wind by Ezio Bosso
Program Note: This film is dedicated to all the people who are enslaved in the sex industry. I hope that it will shed some light on the darkness that still plagues humanity.

Saturday Morning (2016)

Submitted by: Hannah Andersen
University: University of Oregon, Graduate
Director, Editor, Choreographer: Hannah Andersen
Cinematographers: Hannah Andersen and Lila Reid
Performers: Jimee Banks, Sean Gilbert
Program Note: A peek into the dance of cooking breakfast.

Annaphase (2014)

Submitted by: Alysia Fae Klein
University: University of Utah, Graduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Alysia Fae Klein
Choreographers: Alysia Fae Klein and Carly Schaub
Performer: Carly Schaub
Sound: Original Score by B.T. Measles
Program Note: The dichotomies within.

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When I Dream, I am the Camera (2015)

Submitted by: Alysia Klein
University: University of Utah, Graduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Alysia Fae Klein
Choreographers: The cast of dancers
Performers: The Dreamer - Marta Schaub, The Star - Maham Khwaja, Dancers/Crowd - Carly Schaub, Francesca Mintowt-Czyz, Megan O'Brien, Cat Kamrath, Wen-Hsin Liu, Michael Butler, Brian Measles, Jiling Liu
Sound: Original Score by B.T. Measles
Program Note: This film is a reproduction of five dreams had by Alysia Fae Klein.

Natural (2016)

Submitted by: Callie Moore
University: Virginia Commonwealth University, Undergraduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer: Callie Moore
Performer: Jada Willis
Program Note: Natural is simply an exploration of an image or idea. The short film experiments with color, texture, sound, and rhythm.

The Wall (2016)

Submitted by: Joshua Manculich
University: Ohio State University, Graduate
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Choreographer: Joshua Manculich
Performers: Mason Chapello, Abigail Frank
Sound: Then Suddenly, Everything Changed by Alaskan Tapes
Program Note: Inspired by the amplitude of physical touch, this short dance film recognizes that even when we attempt to go somewhere with someone else, walls may form and trajectories may change.

A New Beginning (2015)

Submitted by: Gage Horne
University: Idaho State University, Undergraduate
Directors: Gage Horne & Travis Williams
Cinematographers, Editor: Travis Williams
Choreographer: Gage Horne Performers: Gage horne
Sound: Jack by Robin Williams, All of Me by John Legend, Symphonies by Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi, Heroes by Alesso ft. Tove
Program Note: A New Beginning was inspired by the idea of getting out of your body. You give all of yourself to something to exceed yourself from your original goal. Listen to the symphonies around you and dance with the music you have. Then become a hero.