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SF Dance Film Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

Author: San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Dance Film SF announces programming for the 11th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF), 18-25 October, presented online at Marquee TV.

  • 2020 San Francisco Dance Film Festival | Copyright: © CREATION, Jaehyeong Yoo

    2020 San Francisco Dance Film Festival © CREATION, Jaehyeong Yoo

  • Film Still from UPROOTED | Copyright: © Photo: Vibecke Dahle. Dancers: KAJA IRWIN, SABRINA COMANESCU, NATASHA KORNEY of DJD

    Film Still from UPROOTED © Photo: Vibecke Dahle. Dancers: KAJA IRWIN, SABRINA COMANESCU, NATASHA KORNEY of DJD

  • Film still from REVISOR | Copyright: © Adrienne Liron – Revisor Shoot, photo: Michael-Slobodian

    Film still from REVISOR © Adrienne Liron – Revisor Shoot, photo: Michael-Slobodian

Dance Film SF announces programming for its 11th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. The complete festival lineup of 12 programs will be presented on Marquee TV, an international performing-arts streaming service along with Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

The festival opens with UPROOTED – THE JOURNEY OF JAZZ featuring Debbbie Allen. The film by Khadifa Wong presents a colourful and rich examination of jazz dance and of America itself and sets up the other documentaries that trace the history and trajectory of jazz dance, from African tribal dances in BEYOND MY STEPS and into the lives of two prolific and influential dancer/choreographers Gwen Verdon and Maurice Hines. These films launch an important conversation about the pressing need for us all to rethink our collective understanding of dance history.

Other feature length works include a full live performance capture of Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s new stage work REVISOR and the soul-searching poetic film TOM by Wilkie Branson who blends dance, animation and cutting-edge technologies to poignantly reflect today’s zeitgeist. Also featured are six unique, engaging and provocative shorts programs, including SFDFF’s third edition of RAISING VOICES, a collection of dance films creatively exploring and illuminating racial and social justice issues through dance, music and poetry. Q&As, panel discussions, “social gatherings” online will be accessible to audiences as well as the announcement by the festival’s independent award jury of this year’s winners of SFDFF’s international filmmaking competition.

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