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Catching Movement on Film

Dance for the Camera Film Series Begins Feb. 1
January 18, 2011
Press Release #11-004

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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 by the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies, the series is free and open to the 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; feel free to bring lunch. 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 p.m., 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 p.m., 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 p.m., 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, 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center

A full evening of short films, ranging from humorous to thought-provoking.

 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.