Beginning January 31, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association will be co-presenting the toe-tappingly fun series, Dance on Camera. Until February 4, Dance on Camera will be showcasing the best in dance and movement related cinema. From feature-length documentaries to short works of fiction, this series has a lot to offer for dance enthusiasts and experts. Allow me to highlight three movies that you may want go out of your way to see.
On opening night, don't miss the world premiere of this wonderful documentary about one of the most important figures in modern dance history, Martha Hill. Though she was a terrific dancer, Hill's real impact on the dance world was felt through her contributions towards growing dance programs in schools. Thanks to her unceasing commitment, iconic figures like Martha Graham and Hanya Holm were able to foster a new generation of dancers, including Paul Taylor and Dennis Nahat. "Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter" follows Hill from her early years as an administrator at Bennington College to the very end, when she successfully launched the Juilliard dance program at Lincoln Center. Featuring interviews with renowned dancers and clips of Hill, director Greg Vander Veer paints a complete portrait of this remarkable figure in modern dance history.
"Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter" will be screened on Friday, January 31 at 8:00 pm. Director Greg Vander Veer and dancer Dennis Nahat will be present.
Less about dance and more about the movement and natural choreography of life - as well as choreography of the film medium - "All This Can Happen" is an unique twist on narrative filmmaking. "All This Can Happen" uses clips and stills from the early days of the moving image to form an abstract visual connection to Robert Walser's short story, "The Walk". Directors Siobhan Davies and David Hinton don't just edit clips together end to end, but cleverly use split-screens and differing speeds to sculpt a specific mood to each section. "All This Can Happen" is experimental, fictional, and documentary, and at the same time it is none of these things. The beauty of life itself, as manipulated by Davies and Hinton, is an intriguing and thought-provoking watch.
"All This Can Happen" will have its New York premiere on Friday, January 31 at 6:15 pm. There will be an introduction and Q&A with editor Matt Killip
This short film by Kenneth Sherman is a funny, flashy good time. "Tap Tap Tap" is a parody of when Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting gay sex in an airport men's room using foot tapping as a signal. Sherman uses that foot tapping as a jumping off point for a lavish, Busby Berkeley inspired dance number featuring kaleidoscopic imagery and jazzy choreography. The premise is beyond silly, but the choreography of the extended dance number is first-rate and a joy to watch.
"Tap Tap Tap" will be screened in front of "Tap Or Die" on Friday, January 31 at 3:30 pm.