13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival Kicks Off This Weekend in Downtown L.A.

13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival Kicks Off This Weekend in Downtown L.A.

Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West presents the 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film, live performance, and architectural art. Several free live dance performances, an outdoor movie screening, a family-fun Dance-Along, Lester Horton Dance Awards ceremony, and over 20 shorts and long-form films and documentaries to be screened during the festival taking place in downtown Los Angeles today, June 6 and June 7, 8, and 13, 2014.

Venues include The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and Union Station. All outdoor events are free to the public. This year's theme of "Restructure" includes a large-scale "fast-formal" sculpture created specifically for the festival by artist Gustavo Godoy and co-commissioned by The Music Center, making its debut with a live dance performance with LA's own BODYTRAFFIC dance company. In addition, a special commission by Grand Park of an adaptation by L.A. Contemporary Dance Company of a celebrated work will be performed live in the park and the inaugural CalArts@ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition where the winning college and high school films will receive $10,000 in cash and scholarship prizes. Selected films will be screened at the 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival.

The multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone showcasing many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, Dance Theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. The 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival is funded in part by the LA Country Arts Commission, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dance Camera West aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.DanceCameraWest.org.

13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival Schedule:

Friday, June 6

BODYTRAFFIC/Gustavo Godoy Architectural Art, Live Performance - 7:30 p.m.; Free
The Music Center Plaza, Grand Ave between Temple and 2nd

Opening Night International Short Films - 8:00 p.m.; $15
Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave
- Today's the Day (USA, 2013)), 14:00
- Snap Into It (USA, 2014), 3:32
- Sergei Polunin: The Fragile Balance (England, 2013), 12:00
- Pas (USA, 2013), 3:12
- Demand For Love (Norway, 2012), 5:00
- Homegoings: A Dance (USA), 5:00
- Sonata (FRANCE, 2013); 11:00
- ICOSAHEDRONIC (Netherlands, 2012), 1:15
- Adelaars/Eagles (Slovakia, 2013), 9:29
- Rooms (USA, 2013), 5:58
- Angsters (Los Angeles, USA, 2013), 7:11
- Drop the Game - Flume & Chet Faker (Australia & USA), 4:10
- YLYK Super Slow Motion (Singapore, Japan, S. Korea, USA, 2013), 4:10
- Filmmakers Q&A and no-host bar to follow

Saturday, June 7

BODYTRAFFIC/Gustavo Godoy Architectural Art - 2:00 p.m.; Free
Live Performance,The Music Center Plaza, Grand Ave between Temple & 1st

International Dance Films - 2:30 p.m.: $12 (MOCA admission)
Ahmanson Auditorium, The Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Ave
- Swift (Australia, 2016) 14:30, by Ros Warby
- Michio Ito Pioneering Dancer-Choreographer (USA, 2013) 21:20; by Bonnie Oda Homsey
- Globe Trot: Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking and Collaborating from Afar (USA & 22 Countries, 2013) 30:00; Presentation by Mitchell Rose
- Free 2 Be Me (USA, 2013) 32:00 by Jeannette Godoy
- All This Can Happen (UK, 2012) 50:00; by Siobhan Davies & David Hinton
- Filmmakers' Q&A to follow

Site-specific adaptation of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company's Prite Oef Stringh
Commissioned by Grand Park, Live Sunset Performance - 7:00 p.m.; Free
Located between Temple & 1st, from The Music Center to City Hall

Lester Horton Dance Awards, Grand Park - 8:00 p.m.
Located between Temple & 1st, from The Music Center to City Hall
- Each year, the Dance Resource Center presents the Lester Horton Dance Awards devoted to celebrating Southern California's dance community and those who keep it thriving. The Horton Awards recognize advocates, educators, artists, presenters, funders, and other community members who advance the field of dance and enhance the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

Outdoor Screenings, Grand Park - 8:30 pm.; Free
Located between Temple & 1st, from The Music Center to City Hall
- Beneath Our Own Immensity (USA, 2013) 10:05
- Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter (USA, 2014), 80:00 documentary; the inspiring and unknown story of Martha Hill, a visionary who fought against great odds to make dance a legitimate art form in America.

Sunday, June 8

BODYTRAFFIC/Gustavo Godoy Architectural Art - 2:00 p.m.; Free
Live performance, The Music Center Plaza, Grand Ave between Temple & 1st

Afternoon Program - REDCAT; 2:30 p.m.; $15
631 W. 2nd Street

YouTube Choreographers Discussion
- Tony Testa, Director/Choreographer (Moderator); Vincent Paterson, Director / Choreographer (Michael Jackson, Madonna); John Chu, Director (Creator of Ds2dio, LXD, GI Joe); Ian Eastwood, Director/Choreographer (YouTube sensation- 300,000 subscribers); Sponsored by DANCEAMATIC: a global platform that aspires to empower, support, and unite the global dance community through dance, film, and social media. The panel discussion will focus on the new wave of content creators who are sharing their work primarily on YouTube and other social media. Featured Screenings: Josh Killacky/Let Me Love You, Tim Milgram/Jammin, Alvin de Castro and Frace Mercado/Euphoria, Stewart Maclennon/You Know You Like It.

- Etereas (Mexico, 2013) 3:52
- Flying Bodies (Japan, 2013), 78:00 Documentary; Q&A with Sochi Olympics Choreographer Daniel Esralow; the film follows the one night only performance of Aomori Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics Team collaborated with the world renowned fashion designer, Issey Miyake and their behind-the-scene effort.

Evening Program - REDCAT; 7:00 p.m.; $15
631 W. 2nd Street

- Body Without a Brain (Indonesia & USA, 2014), 6:30
- UPAJ: Improvise (USA & India, 2013) 60:00; Directed by Hoku Uchiyama; Choreography & Performances by Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith. A riveting behind the scenes documentary chronicling the birth and journey of India Jazz Suites, the ground breaking collaboration between Indian Classical Dance Icon, Chitresh Das and Tap Star, Jason Samuels Smith. Their unlikely meeting and collaboration is now a phenomenon, the world over. Q&A to follow with the performers.

DCW Awards and $10,000 CalArts@ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition Awards Ceremony

Friday, June 13

3rd Annual Dance-A- Long, Union Station - Time TBA; Free
Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street
- Dance Camera West and Los Angeles Film Festival continue their partnership and present the 3rd Annual Dance-A-Long and movie screening. Bring your dancing shoes and your friends and family for a fun dance lesson prior to the movie!