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DCW in the Hollywood Reporter

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

“Leaving Las Vegas” director Mike Figgis Debuts Erotically Charged Dance Film
Saturday, June 18 in Los Angeles

6/16/2011 by Degen Pener

In Mike Figgis’ new movie, The Co(te)lette Film, three female dancers wag their hips while on all fours, grind against each other and suggestively spread their legs while stone-faced men surrounding a stage look on intently. The emotionally freighted piece — which explores issues of desire, sensuality, female objectification and the search for satisfaction — will have its U.S. premiere at the Dance Camera West film fest this weekend on Saturday June 18 at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater.  Read the full article here>

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Get ready for this week with our all new 2-minute trailer!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

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Have a sneek peek at our gorgeous program

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Kay Moonstar designed this fabulous brochure, which we’ll be using throughout the weekend June 16-19, 2011.  Download it in it’s fabulous entirety here.

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It’s Our anniversary, but we’re giving you a gift!

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

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The festival is only two weeks away!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Dance Camera West’s 10th Anniversary celebration festival is only two weeks away!

25 Visiting artists and presenters will soon be arriving from all over the globe to discuss transmedia storytelling, the artist’s process of creation, how international communities are approaching the genre, strategies for getting work funded, and tapping into larger audiences.

Join us June 16-19 for amazing genre busting films, stimulating debate, networking, parties, and many opportunities to meet dance media artists, choreographers, filmmakers, distributors, producers and broadcasters.

With the diversity and range of film subjects and special events you won’t want to miss DCW’s 10th Anniversary. Check out our schedule.

Click here for traveling details.

See you soon,
Lynette Kessler,
Artistic/ Executive Director

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Weekend at the Hammer

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Dance Camera West presents our celebrated “Weekend at the Hammer” on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 during our 10th Anniversary Dance Media Film Festival. Seven programs over two days, including a director’s talk with Mike Figgis in conversation with Krista Smith, West Coast Editor, Vanity Fair. Curated by Lynette Kessler, artistic director of DCW.

Hammer Museum – Billy Wilder Theater
The Co(te)lette Film (U.S. Premiere)
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

2:00 pm: Screening: “The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia”
4:00 pm: Screening: Global Screendance 3
From art historical references to political statements, enjoy eight incredibly diverse short films that range from poignant to lighthearted entertainment.

6:00 pm:
Director’s Talk with Mike Figgis in conversation with Krista Smith, West Coast Editor, Vanity Fair
8:00 pm: Screening: The Co(te)lette Film (U.S. Premiere)
Followed by Q & A with Director Mike Figgis.
Reception to follow for DCW Membership Pass holders

Throughout history, dance has always reflected – and influenced – historic events. Three documentaries show why dance is central to who we are.
1:00 – 5:00 pm: Iconic Figures in Dance: Documentary Series (3 features)

photo credit: Christopher Duggan

All festival events are FREE and open to the public. Priority seating through special Conference Contributor Membership or DCW Membership Pass is highly recommended.

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Ready for reservations?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Our opening night is always a “sell out.”  Make sure you’re a part of the crowd and book early.  Reservations are free but required, and they go online on May 24.  Click here for more information.  Better yet, become a member for automatic RSVP’s to our most coveted events.

Our tenth anniversary festival begins on Thursday, June 16, with a private pre-screening reception at The Getty Center for invited guests and DCW Membership Pass holders.

The evening’s program, “Global Screendance 1,” features nine short dance films from around the world, including several U.S. premieres. This inimitable collection of international screendance films offers various perspectives on life interactions: A solo tap dancer conjuring memories; light-heartedness in a Danish village; a herd of Frisian horses and a duet for two men; a ballet dancer from every angle; a Tibetan dancer in a Scottish schoolroom; a close look at war choreography; and a flash mob of elderly line dancers.

“Nothing matches the energy of opening night,” Lynette Kessler, director of Dance Camera West, said. “We hope you’ll share the excitement with us.”

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Never Stand Still

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We are proud to be presenting the free West Coast premiere of Never Stand Still, a new documentary directed by award-winning producer and director Ron Honsa and narrated by Tony Award-winner and Kennedy Center honoree Bill T. Jones. Never Stand Still is an inspiring film about dance and the extraordinary performers who have dedicated their lives to it; filmed over several seasons on location at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, a National Historic Landmark and America’s longest running international dance festival.

In 1931, during The Great Depression, modern dance pioneer and choreographer Ted Shawn purchased an abandoned New England farm as a retreat for his company of Men Dancers – a radical idea at the time.  Shawn soon began inviting dance artists from around the world to perform, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival was born. Today, Jacob’s Pillow is considered “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times) and a destination for artists and audiences alike. Never Stand Still transports the viewer into a world of non-stop movement as it reveals the story of ‘the Pillow.’

Director Ron Honsa, who will intro the film for us on June 19, comments, “From the youngest dancers in this film to the legendary masters, it was obvious to me that a deep and creative vibration has always resonated at Jacob’s Pillow. This mighty international dance festival captured my heart many years ago. Never Stand Still is a love letter to a rare place and the artists who dare to express the inexpressible through movement.”

SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2:15–3:30PM

Hammer Museum (Billy Wilder Theater)
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90024 – (310) 443-7000

Parking: Parking available under the museum [entrance on Westwood Blvd] - $3 flat rate on Saturdays & Sundays.

All festival events are FREE and open to the public. Guaranteed seating through special DCW Membership Pass is highly recommended.

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10 Reasons to Attend “Dance Media: An Active Spectrum” Conference

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. (followed by dinner and screenings)
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Glorya Kaufman Hall 120 

Aimed at the intersection of dance media’s artistic, academic, and commercial pursuits, our innovative panel discussions will bring together artists, dancers, educators, innovators, and creative and business professionals from the television and film industries for robust discussions on the blending of art, technology, and commerce.

  1. International networking opportunities with prominent dance media professionals
  2. Discuss best practices for producing work across multiple platforms
  3. Explore how to reach fragmented audiences by adapting to new modes of presentation
  4. Learn how to create greater access for new era audiences
  5. Discover new trends in choreography, film, and dance media
  6. Enjoy real-time discussions with prominent directors, choreographers, dancers, and educators
  7. Meet dance, television, and film industry leaders
  8. Enjoy multiple programs of experimental international short dance films and documentaries with special guests
  9. Join a global community of cultural innovators
  10. Refresh and invigorate your creativity

Who should attend?
Whether you are a leading artist, emerging practitioner, creative industry professional, or arts enthusiast, DCW’s special anniversary panel discussion program will change the way you look at and approach transmedia storytelling.

Due to limited seating, the Conference Contributor Membership is highly recommended. Members at this level of giving will receive a guaranteed priority seat all day at the conference, free dinner, and a hosted bar preceding the outdoor screening.
Learn more ›

For all details on attending conference – Membership pass, hotel, transportation,
please go here.

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SAND heads to Cannes

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Local Los Angeles artist and filmmaker Cari Ann Shim Sham’s short film SAND is going to Cannes! SAND was screened at Dance Camera West’s Dance Media Film Festival last year, and received a “SPECIAL MENTION AWARD”. The film tells the story of the history and evolution of sand dance as it is passed down from father to son.

We’re honored that Cari Ann will be presenting a panel on editing dance media at our June 17th “Dance Media: An Active Spectrum” Conference in Los Angeles. Cari Ann has also served on DCW’s selection committee the past two years.

SAND will screen as a finalist in the Cannes Film Festival “Emerging Filmmaker Showcase” on Wednesday, May 18th, at 10:30 – 12:30 in the American Pavilion.

Cari Ann will be attending the festival…and hopes to meet you there!

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