YOU ARE THE PUBLIC! Dare to Dance in Public Film Fest & #GivingTuesday
As #GivingTuesday & the holidays approach, we are getting excited about all that’s coming up for Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, and sharing it with all of you! We are SO thankful for your readership, your support, and your enthusiasm…
Today we turn to you and invite you to help us continue championing dance films made in the public sphere!
As a young girl, studying dance and growing up in LA, I didn’t just see dance in studios and theaters – I saw it everywhere. It was in the rhythm of a self-professed preacher intoning the word of God as people passed him on a street corner, in a baby holding herself up and bopping to music before she could even walk, and in the swoop and sway of a flock of birds while pattern diving through the sky. And when I began doing large-scale, public works in alternative sites and saw the enthralled reactions of passersby from simply watching rehearsals, I realized that dance didn’t just belong in studios and theaters to a specific socio-economic or cultural group in the know, but out in the public sphere where it can be accessible to everyone. That’s why I write ScreenDance Diaries — to spread the wealth and beauty of dance.
Dance is a life force… a part of the pulse of the human spirit. I believe that we humans are born hardwired to dance. Dance is a common language that can speak to all of us without saying a single word… And like life, dance is ephemeral, which is part of where the beauty of film comes in. Film not only preserves dance, its undeniable reach becomes a whole new platform for experimentation and evolution!
It’s out of all these thoughts that Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival was born.
This Tuesday December 3rd is #GivingTuesday and we turn to you, our readers, and ask for your help with D2D. Your tax-deductible donation of any amount will go directly towards fees and cash awards for winning filmmakers, as well as towards infrastructure. And every film that wins will be offered up right here in these pages for your viewing pleasure! We are truly a grass roots organization and no amount is too small.
This is our third year (Round 3) of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, with the submission deadline around the corner on December 15th. To date we have gathered amazing panels of gold standard judges from the worlds of dance and film, and received submissions from countries around the globe, an enormous number of which were created uniquely for this festival. We are so thrilled and proud to be inspiring creativity!
And in just a few days we have an exciting interface to announce with Dance Camera West!
So this #GivingTuesday we invite you to be part of a MOVEMENT! Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
Next Echo Foundation
215 S. Santa Fe Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Next Echo Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID# 82-2509232. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Checks should be made out to Next Echo Foundation, earmarked for D2D in Public in the lower left hand corner.
If you prefer to donate by credit card please go to: https://nextecho.org/donate, click: honor someone with this gift, and write in Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival. If you prefer to send a bank transfer please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide the necessary information. We will send an email acknowledging your donation, and all contributors will also be thanked by name on Cultural Weekly and in all platforms for Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival.
You are the PUBLIC in Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival!
*Feature photo from Dare to Dance in Public Round 2 winner “Moving Southwark”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.
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