That ever-elusive question pops up again with this week’s ScreenDance Diaries offering… When does a music video elevate to the ranks of being considered a dance film as opposed to staying a lowly music video? While the question makes for some strong discussion amongst screen dance purists, it makes no difference to me in my viewing experience if the film is compelling and beautiful, which The Acid’s Fame most definitely is.
Let me admit right off the bat that I was immediately predisposed to Fame because it features the beautiful and wonderful dancer and human Raymond Ejiofor, who I adore and with whom I have had the pleasure to work on more than one occasion. In addition the choreography by the Los Angeles based art-house trio Wife (comprised of Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely), is full of feeling and nuance. And while I can’t say I am able to conjure a meaning – nor do I really need to – within the film as a whole, for my money it stands strongly on its own with or without. The direction by Dugan O’Neal is wonderful as is the music, production design, editing, and lighting, and with the choreography and raw movement of the dancers everything works together to create a sense of urgency and honesty that scores big time in my book.
While Fame is three years old (where does the time go?), as a music video, as a short film, as a whatever, it has a relevance and quality of beauty that endures.
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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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