Join us for the In/Motion Dance Film Festival 2021.
Presented entirely online, this year's festival boasts an impressive schedule including 14 internationally curated films, the premiere of a new, locally produced dance film titled Leverage, a special conversation between artists about the importance of dance film as activism, and more!
Special guests include Rena Butler, Rachel Damon, Aaron Greer, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Alysia Johnson, Talia Koylass, Nathaniel Viets-VanLear, and Dr. Arshiya Sethi.
2021 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
DANZLENZ INDIA BY THE KRI FOUNDATION
JANUARY 23RD - 11:00AM CST
Join us for a unique selection of shorts representing Indian voices in dance film. This special event, curated by Kri Foundation/DanzLenz founder, Dr. Arshiya Sethi, explores tensions between classical forms and experimental approaches to performance.
LEVERAGE PREMIERE & FILM-MAKING PROCESS DISCUSSION
JANUARY 23RD - 1:00PM CST
Featured at our 2020 festival as Local Artists at our Works-In-Progress showing, Rachel Damon and Aaron Greer premiere their newest dance film, Leverage. Following the premiere, join Rachel, Aaron, and their production team for a discussion on the process: How they recreated choreography from the stage to film, how sound and lighting elements altered the journey, and how each person involved became woven into the storyline.
LIVE Q&A - LEVERAGE CREATORS RACHEL DAMON + AARON GREER
JANUARY 23RD - 1:30PM CST
After the premiere of Leverage, join filmmakers Rachel and Aaron LIVE for a Q&A about the film, its process, and being artists during trying times. We encourage this to be a forum for feedback, shared ideas and experiences, and discourse between filmmakers all around the world.
FAMILY TREE SCREENING + Q&A WITH CHOREOGRAPHER / DANCERS
JANUARY 23RD - 2:00PM CST
Join us for a screening of Family Tree, created with Loyola University Chicago dance students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Filmed outdoors along Chicago’s beaches, voiceovers of familial stories create duets with soloed movement, creating a larger, cohesive story of each dancer’s journey. Co-directed by Sarah Cullen Fuller and Talia Koylass.
EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE 2021
JANUARY 23RD - 3:00PM CST
The 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase boasts eight short dance films from around the world, all from filmmakers at the beginning of their career. These films feature everything from personal stories, to environmental calls-to-action, to social justice commentaries. It’s a program you won’t want to miss.
INTERNATIONAL JURIED SCREENING 2021
JANUARY 23RD - 6:00PM CST
The 2021 International Juried Screening boasts six incredible short dance films from around the world. The films are true representations of fantastic work at the intersection of dance and film, while giving a spotlight to topics needing the light.
A TALE OF TWO SCREENING + Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS
JANUARY 30TH - 6:00PM CST
From the minds of co-Directors Rena Butler and Talia Koylass, In/Motion is proud to screen A Tale of Two (2020). Featuring dancers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, this film explores what it’s like to grow up in Chicago - a city of many dualities. After the screening, join Rena Butler, Talia Koylass, Alysia Johnson (dancer) and Nathaniel Viets-VanLear (My Block My Hood My City) for a conversation about the film, the journey of creating it, and how we can use art to make a positive impact on our own communities.
JURIED AWARD CEREMONY
JANUARY 30TH - (FOLLOWING A TALE OF TWO SCREENING + Q&A)
Following the A Tale of Two discussion, Rena Butler will announce In/Motion 2021’s awards: The Grand Jury Award and the Social Justice Award.