What is the relationship between dance and film? Is there any significance?
Yes to both of those questions! Dance was paramount in the development of the technology and art form of film and filmmaking at the turn of the 20th century. Some of the very first films created were of dancers. For example, in 1894, Thomas Edison filmed dancer Ruth St. Dennis performing “The Skirt Dance.” And in 1904, Louis Lumier filmed Loie Fuller performing her famous "Fire Dance." These pioneers of film were looking to capture movement and what better way to do that but with dance.
How are you personally involved in the Jacksonville Dance Theater Film Festival?
I am the director and curator.
Are there any films you're particularly excited to share with the First Coast?
All of them really. We have films from over 15 different countries in genres from animation to horror. There is really something for everyone!
In the student shorts category, JDFF is excited to welcome back an alumnus of the festival, as well as a former Jacksonville Dance Theatre member, Alexis Valez. Her film “Unfurling” combines her expertise as a choreographer, performer, composer, and filmmaker in this beautifully haunting exploration of sound and movement. She is currently a Master's Degree candidate at Washington University in St. Louis.