American Dance Festival's "Movies by Movers" Dance Film Festival
October 17-19, 2019 at 7pm
For the fourth year in a row, the American Dance Festival’s “Movies by Movers” film festival is part of the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance’s fall season. As part of the festival, films selected from international submissions will be shown. Admission is free of charge, but donations for dance scholarships will be gratefully accepted at each venue.
“Movies by Movers” is an annual festival of films dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. It showcases collaboration between the ephemeral art of live movement and the perpetual nature of film. Students, emerging artists, seasoned professionals — even those who would not consider themselves artists but have great ideas — find room on the festival’s screens to share their craft.
Founded nine years ago by Cara Hagan, assistant professor of dance studies at Appalachian, “Movies by Movers” merged with the American Dance Festival’s (ADF) International Screendance Festival in 2016.
“As is the case with prior iterations of the festival, the lineup is special for a multitude of reasons,” shared Hagan. “Each year, films submitted from around the world are considered and, as the curator for this program, it is my pleasure to watch and enjoy each and every one. It is through the submission and viewing process that the screenings are created — or rather, that the screenings emerge.”
Hagan says that one of her greatest pleasures as a curator of screendance is allowing the work to speak for itself, and for the conversation around the work to begin with listening to how the work wants to be presented. “Often in the viewing process, a few films will jump out at me and say, ‘We have something to say. Put us together and let the dialogue begin!’”
She believes that a few themes have come through loud and clear, saying a lot about where our minds are, in the collective, both creatively and socially. “In particular, there are films that tackle women’s issues across the world, that question our relationships to technology and feed our need for contemplative space. Of course, there are also films which offer us pure joy, help us wrestle with what it means to be an artist and give us opportunities to reframe our perceptions and expectations around what art is and can be,” she shared.