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    Dance Camera West‘s 11th annual Dance Media Film Festival


    Thu. June 28 – Sat. June 30, 2012
    – Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
    – The Hammer Museum

    Dance Camera West’s (DCW) 11th annual Dance Media Film Festival opens at LACMA with the screening of its highly anticipated shorts program, which will include special guests (TBD) on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The next day, Friday, June 29, also at LACMA, DCW pays tribute to Soul Train with a screening of the 90-minute documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America with special guest Jody Watley, as well as a longer shorts program.  The festival closes on Saturday, June 30, 2012 with a documentary program at The Hammer Museum.

    This year’s festival marks Dance Camera West’s first year under the leadership of newly appointed Executive Director Tonia Barber, who is ushering in a brand new decade for the organization with an influx of new energy.  Dance Camera West’s Co-Founder and long-time Artistic Director Lynette Kessler stepped down in January 2012 to take on new challenges after leading the organization through its first decade.


    Fri. June 22
    Pre-Festival Kick-Off:
     – As part of the Los Angeles Film Festivals free outdoor programming, there will be a Dirty Dancing Dance-A-Long at California Plaza
    – celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film
    – free salsa lessons by Contra-Tiempo
    – special guests and a shadow cast consisting of performers from local dance companies to dance on stage below the screening during key scenes
    – 7:00pm
    – Grand Performances – California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071 – http://www.grandperformances.org

    Thu. June 28 –
    DCW Festival Opening Night in Association with Film Independent:
    – DCW’s highly anticipated “Shorts Program” kicks off the festival
    – with post screening panel Q&A moderated by Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell
    – Reception to follow
    – 7:00pm

    Films Scheduled to Screen on 6/28/12:
    – “Chant et Fugue” by Martin and Facundo Lombard
    – “Falling” by Adriano Circulli
    – “Origami” by RJ Muna/Katherine Fisher & Jaime Verazin
    – “Gravity of Center” by Thibaut Duverneix/Victor Quijada
    – “Painted” by Duncan McDowell/Dorotea Saykaly
    – “Into Minds” by Azul Serra/Irineu Nogueira
    – “Outside In” by Tove Skeidsvoll/Petrus Sjovik (also screened at the Cannes film Festival)
    – “MOVE” by Dominique Palombo/Jermaine Browne

    LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art – 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323-857-6010; http://www.lacma.org)

    Fri. June 29 –
    Daytime Program:
    – Longer shorts (30-40 minute films)
    – 2:00 – 4:00pm

    Films Scheduled to Screen on 6/29/12:
    – Pro Motion Youth Screenings (2 shorts)
    – “Black Train is Coming” by John T. Williams
    – “Contact” by Mitchell Rose
    – “Labyrinth Within” by Pontus Lidberg
    – “The 818 Session” by Jessica Koslow
    – “Ora” by Philippe Baylaucq/Jose’ Navas (also screend at TIFF)
    – “Fanfare For Marching Band” by Daniele Wilmouth/Peter Carpenter

    Evening Program:
    – Tribute to Soul Train with screening of the 90-minute documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America by J. Kevin Swain followed with interviews with original Soul Train dancers including Jody Watley and a live Soul Train party. Hosted by Elvis Mitchell.
    – 7:00pm
    – LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art – 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323-857-6010; http://www.lacma.org)

    Sat. June 30 –
    Closing Night:
    – Going Somewhere – a creative documentary about Wayne McGregor by Catherine Maximoff
    – Closing Night Awards Reception
    – 7:30pm
    – The Hammer Museum – 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310-443-7000; http://hammer.ucla.edu)

    All events are free to attend.

    “Free Expression” by Martin & Facundo Lombard


    Dance Camera West is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance media from around the world. Founded in 2001 by Kelly Hargraves and Lynette Kessler, DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing thousands of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. The organization is unique in its artistic purpose, as no other organization in Los Angeles offers audience exposure to such a diverse range of work by international dance companies.

    DCW strives to create a broader and more engaged audience for dance and dance media by merging both performance and cinematic aesthetics. DCW is one of only a handful of organizations in the world that present the thought-provoking adventure of dance media.  Known as one of the world’s premiere presenters of dance media, Dance Camera West aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with critical creative programming.  DCW has expanded the audience for dance in Southern California with the presentation of more than 2,000 dance films from 47 countries since its inception.


    – DCW Site – http://www.dancecamerawest.org

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    – Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/dancecamerawest
    – YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/dancecamerawestfest

    – Image Gallery – http://gallery.me.com/lynnhasty#100301

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    For more information, press passes, photos, or to interview DCW’s director Tonia Barber, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201 or lynn@greengalactic.com.

    “MOVE” by Dominique Palombo
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