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Portland Dance Film Festival Best of the Fest

Portland Dance Film Festival Best of the Fest



Join Portland Dance Film Fest on January 19, 2019 at the Clinton Street Theater for a special screening of 9 Award Winning films from our 2018 Festival!

Dive back into the films that got audience awards and accolades! We present this night of Dance for Film as we prepare to open submissions for our 2019 Season and will be announcing the recipient of PDFF’s Oregon Dance Film Commission for the 2019 Season as well.

We hope to see you there! 

January 19, 7:30pm
Clinton Street Theater
$12 advance, $15 at door

Award Winners from 2018 Portland Dance Film Festival

Shivta / Israel - 10:58 
SHIVTA is a short dance film telling a cinematic and kinetic exploration of two lost desert wanderers. In the form of Fata-Morgana, a doubtful portal appears in the distance. Curiosity takes over and the two, as the narrative rolls forward, find themselves bewitched and possessed by a celestial fortune teller.

Digital Afterlives / Australia – 4:47 
A man in white-winged angel shoes in an infinite black space is awakened by the strains of Franz Liszt’s “Totentanz” (“The Dance of the Dead”). He gets multiplied and manipulated through all the dimensions of infinite black. None of the incarnations of his body have free will as he is thrown, bounced, split, squelched, flopped, frozen, and slid through multitudinous geometries by an unknown force, finally to be returned to his original form and spat out onto the junk heap of history. Could the insistent music be a god manipulating him in this afterlife? Would a breakout lead him to a better world or just another incarnation of himself as a puppet?

Ladia / US - 6:45 
Inspired by female "superheroes" Lara Croft and Nadia Comaneci. LADIA explores the limits of pain, effort and exhaustion in a contemporary female athlete.

Shadow Animals / Sweden – 21:35 
Marall follows her parents to a party and during the evening she observes the adults’ social rituals, and what happens when someone doesn’t fit in. Marall also seems to be the only one seeing the shadow that circulates inside the house.

sweetgrass / Oregon Artist – 10:56 
Sweetgrass is an aromatic herb native to North America. It can be harvested up to five times per year and is also referred to as ‘Holy Grass’.

what is real / Oregon Artist – 3:34 
Internationally known street dancer Daniel “Dsoul’ Norwood collaborated with a dancer and filmmaker Conrad Kaczor from Portland, Oregon to create a promotional video for The Gnosis Retreat Center. It’s a place where experiences shouldn’t be corralled into labels and numbed by prescriptions out of convenience. People need the embrace of a community. Gnosis Retreat Center is a safe haven for those experiencing extreme states of consciousness.

Are you holding me, or am I holding myself Mexico– 11:47 
Are you holding me , or am I holding myself? is a self study examining the relationship between our minds and our bodies, our thoughts and our actions, and the sometimes insurmountable gaps between what we think we want to feel and what we actually experience.

TWINS “You Must Be Related!” / USA – 3:48 
Two dancers, who also twins, explore public perceptions of twins and their internal struggle of sisterhood.

House of Joy / Oregon Dance Film Commission Recipient

Special Admission

$12 advance, $15 at door