WEDNESDAY
JULY 27, 5:30PM 
PROGRAM 37

SHORTLIST
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Nerve
USA / Dance / 3 minutes

Director/Writer: Farbod Khoshtinat

Producer: Taraneh Golozar

Cast: Cena Bean

/nərv/ a person's steadiness, courage, and sense of purpose when facing a demanding situation.

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Hungry Ghost
USA / Dance Experimental / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Justin Daashuur Hopkins, Elliott Sellers

Producer: Justin Daashuur Hopkins, Elliott Sellers

Cast: Matthew Gibbs, Rauf Yasit

A young man, navigates feelings of isolation and creative stagnancy, while pushing his body and mind to the limit. His growing anxiety haunts his dreams as he becomes lost in a loop of multi-dimensional paranoia, while attempting to perfect his craft and find his creative identity.

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Moving Day
USA / Dance / 4 minutes

Director/Writer: Christopher Malcolm

Producer: Christopher Malcolm

Cast: Brandon Claybon, Gakenia Muigai

Two lovelorn neighbors are perfect for one another. If only they knew that they other person existed. Can one magical dance bring them together?

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Catching Spirits
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Vanessa Beletic

Producer: Natalie Matozzi

Cast: Destiny Freidin, Justin Porter, Brian Drake

Destiny has been told since childhood she has seizures when she dances. An unexplained phenomena that’s resulted in deep fear and her refusal to dance- despite being drawn to it. What she doesn’t know, is that she has an ancient ability - a birthright of the Haitian women in her lineage going back for ages. 

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Don't You Go Nowhere
USA / Drama / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Bryan Poyser

Producer: Jon Michael Simpson, V. Marc Fort, Cameron Malone, Dwayne Washington

Cast: Mac Mcintosh, Taméca Jones

A jazz dynamo belts his way through his weekly set until he makes an unexpected connection with an audience member in this short film about the power of music over memory.

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Cabeceo
USA / Dance / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Brian James Crewe

Producer: Matt Keil, Brian James Crewe

Cast: Jennifer Berry, Claudio Predieri, Ella, Rebecca Bartlett, Blythe Kala

A passionate Argentine Tango dance fantasy featuring a woman exploring the sensual and dangerous possibilities presented by a potential new lover.

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When We Dance
USA / Dance Documentary / 30 minutes

Director: Nick Waters

Producer: Nick Waters

Cast: Karina Smirnoff

On February 24, 2022 Vladimir Putin and his Russian army invaded Ukraine, beginning an ongoing conflict that has cost thousands of lives and created ripple effects throughout the world - particularly in the international competitive ballroom dancing community. Composed significantly of Ukrainian and Russian dancers, the world of top elite dancers has been thrown into turmoil from the war.

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Nicholas Brothers: Stormy Weather
USA / Dance Documentary / 20 minutes

Director: Michael Shevloff

Writer: Heather Ross

Producer: Alison Taupier, Paul Crowder, Michael Shevloff

Cast: Harold Nicholas, Fayard Nicholas, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Savion Glover

In the 1940s, virtuoso tap dancing duo the Nicholas Brothers performed a dance routine so beautiful, so athletic, so SEMINAL, it prefigured hip hop dance by 3 decades. Contemporary dancers Les Twins, inspired by their story, bring this iconic routine out of the shadows, creating a modern incarnation of the groundbreaking original.