UMove Online Festival and a New Blog Coming Soon!

Dear Friends,

We are very close to having the UMove Online Videodance Festival up here and ready for viewing for the entire month of October. At the same time we will be launching a brand new Move the Frame blog! We’re just putting on the finishing touches, so please check back soon!

In the meantime, reserve your spot now for the UMove Launch Party at The Tank in NYC this Sunday (October 4th!).

Featuring:

  • Two Screenings of groundbreaking works by Video Artists merging Dance and Media.
  • DJ Ben Bartelle and VJ Danielle McKleinfeld, offering clean electronic sounds and digital imagery mixing.
  • Live performances by Bridgman/Packer, Foofwa d’Imobilitie’, and Adam Sondheim.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The TANK

354 West 45th Street, NYC (between 8th & 9th Ave in NYC)

Directions to the Tank

Make your Reservations for Screening times – 7:30 or 9:30 showings.

Click HERE to RSVP

The Launch party reception begins at 8:30pm (after 1st screening) and the party continues after the 2nd screening wraps up.  Your donations support this exciting new screendance movement.

If you would like to invite others to the Launch Party on October 4th, click here for an email invitation.

Can’t make it?  Be there in spirit by giving a tax-deductible contribution to Movement Media.  Every amount helps!

Thanks for your patience, we look forward to bringing you great videodance content soon!

best,

Anna Brady Nuse
Director, Movement Media
Pentacle
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Videodance brought directly to your iphone!

by DAWN PAAP

Use the BOXCAR application on your iphone and receive a Tweet ‘reminder’ about Movement Media’s UMOVE Online Videodance Festival on October 1st! This way you can view the Film Festival easily on your iphone.

Watch the official selections for UMOVE Touring Festival and enjoy other submissions by Video Artists and Dancers.  After viewing the videos, share a comment with us, and let us know what you think of these Dance Film shorts.  We’d love to hear your feedback!

To follow us on Twitter go to: http://twitter.com/MovementMediaNY

Want a reminder about the UMOVE networking party and fundraiser happening this Sunday evening -or- want to invite someone you know to attend?  You can receive a Tweet invitation & RSVP to attend our UMOVE Launch Party in NYC! For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mjkdrk.

Launch Party, Sunday, October 4th, offers 2 screenings (7:30 & 9:30pm), electronic music & video mixing, live dance performances, and networking for video artists, film makers, composers, and dancers!

Be a part of Movement Media’s Fundraising Party to support dance film makers. Come and meet a network of professionals who can help you create your own videodances and dance promo videos!

To RSVP to event now, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mjkdrk.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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UMOVE Online VideoDance Festival beginning October 1st!

Coming directly to your computer, lap top, and mobile phone!


The UMOVE Online Videodance Festival will run for the entire month of October, 2009 right here on Move the Frame (movetheframe.com). During the festival anyone with an internet connection can view the official selection of videos and browse the complete catalogue of over 50 festival submissions.

Featuring a selection of movement-based videos made specifically for the web, the UMOVE program includes innovative animations, 60-second shorts, surprising perspectives on dance and technology,and low budget wonders made on a shoe string.

As the First Annual UMOVE Online Videodance Festival kicks off online, join us to celebrate the launch with a live screening and party in New York City. Come for the screening!  Stay for fascinating multimedia performances and absorbing conversation.

UMOVE Launch Party and Movement Media Fundraiser!

  • 2 Screenings of groundbreaking works by Video Artists merging Dance and Media.
  • DJ Ben Bartelle and VJ Danielle McKleinfeld, offering clean electronic sounds and digital imagery mixing.
  • Live performances by Bridgman/Packer, Foofwa d’Imobilitie’, and Adam Sondheim.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The TANK

354 West 45th Street, NYC (between 8th & 9th Ave in NYC)

Directions to the Tank

Make your Reservations for Screening times – 7:30 or 9:30 showings.

Tickets: $40 Donation for Reserved Seating or $5 at the door for last minute available seating.

Click HERE to RSVP

The Launch party reception begins at 8:30pm (after 1st screening) and the party continues after the 2nd screening wraps up.  Your donations support this exciting new screendance movement.

If you would like to invite others to the Launch Party on October 4th, click here for an email invitation.

Can’t make it?  Be there in spirit by giving a tax-deductible contribution to Movement Media.  Every amount helps!

Festival co-organizers, Anna Brady Nuse, Marta Renzi, and Kriota Willberg have hand-picked a premium selection of international video artists for a program that will stimulate provoke and entertain.  Come for the screening!  Stay for facinating multimedia performances and absorbing conversation.  Drinks (and popcorn) will follow!

Video artists featured in this screening and at UMOVE online: Susan Marshall, Foofwa d’Imobilitie’, Barbara Benas, Daniel Robinson, Ally Voye, Alan Sondheim, Sabine Klaus, Marisa C. Hayes, Natalya Nikolaeva, Sabrina Mergey, and Kyle Ruddick/Evestorm Productions.

More online activities with Movement Media:

View dance videos and learn about artists on our blog (MovetheFrame.com) which discusses many aspects of videodance and features our upcoming UMOVE Online Videodance Festival and the latest winners from our videodance contests.  Connect with Movement Media on Facebook and Twitter and support us in helping dancers to engage with media, reach new audiences, grow artistically, and stay relevant in today’s media-rich world.

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Movement Media’s Fall Calendar and Programs

Movement Media is happy to announce:

  • Kinetic Cinema Film Screenings each Month in 2009
  • UMOVE Festival Screening & Launch Party on October 4th
  • Workshops and Webinars on Filming Dance in 2009
  • Kinetic Cinema Screenings and Workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

CALENDAR of Events in NYC

SEPTEMBER 9th (Wednesday) at 7:00 7:30pm – Kinetic Cinema

“Kill the Ego” curated by Lisa Niedermeyer – Tickets $10

Location: The TANK, 354 West 45th Street, NYC  (btw 8th/9th Avenue)

Directions to The TANK.
© 2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin - Photo by Ron Patane

© 2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin - Photo by Ron Patane

Join us for the kick off of an exciting new season of Kinetic Cinema in which choreographer, performer, and videographer Lisa Niedermeyer curates an evening that explores a kinetic portrayal of New York City.  Conceived originally as a sound collage by Stephan Crasneanscki and Doug Winningham of the new media firm Soundwalk, ‘Kill The Ego’ draws on a decade’s worth of New York City field recordings “voices of pimps and engineers, poets and dominatrixs, visionaries and children, hope and sorrow.”

© 2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin - Photo by Atsushi Nishijima

© 2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin - Photo by Atsushi Nishijima

Fueled by this sound,   underground visual artist Rostarr experiments with gravity, momentum, torque and combinations of all three (break dancing on his canvases) as directors Jim Helton and Ron Patane bring to cinematic life Soundwalk’s original audio collage and Rostarr’s visual work, culminating in a uniquely kinetic representation of New York City.

© 2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin - Photo by Atsushi Nishijima

© 2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin - Photo by Atsushi Nishijima

View the Trailer
Soundwalk’s website

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SEPTEMBER 24th (Thursday) 1:00-2:00pm (EST) – Webinar on ‘How to Make a Great Dance Promo Video’

DanceBrazil - Promo reel by Reels4Artists

DanceBrazil - Promo reel by Reels4Artists

Videographer and founder of the production company Reels4Artists, Gerrit Vooren will present a live online seminar, or ‘webinar ‘ on how to produce a great promo video. Learn how to best frame and edit your work to help you acquire bookings, funding, and audience support. This one hour webinar will take place in real time, so that you have ample time to ask questions and get feedback from Gerrit.

Have a scheduling conflict? No worries, all registrants will have access to a recorded transcript of the webinar to view and listen to anytime.

Registration is limited to 50 ppl. Please contact: movementmedia@pentacle.org to register. Workshop fee $18 USD.

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OCTOBER 4th (Sunday) 7:30 & 9:30pm – The First Annual UMOVE Online Videodance Festival Screening and Launch Party.umove1-11lg

As the First Annual UMove Videodance Festival kicks off online, join us to celebrate the launch with a live screening and party in New York City. Featuring a selection of cutting edge digital animations, 60 sec shorts, surprising combinations of dance and technology, and low budget wonders that represent the best of Youtube. Multimedia performances will entertain and inspire, and drinks and popcorn will flow!

Tickets -$40 Donation with Reserved Seating or $5 At the Door-Very Limited Seating.

To reserve a seat with a $40 donation, please go to our donate now page on our website or contact us at movementmedia@pentacle.org.

Location: The Tank, 354 West 45th Street (btw 8th/9th Avenue) . Directions to The TANK.

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OCTOBER 22nd (Thursday) 7:00pm – Kinetic Cinema

Title:   “Choreographic Portraits on Film” by Victoria Marks.

Tickets- $10 (at the door)

'Outside In on Mirror'-photo by Mark Lewis

'Outside In on Mirror'-photo by Mark Lewis

Victoria explores ‘what moves us’ versus the specific ‘moves a dancer makes’…and the way in which this concept can be captured by the camera.  For Kinetic Cinema, Victoria showcases works which capture what she terms ‘Choreographic Portraiture’, and she offers 2 separate workshops in NYC and Philadelphia to teach others how to work with the camera to capture more intimate aspects of dance on film.

Location: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (at the corner of Rivington).  Directions to University Settlement.

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OCTOBER 23rd (Friday) 10:00am-2:00pm – Workshop on Filming Dance.

Victoria Marks

Victoria Marks and dancers

Choreographer and award-winning dance film-maker Victoria Marks will teach a movement-based workshop on how to capture the essence of the dancer on film.

Open to dance and film professionals and students, registration is limited to 20 ppl. Please contact: movementmedia@pentacle.org to register. Workshop fee $35.00.

Location: HT Chen Dance Center, 8 East 1st Street, (btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue).  Directions to HT Chen Dance Center.

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NOVEMBER 11th (Wednesday) 7:30pmKinetic Cinema

Amy Greenfield Club Midnight Photo

Amy Greenfield -Flesh into Night

Cinedance pioneer Amy Greenfield presents poetic and alluring dance films.

Tickets – $10 (at the door)

Location: The Tank, 354 West 45th Street (btw 8th/9th Avenue) . Directions to The TANK.

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DECEMBER 9th (Wednesday) 7:30 pm – Kinetic Cinema

Carlton Ward, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects

Dancer-Carlton Ward, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects

Choreographer and dance-filmmaker Jody Oberfelder presents: The Phenomenon of Viral Dance Videos.

Tickets – $10 (at the door)

Location: The Tank, 354 West 45th Street (btw 8th/9th Avenue) . Directions to The TANK.

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CALENDAR of Events in Philadelphia

OCTOBER 21st (Wednesday) 6:00pm – Kinetic Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia

Outside In Tango-Photo by Mark Lewis

'Outside In Tango'-Photo by Mark Lewis

In conjunction with the ground-breaking Dance with Camera exhibition at the ICA, Victoria Mark’s curates a Kinetic Cinema screening in Philadelphia.  “Choreographic Portraits on Film”.

FREE

Location: the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Directions to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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OCTOBER 24th (Saturday) 10:00am-5:00pm – Workshop on Filming Dance in Philadelphia.

Dance with Camera-ICA in Philadelphia

Dance with Camera-ICA in Philadelphia

Victoria Marks is offering her workshop on filming dance a second time in Philadelphia.  Open to dance and film professionals and students, registration is limited to 20 ppl.

Please visit www.icaphila.org to register.  Workshop fee $25.00.

Location: The Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.  Directions to Institute of Contemporary Art.

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ABOUT MOVEMENT MEDIA

For more info on Pentacle’s Movement Media project and news about our upcoming Kinetic Cinema season, please check here regularly and visit our website: http://pentacle.org/movement_media.asp

ABOUT KINETIC CINEMA

Kinetic Cinema is a co-presentation of The Tank and Pentacle’s Movement Media project.  This screening series explores the intersection of dance and the moving image.  For each screening Anna Brady Nuse, Pentacle’s director of Movement Media, invites a different guest artist from the fields of dance and media arts to share a selection of films and videos that have inspired them.  These could be works for screen that feature dance, are kinetic-based, or have been influential on their work in some way.  The guest curators come from a range of backgrounds as performers, choreographers, critics, video artists, and film-makers.

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UMOVE Submission Deadline Extended!!

UMOVE Online Videodance Festival deadline has been extended to September 9, 2009!!

In order to celebrate the creativity and diversity of kinetic cinema in all its forms, from dance/film to gaming, from animation to mash-ups, we have extended the deadline for submissions for the following categories:

  • Animation/Gaming – including digital animation, machinima, Second life, Virtual Reality games, motion capture.
  • Cell phone – videos made using a cell phone, webcam, or Flip cam.
  • Gone in 60 seconds – videos under one minute long

Please refer to our web site for details and rules for submission.

The First Annual UMove Online Videodance Festival will run from October 1-31, 2009 on the web with a live screening and launch party in New York on October 4th. Additionally we plan to tour a curated selection of videos to national and international venues in 2009-10.

Please send us your media! We look forward to seeing your work!

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10 Dance and Movement Animations

Movement Media is delighted to have Doug Fox as a guest blogger for this week’s posting.  Back in February 2009, Doug presented several movement-based animations as a guest curator for Movement Media’s Kinetic Cinema program.   Click here to read our blog posting featuring Doug’s Animation program at the screening.

Doug Fox’s Picks for Dance and Movement Animations

One of the captivating elements of dance and animation is the diverse range of forms it can take. Among the animation techniques that can be employed to represent the body in motion, whether in a more concrete or abstract manner, include:

  • 2D
  • 3D
  • Stop motion
  • Live-action and animation hybrids
  • Real-time animated graphics using motion tracking
  • Visualization overlays
  • Special effects
  • ASCII-based animations
  • Digital puppetry
  • Cut-out animation
  • Motion-capture based
  • 2D/3D lasers
  • Rotoscoped
  • Virtual worlds
  • Pre-cinema era animations

For Doug’s round-up of some of his favorite dance and movement animations he made selections of each of these different types of animations.  A few videos chosen by Doug couldn’t be embedded onto our blog for your viewing convenience, but we encourage you to take a minute to check out these great videos, to learn about the many types of dance and movement-based animated videos artists are creating. Enjoy!

Rotoscoped Tango dance scene from “Waking Life”:

Gabrielle Lamb’s “Quizas” mixes 2D animation and live-action footage:

“En Tus Brazos” is a narrative-based 3D animation about a tragic accident that besets a famous Argentinean Tango dancer:

Also enjoy an ASCII-based animation “TextField” by Chirstinn Whyte and Jake Messenger:

http://www.jakemessenger.plus.com/textfield-h264.mov

The Converse music video “My Drive-Thru” is based on the cut-out animation technique:

Oren Lavie’s “Her Morning Elegance” is a stop-motion music video compiled from thousands of photographs:

The “Prodigy Warrior’s Dance” combines stop-motion animation and puppetry:

The Recoil Performance Group’s “Body Navigation” uses motion tracking and projectors to general real-time, interactive graphics in a performance environment:

“Trash Dance” features 3D animation and motion capture:

Lastly, Doug offers us “Anima Istanbul”, which re-creates the feeling of the pre-cinema era zoetrope effect:

http://motionographer.com/theater/if-2009-zoetrope/

Movement Media appreciates Doug sharing some of his favorite animated videodances with our readers.  As you can see, artists are making some extraordinary animations, and there will certainly be more exciting works in the future, as more artists are combine animation with dance and movement.

Doug Fox is the founder of Great Dance, one of the first dance blogs. His blog and speaking programs have primarily addressed how dance-makers can embrace the Internet and digital tools to enhance their marketing and promotional efforts. He is an active member of the dance community and serves on the Dance/NYC Advisory Board.

Doug began to study and research all forms of animation, especially as they relate to dance and movement. This research led to the creation of his dance animation educational program, which he was delighted to introduce at Movement Media’s Kinetic Cinema. Doug is continuing to expand this screening program and workshop and it will be shown on August 16th at the Hong Kong Science Museum presented by the City Contemporary Dance Company.

Doug can be reached at doug@greatdance.com and through his Great Dance website: http://greatdance.com. You can also follow his Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/dougfox.

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Dance Legend Pina Bausch Lives on in 3-D!

by Nicholas Bruder

Pina Bausch was one of those living legends. Her work has been seen by many. Her influence is felt throughout the dance world, and her memory will live in the history books, although she had already infiltrated them.

Her choreography reached a wider audience when snippets of Cafe Muller was shown in Pedro Almodovar’s film Talk to Her. Bausch’s work had a raw and timeless cloud around it. Her pieces were about “things,” not just one “something.” Metaphor was huge. The relationships between men and women always being dissected and presented to an audience that never knew what exactly they were going to see when she premiered a new work.

And the scale of the pieces were unthinkable. Snow falling on stage for a whole second half of a show. A mound of dirt blocking half of the stage. Flowers, chairs, walls, screams, sweat, tears, bruises. All real. Although the visuals were impressive, I do not believe they were ever used to impress upon. I feel that her work was honest and humble. It was ugly and beautiful. If one opened themselves up to the experience of the dancers, they would leave exhausted, but not abused. Bausch was true to her vision and dancers. The audience had to take the role of accepting that and to enjoy the ride, no matter how uncomfortable it might get. The pieces always ended beautifully.

Her pieces were made to be seen in grand, large theaters, but the attention that she asked for, and got, from the audience, was that of an intoxicating program on television.

Her work, I feel, was living cinematogrophy. There are many clips of her work around the Internet that can be found and enjoyed. But the greatest news is Bausch’s collaboration with famous film director, Wim Wellers Wenders. Before she passed, they announced plans to create and film a retrospective documentary on Bausch, and in 3-D. Wenders had cancelled the production after her death, but through public opinion and the amount of letters he received from lovers of Bausch’s work, he will be continuing on with the project.

A 3-D film on the life and work of Pina Bausch. This might be one of the best gifts that the dance world will receive. And in 3-D!! It might seem cheesy, but personally I have only had the privilege to see one Bausch piece live, and I am welcoming the opportunity to see another, in a way, Bausch original.

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