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Dance On Film: ScreenDance Miami Festival

Wallcast Showing Friday Night Is Big Event


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Michelle F. Solomon

This year's ScreenDance Miami Festival, presented by Miami Light Project, will feature two dozen films, which will be shown over four days at either The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse or Perez Art Museum Miami, from Wednesday, Jan. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 19.

In addition to the movie showings, there are two workshops on Wednesday at the Light Box for artists who create dance on camera, with hands-on experiments for participants to learn how to design film composition and another that focuses on ways to add dimensionality to a screendance project. In the evening, The Light Box will show an hour of student screendance submissions.

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And, for the first time in its six years, the ScreenDance Miami Festival will feature a film shown at New World's Wallcast. Free and larger than life. 

The festival's opening night celebration is on Thursday, which features New York-based, Celia Rowlson-Hall's one hour and twenty minute "MA." The film, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Venice Film Festival stars Rowlson-Hall as woman discovering her inner self through a trek across the American Southwest. The story is told entirely through movement, and has shown at forty festivals throughout the world. One critic for the online film site Indiewire described "MA" as a "silent film that is anything but quiet."


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"MA" shares the night with "Spieglein, Spieglein" by Austrian-born, Miami- based artist Maria Theresa Barbist, which makes its world premiere at "Screendance" and "Thuis, Home, Heimant," from Dutch photographer Milhoushka Bokma, which will make its United States premiere at the festival.

The 2018 documentary "If The Dancer Dances" will be shown on the 7,000 square foot projection wall at the New World Center on Friday night. It follows a group of New York City's top modern dancers as they create a work by American modern dance master, the late Merce Cunningham, as part of the centennial celebration of his birth.


ScreenDance Miami Festival 2019, Wednesday, Jan. 16, through Saturday, January 19, at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami;

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 N.W. 26th St., Miami;

Wallcast at Soundscape Park, 400 17th St., Miami Beach.

Free admission to Wallcast, free admission to PAMM events with museum admission, or $10 to LightBox showings. Call 305-576-4350, or visit miamilightproject.com or dwntwnarts.com.

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