Run Time: 59 mins

A medley of Australian and World Premiere short films guaranteed to excite your senses, put a smile on your face, have you tapping your feet and dancing in the aisles.

The Game (USA) – 4:30
World Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director – James Kinney, Pierre Marais

Choreographer – James A Kinney
Producer – Straighten Your Crown Productions

Cast
Yesenia Ayala, Jordan Betscher, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Garret Hawe, Dharon Jones, Alex Nordin, Arisa Odaka, Ryan VanDemBoom

Paying homage to classic film noir cinema, The Game brings together an unlikely cast of characters in a midnight game of cat and mouse. Set in a mysterious abandoned warehouse and told through a hybrid of jazz dance styles, alliances are forged, suspicions are raised, and from within the shadows, a player will ultimately take the prize.

River (Australia) – 2:30
World Premiere
Student Dance Film

Credits
Producer, Director & Choreographer – Seth Collier

Cast
Seth Collier, Montanna Norton

This dance film shows the struggles in the recovery process of mental illness. The beach and river locations represent the calm state of mind and the asylum is where the main character is ultimately losing his sanity. The many neon colours thrown throughout the video represents all the different emotions going on inside the person’s mind.

Spin (UK) – 6:49
Australian Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director & Choreographer – Luke Cresswell

Producer – Yes/No Productions
Camera – Fraser Morrison
Sound – Mike Roberts
Props – Peter Cresswell
Runner – Gary Ayles

Cast
Luke Cresswell, Jo Cresswell

A man contemplating his solitude is transcended to an extraordinary world filled with life and love through the simple rhythms of his everyday surroundings.

West Coast Desperados (USA) – 2:31
Australian Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director – Derek Hough

Choreographer – Kelsey McCowan
Concept – Kelsey McCowan
Assistant Choreography – Ryan Maw
Producer – Riveting Entertainment

Cast
Kelsey McCowan, Sarah Reich, Bella Silva, Valerie Rockey, Mila Spigolon, Lee Howard, Hunter Krikac, Ryan Maw, Ryan Chlanda, Shawn Kurilko, Isaiah Bowens

Directed by Emmy Award Winning Derek Hough and conceptualized/ choreographed by Kelsey McCowan. The West Coast Desperados, a gang comprised of 5 of the most dangerous outlaws, walk into a saloon. Upon their arrival, they are met with the town’s local delinquents. When a fight breaks out, the battle for the fastest feet in the west begins.

Here For Tap (Australia) – 6:54
World Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director & Choreographer – Reid Perry

Cinematographer & Editor – Claniel Le
First AC – Jeriel Flores

Cast
Reid Perry, Julian Bonser, Josh Wadley, Murray Cunynghame, Alexander Kermond, Michaella Mead, Georgia Shae Anderson, Bella Perry, Georgia Croft, Dein Perry

Here For Tap was an opportunity to put some of the great young up-and-coming tap dancers into a room together to see what inspires and develops, stripping back show performance and experimenting with offsetting rhythms with multiple sets of feet and putting the footwork at the forefront of the viewer.

Pit Stop (USA) – 3:31
Australian Premiere
Mobile Device Dance Film

Credits
Directors & Choreographers – Andy Noble, Dionne Noble

Cast
LaRodney Freeman, Wesley Cordova, Vincent Calleros

Three friends take a pit stop during a car trip and a comical dance ensues.

Bert The Turtles DOA (UK) – 8:21
World Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Creator, Choreographer & Director – Isla Hurst

Cinematographer & Editor – Sam Amos
Producer – 2Faced Dance Company
Composer – Kieran West
Costume – Carl Davies

Cast
Louis Parker-Evans, Will Hodson, Sam Buswell, John Robinson

From the early 50s until the end of the Cold War, American School children were introduced to an animated turtle, who charmingly taught them how to survive an atomic bomb. 4 dancers, equally charming, form this film, which quickly disintegrates into chaos as it becomes clear that poor old Bert was never very convincing at all.

Melancholy Man (USA) – 5:00
Australian Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director & Choreographer – James Kinney

Producer – James Kinney, Nicole LaFountaine
Cinematographer – Pierre Marais
Costumes/Wardrobe – Billy Hipkins

Cast
Ryan Steele

A young man settles into his solitude in a time of uncertainty. Acclaimed dancer and actor Ryan Steele stars in this independent dance short. Conceived, directed and choreographed by James Kinney. Director of photography – Pierre Marais.

Ghostly Labor (USA) – 13:12
Australian Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director – John Jota Leaños, Vanessa Sanchez

Choreographer – Vanessa Sanchez
Producer – Harry Gregory

“Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film” explores the history of labor in the US–Mexico borderlands through Tap Dance, Mexican Zapateado, Son Jarocho, Afro Caribbean movement, and live music. This work brings together polyrhythmic movement and an original score to look at the (ongoing) years of systemic exploitation of labor while highlighting the power and joy of collective resistance. Based on farmworker interviews in California, this excerpt honours the sacred hands that feed us and was filmed on a farm with support from Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS), a non-profit advocacy organization for farmworkers in Half Moon Bay, CA.

Anyone (USA) – 5:22
Australian Premiere
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director & Choreographer – James Kinney
Producer – James Kinney, Nicole LaFountaine

Cast
Ryan Steele, Yesenia Ayala, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Blake Zeleznikar, Caleb Marshall, Arisa Odaka, Michael Graceffa, Cajai Fellows, Connor Schwantes

Anyone tells the story of a young woman searching. Directed and choreographed by the talented James Kinney.