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An award-winning documentary telling the unlikely story of what happens when New York's legendary Mark Morris Dance Group joins forces with people with Parkinson's disease to stage a unique performance. CAPTURING GRACE is a story about the power of art and the enduring strength of the human spirit. Focusing on…
Positive Motion
This powerful documentary follows a unique HIV/AIDS dance group in San Francisco led by pioneering dancer Anna Halprin. It shows a group of men with AIDS or HIV-infection using their condition as a resource for creative expression. The video is a collage of seven months of the group's emotionally-charged workshops,…
Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow
Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance in Never Stand Still. Filmed at the iconic Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, this thrilling documentary features amazing…
When the Fall Comes - Love, Art, Dance and Death
As it interweaves vivid imagery of San Francisco, Argentine tango and poignant interviews, "When the Fall Comes" chronicles how one woman moves through grief by using dance, poetry and a performance piece to illustrate her healing process. First time producer Adriana Marchione brings a stunning portrait of her personal story…
Returning Home
The body is our home, as is the larger body of the earth. When these two bodies move in harmony, a dance unfolds. Both are made whole. RETURNING HOME is a breathtaking and groundbreaking dance documentary in which 80-something Anna Halprin, pioneer of postmodern dance, uses movement as a means…
Bart Cook: Choreographer
Bart Cook became a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet in 1979. He worked extensively with Jerome Robbins, Associate Artistic Director of NYCB and prolific choreographer. Bart originated and performed soloist roles in The Cage, Glass Pieces, I'm Old Fashioned, Dances at a Gathering, The Concert and Opus 19.…
Flickers
A zany spoof of silent movie conventions and cliches choreographed in 1941 by Charles Weidman, the performance was directed by Weidman and filmed at the American Dance Festival in 1972. The first film on this tape is an edited version with close-ups and the second is a record version of…
With My Red Fires
Doris Humphrey's dance-drama of possessive and vindictive maternal love in a harshly ritualistic and demagogic society. The cast is led by Dalienne Majors, Nina Watt, and Raymond Johnson. Filmed at the American Dance Festival in 1972, the first film is an edited version with close-ups and the second is a…
New Dance
Doris Humphrey's modern dance classic of affirmation was choreographed in 1935 and features Linda Tarney and Peter Woodin. Filmed at the American Dance Festival in 1972, the first film is an edited version with close-ups and the second is a record version of the same performance showing the entire stage.…
Discovering Gene Kelly
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
His dance routine to the title song in Singin' in the Rain is one of the most iconic in Hollywood history. Gene Kelly's career was powered by his infectious charisma and gift for turning anything into his dance partner - from a mop in For Me And My Girl, to…
Generation A - Portraits of Autism and the Arts
This fim is a powerful depiction of the daily challenges faced by young people on the autism spectrum, and what creative therapies and art programs are available to stimulate the brain and help young people on the autism spectrum reach their highest potential. Through eight compelling portraits, GENERATION A celebrates…
The Poetry Lounge - Understanding the Power of the Spoken Word
The Poetry Lounge: Self-Expression Through The Spoken Word is a free, multicultural open-forum for self-expression, inspiring young people to find their own voice and let it be heard. Hosted by award-winning Def Poets Shihan and Poetri, the "Lounge" has become the largest weekly open mic forum in the country, and…