Rapt Productions was given the opportunity to document the Co-Laboratory, presented by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
3 choreographers, 3 filmmakers, and composers were paired up to collaborate on creating 3 short dance films in a compressed amount of time. This one-week experimental, intensive process challenges these artists to work together and explore the many possibilities of expression outside their fields in hopes of inspiring future creative relationships with other artists.
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program has been very kind in allowing these artists to use their space for their creative outlet.
Amy Seiwert, John Haptas, and Kris Samuelson
Amy Seiwert, the Artistic Director and primary choreographer of Imagery, collaborates with artists of other disciplines and commits to experimental work from a classical base. She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, one of the “Hot 20 under 40” by 7×7, and was honored with a “Goldie” award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’ll be working with John Haptas and Kris Samuelson who have been making documentary essays for over 25 years. Kris has also taught in the Stanford Documentary Film and Video MA/MFA program for three decades and John works as a freelance documentary editor.
Yaelisa and John Korty
During the last twelve years, Yaelisa has spent extensive periods of time living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. Her choreography has been commissioned by several modern dance companies, including John Malashock & Company, Rose Polsky and Collage Dance Theatre. She is pairing up with John Korty who has over forty years of experience making animations, documentaries, and dramatic films. He has also won one Oscar and two national Emmy awards; major credits as writer, producer, director and director of photography.
KT Nelson and Chris Mason Johnson
KT Nelson, ODC/Dance Co-Artistic Director, danced with ODC for 22 years. She has choreographed over 60 works, and has been awarded the Isadora Duncan award three times: in 1987 for Outstanding Performance, in 1996 for Outstanding Choreography, and in 2001 for Sustained Achievement. Nelson will be working with Chris Mason Johnson, who has worked as Head of Development at Open City Films and taught screenwriting and/or film production at Rutgers University and Amherst College. Chris’s next project as writer/director, Test, is set in the San Francisco dance world of 1985, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and received grants from the Horizons Foundation and San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
These three films will be screened during closing night Sunday, September 15th at The Delancey Screening Room in San Francisco.
Well Contested Sites will also be screened that night!
Don’t miss out! Come join us and get your tickets today!
For more information check out San Francisco Film Festival’s Blog!