Calendar: ScreenDance Miami Festival 2019

Event Description

Join PAMM and Miami Light Project for the sixth year of ScreenDance Miami. Awarded Best Festival in Miami New Times, ScreenDance Miami highlights choreographers and directors who are working with emerging and new concepts in regard to movement and dance on film and dance on camera.

The festival has been created to support professionals in this field and to support the development of dance created for the camera. Moving into its sixth year, the festival will continue under direction by Pioneer Winter. With many skill-developing workshops, panel discussions, and screenings happening throughout Miami and Miami Beach, PAMM will host the festival's Florida Focus and Open Call and Invited Selections: Third Horizon & Moving Body-Moving Image Film Festivals portions of the festival.

ScreenDance Miami 2019 - Trailer from Miami Light Project on Vimeo.

12pm | Florida Focus and Open Call Program

Cygnus (2018), Florida Premiere 
Dir. Cara Hagan and Robert Uehlin Chor. Cara Hagan
Synopsis: Filmed on location on Battle Lake, MN. Cygnus invites us to revel in the beauty of the sunrise over calm waters, as the moon slips behind the horizon.
Boone, NC, 6m 14s

All of Her (2018), Florida Premiere
Dir. Rami Shafi Chor. Thryn Saxon
Synopsis: Relationships, responsibility and tenderness in the realm of womanhood. It is that moment when you realize your heroes, the infallible angels in your life, are broken too. It is about being able to accept all of her and all of you.
New York City, NY, 6m 25s

La Novia (2018), World Premiere
Dir. and Chor. Kassi Abreu
Synopsis: At the entrada de nuestra pueblo, Isabela, Puerto Rico, legend of La Novia—the ghostly figure of a woman that appears at night, seemingly helpless on the dark road and mourning her deceased lover. Men cannot resist succumbing to her.
Delray Beach, FL, 3m 32s

Look Out (2018), Florida Premiere
Dir. and Chor. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer
Synopsis: A voyage across a rooftop, through a parking lot, and construction site. Filmed entirely by drone camera and shot on location during LUMBERYARD UnderConstruction Summer Festival 2018.
New York City, NY, 5m 35s

Glamour Baby (2018), Florida Premiere
Dir. Jacobi Alvarez Chor. Hillary Aarons
Synopsis: Quotidian rituals of self-care are exaggerated to the point of absurdity. Chicago, IL, 6m 10s

Searching (2018) Dir. Randy Valdes
Chor. Meredith Barton and Abel Berenguer Synopsis: A search for identity.
Miami, FL, 4m 4

Pisadas y Manzanillas (2018), World Premiere
Dir. Roxana Barba
Chor. Aneli Perdomo Prieto
Synopsis: Filmed in the streets of El Vedado, Havana-Cuba, Pisadas y Manzanillas (Footsteps and Chamomile) is an intimate embodiment of a young woman's relationship to place. A corner conversation and an afternoon walk bring about feelings of weightlessness, deep connection, and desire with intensifying familiarity.
Miami, FL, 5m 52s

The Return (2018)
Dir. Liudmila Komrakova
Chor. Anton Popichenko and Maria Marinova-Vasilieva
Synopsis: While waiting for his wife to come home, a returning soldier looks through their belongings and thinks about their happy past. But something has changed.
Saint Petersburg, Russia, 8m 50s

Hurricane (2017) 
Dir. Carla Forte
Synopsis: An experimental video that aims to take every individual to the 'eye' of the self. Miami, FL, 5m 35s

Chrysalis (2018), Florida Premiere
Dir. Nicole Klaymoon and Morgan Wise
Chor. Nicole Klaymoon, Micah 'Just Jamz' Abbrey, Tigre Bailando
Synopsis: Explores the urgency of transforming pain through poetry and dance. What must we endure to break through and fly?
San Francisco, CA, 5m

Total Length of Program: 57 min

Screening followed by Q&A with ScreenDance Miami director Pioneer Winter, Moving Body-Moving Image director Gabri Christa, local filmmakers, and audience.


2pm | Invited Selections: Third Horizon & Moving Body-Moving Image Film Festivals Program

This Black (2017)
Dir. Cameron Thompkins
Chor. Cameron Thompkins and Shoey Sun
Synopsis: Rooted in the physical and psychological struggles that come from not being able to safely express the range of human emotion without triggering a stereotype. The film explores expectations of violence from both outside and within, as well as the limitations of mainstream black masculinity.

In the Castle of My Skin (2015) 
Dir. Lebogang Rasethaba
Chor. Jarrel Mathebula
Synopsis: A group of South African Pantsula dancers are directed by Sons of Kemet.

He Who Dances on Wood (2017) 
Dir. Jessica Beshir
Synopsis: Every day Fred Nelson carries a weathered board into Prospect Park. He places it on the ground in a tunnel beneath a pedestrian bridge, laces up his tap shoes and begins to dance. He Who Dances on Wood depicts the simple grace of Fred's late-in-life passion for dance as the embodiment of a lifetime of spiritual growth and captures the hard-won wisdom that directs his every step.

Dir. Tobi Aremu
Chor. Dionna PridGeon
Synopsis: Two men engage in a poetic, abstract, and physical exploration of black masculinity through contemporary dance and archival audio.

Elephant (2017) 
Dir. Connie Chavez Chor. Keomi Tarver
The is a film adaption of a poem written by Nuyorican poet Elisabet Velasquez, performed by dancer and choreographer Keomi Tarver, body paint by Alicia Cobb, and produced by Wendy Angulo.

Synopsis: Elephant is a dance on film produced entirely by women of color against street harassment, and it is the collective effort of a group of interdisciplinary artists from New York City, who came together to highlight the importance of looking at street harassment from a lens of reclamation of power.

Hell You Talmbout (2016)
Dir. Tyler Rabinowitz, Denzel Boyd, and Joseph Webb Chor. Shakiah Danielson
Synopsis: North Western Tap from Seattle declares through tap that the list of lives lost to police brutality end today. Over ten years ago, Melba Ayco founded Northwest Tap Connection, a social justice oriented dance studio intentionally placed in the most dangerous part of Seattle so that it could serve as a hub and refuge for youth in the area. In the wake of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the film directors came across a Facebook Live video of the students of Northwest Tap dancing in the streets in protest. With the support of the National YoungArts Transformations film project, they traveled across the country to place the voice of Northwest Tap on a cinematic platform.

Total Length of Program: 33 min

Screening followed by Q&A with Moving Body-Moving Image director Gabri Christa, Third Horizon director Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, and audience.


Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental projects by democratizing performance through unexpected bodies, unexpected places, and unexpected social change. Through his Collective, Winter also directs/produces several programs, including Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance (LEAP), for LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies that focuses on using the arts for activism and social change; and the Grass Stains fellowship, a site-specific performance initiative that mentors and commissions artists interested in creating site-based and public artwork in Miami through a close collaboration with acclaimed site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.

In 2016, he was appointed director of Tigertail Production's ScreenDance Miami Festival and has continued as director with its transition to Miami Light Project's programming. His own films works have been screened at festivals internationally, most recently in the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, LA Dance Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, Miami Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Corvallis Queer Film Festival, Tiny Dance Film Festival, Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes y Arte sobre Enfermedades in Valencia, Spain, and American Dance Festival's Movies by Movers.

A Horatio Alger Scholar, he is an alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College, and holds a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. Winter completed a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist to be named a Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholar. He was a Dance Miami Choreographic Program recipient (2014-2015) and Miami Goes Elsewhere Fellowship recipient (2016), and is a fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department. He was also awarded a commission and residency for the inaugural 2017-2018 season of the MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance.