The 3rd Port Townsend Dance Film Festival
UPDATE: Due to concerns about COVID-19, we have chosen to reschedule the Dance Film Festival for later in the year. We will keep you posted about dates when we have more information. If you have already purchased tickets or passes to this year's festival, contact us at (360) 385-1039 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a refund.
Individual tickets ($12) to all eleven programs will be available beginning Monday, March 2nd.
Series passes ($120), and discounted passes for Rose Theatre members ($100) will be available only at the box office, beginning the same day.
This year’s festival, curated by Rose Theatre owner Rocky Friedman, is almost exclusively a selection of films - short and feature-length - from the 2019 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In its tenth year, the SFDFF received a record number of submissions from 41 countries. From that nine-day event, Friedman has curated a three-day program, highlighting eight feature films and twenty-five short films – both documentary and narrative – from around the globe.
“Since the marriage of dance and film seems to be blossoming exponentially, the challenge isn’t finding enough films, but whittling it down to the best-of-the-best, and creating a dynamic program that juxtaposes dance styles, music, and story lines within the context of a film,” says Friedman. “This year’s programming was probably the most challenging I’ve ever contended with,” he adds. “Which is say, I’m even far more excited about this year’s program than the previous two festivals.”
The opening night film will be Queen + Bejart: Ballet for Life, which had its North American premiere in San Francisco. Ballet for Life was a unique collaboration between three huge cultural brands: Queen, Versace, and visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. At is heart is the loss of two legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and dancer Jorge Donn, both of who died of AIDS in the early 1990s. The closing night film will be the new release Cunningham, a breathtaking explosion of dance and music that traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades (1944-1972), to his eventual emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.
Between opening and closing night is a veritable garden of artistic expression and excellence in dance, from France, Hungary, Iran, India, Slovenia, Netherlands, Columbia, the U.K., U.S., Canada and Germany.
Asked if he had any personal favorites in the festival, Friedman said, “There are so many great ones, and they are all so different that it’s hard to choose. I will say that one of my favorite films is only 90 seconds long. I’ve probably watched it 15 times. And at only 90 seconds, that’s doable.”