Due to concerns regarding the huge surge in cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Dance Camera West has postponed its 2022 film Festival. The festival which was made possible through the partnership of DCW Artistic and Executive Director Kelly Hargraves, and Director of Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Pierre Leloup, will now take place March 31 – April 2, 2022 at the beautiful Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz in West Los Angeles and March 27 – 28, 2022 at 2220 Arts & Archives (formerly known as Bootleg Theater) in downtown Los Angeles.
DCW2022 marks the 20th anniversary for this renowned dance film festival and everyone at DCW is excited to be offering IN-PERSON screenings following this seemingly endless era of COVID. As in the past, DCW2022 will be premiering the top films selected from over a record number of 400 national and international film submissions. This year’s films, occurring at 11 distinct programs, will screen the top 75 films highlighting experimental shorts, animation, and feature documentaries representing over 40 countries from Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Pierre Leloup was designated as director of Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz by the President and Founder of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, Raymond Kabbaz, where this intimate theater is located. Recently Leloup has partnered with the Los Angeles Dance Festival, produced by Deborah Brockus, and 2022 will mark the second year he has coordinated with DCW to screen international dance films. Leloup has definitely had an increasing role in supporting dance in Los Angeles as well as presenting several on tour international dance companies at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz.
There is an outstanding number of U.S. and California-based artists represented this year at DCW2022 and many of them will attend the festival. Those include Kitty McNamee, Nathan Hirshcaut, Gabriel Diamond, Stu Paul, Inksap, Linda Lack, and Whim W’him (Madison Olandt / Mike Tyrus).
Another exciting piece of information to announce is that DCW2022 was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help finance a mentorship program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. A committee was organized by DCW to specifically select films created during Los Angeles-based dance festivals which were forced to go online due to COVID.
“The goal is to identify films that have the potential for a strong cinematic impact on the choreography, and to strengthen the “production value,” by partnering them with experienced, skilled dance filmmakers who act as mentors.” Says Hargraves. “DCW acts as a producer on the project paying each artist and mentor an artist fee and production costs and leaves all artistic decisions up to the teams selected. The 2021-22 Mentors are Roma Flowers, Robin Gee, Yolanda Guadarrama and Cara Hagan.”
New Dates for the DCW2022 Film Festival
Dance Camera West @Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz
10361 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA. 90064
Tickets: $15 for each night or $30 for all three nights
3 NIGHTS OF SHORTS:
March 31 – APRIL 2
For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
TICKETS ARE $15 FOR EACH NIGHT OR $30 FOR ALL THREE NIGHTS.
Dance Camera West @ 2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
MARCH 27 – 28
EVENINGS OF SHORTS /SPECIAL PRESENTATION/DAY OF DOCS | NIGHT OF DCW COMMISSIONED FILMS
TICKETS ARE $15 FOR EACH SCREENING OR $75 FOR ALL THREE DAYS.
For more information, click HERE.
To purchase $100 DCW2022 Fest Pass Valid for all screenings at both venues, click HERE.
By Jeff Slayton
Featured image: Interitus Still Life – Photo courtesy of DCW2022