Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock MuseumEach fall, we present a variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world. The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is also host to a film competition for aspiring dance filmmakers.

We believe our festival exemplifies our commitment to promoting and expanding the role of dance in our community. As we strive to present stellar performances on our stages, we recognize the vast potential for the choreographic to infuse the cinematic.

The 2017 Flatlands Dance Film Festival will be September 1–2, 2017, at the Spurlock Museum. Both screenings are at 7:00 p.m.

September 1: Bronx Gothic

Bronx Gothic is a portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili as she stages a final tour for her one-woman show, Bronx Gothic.

The New York Times called it "a mesmerizing and sometimes harrowing solo piece," inspired by the performer's Bronx childhood in the early 1980s: "Okpokwasili unveils, via crumpled pages of classroom notes, singing, movement and direct address, her semi-autobiographical tale of the Gordian knot between two 11-year-old girls . . . [laying] bare the love, trust, rivalry and rage between girls as they sexually awaken."

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Bronx Gothic is co-sponsored by Krannert Art Museum, the Department of African American Studies Jerry Carden, and Tim Temple. 

September 2: Short films competition program

This year we received over 350 films from 50 countries! Below are films selected for the 2017 short films competition program.

Adjudicators: Fran Ansel, Scott Dossett, Michael Lambert

Exquisite Corps (USA), The Glasshouse (England), From Dirt (Curacao), COLD (Germany), Send Me a Bigger Butter (Germany), Contiguity (Finland), MAGO (Republic of Korea), Aquarius (Russian Federation), Shaping Scars (United Kingdom), Stopgap in Stop Motion (United Kingdom), Platform 13 (Belgium/Netherlands)

Tickets for the Flatlands Dance Film Festival are $10/general and $5/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for our mailing list, contact Rebecca A. Ferrell at rferrel@illinois.edu

The Flatlands Dance Film Festival would not be possible without the support from corporate and individual donors. We'd like to thank the Department of African American Studies, Dixon Graphics, Krannert Art Museum, Miga, the UP Center, Ella Van Wyk and Christopher Kienkle for their support of the 2017 festival.