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46bliss have another great video on their hands, created by Stephan Koplowitz using footage he shot with dancers in Viet Nam; this is one not to miss.
Infamous goofy dancer and world traveler Matt Harding, the man behind the "Where the Hell is Matt?" Web site, dances with fans in San Francisco's Alamo Square Wednesday evening during a stop on his latest video tour.
The choreography in this OK Go video settles the longstanding debate - indie rockers actually know how to dance.
"Why Dance?" is an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the world of dance. It examines what attracts so many to this wondrous art form, including young students, former ballerina?s, and current dancers. It explores why they dance and what drives them from their early introduction to the neighborhood dance studio to the stages of Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, a professional dance company in San Jose, California. The full-length documentary discusses the benefits of dance competitions, including substantial footage of one of many competitions and conventions held in many cities throughout the country every year. It includes interviews with various winners including Peter Chursin (Mr. Dance of America 2003) and Ashley Canterna (Miss Dance of America 2002). The rigorous training, stretching, and rehearsing is also shown, as many of these young people put everything they have into trying to impress the judges during a 2-minute dance routine. Parents discuss the benefits of both dance and competing with respect to the positive influence it has had on their children?s scholastic achievement and self confidence. Not only do ballerina?s (including former dancers with American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem) share their early experiences growing up in the world of dance, but we get insight from such notables as Dennis Nahat(world renown choreographer/ Artistic Director), Karen "KB" Brown (Artistic Director of the Oakland Ballet), and Daryl Gray(choreographer). Other contributors to the film include photographers Roger Ele, Hubert Worley, Christopher Jean-Richard, and world renown Martha Swope. It examines the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi which is held every four years where dancers from all over the world attend and compete for "The Gold". Dance as a career is discussed in numerous conversations with current professional dancers and former dancers with such notable dance companies as American Ballet Theatre, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Stuttgart Ballet. Advice is given freely and quite candid in format. The darker side of dance is also explored including injuries, eating disorders, and insecurities, issues that all dancers will face sooner or later. This film goes behind the scenes of a professional dance company?s production of "The Pirates of Penzance", a ballet staged by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. Behind the scenes footage includes actual choreography being set in the rehearsal hall as well as footage of the actual performance and extensive discussion by the choreographer, Daryl Gray. Included is a heart-warming "Billy Elliott" type story of a young boy who not only overcomes the objections of his father, but turns him into one of his biggest supporters at the same time. This film is not only an informative look at the world of dance, but often times an entertaining look as well.
A psychedelic exploration of West Dorset, crammed with Morris Dancers, Gothic Chicken and a spider. www.gothicchicken.me.uk
Paul McCartney earned three Grammy nominations for his critically acclaimed album, "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard." With nominations for Album Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for the album's first single "Fine Line," and Best Pop Vocal Album, (as well as a Producer Of The Year nod for Nigel Godrich) McCartney's "Chaos" stands as one of the most nominated albums of the year. "It's always great to be recognized for your work,? said McCartney, who recently completed his sold-out, 37-city, "US Tour" of America. "We're very proud of the album, the reception it's had and I?m chuffed for Nigel. It was a great album to make. And seeing as I've never actually won a Grammy for my post-Wings work, it's pretty exciting..." "Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard" is McCartney?s 20th studio recording since The Beatles. Upon its release, which marked the end to a nearly four year studio hiatus for McCartney, the recording was met with unprecedented universal critical praise. The comparisons to "Chaos," were made at the time, many pointing out similarities to "McCartney," as well as to the Beatles "White Album." "Chaos" was produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis and Beck) and was recorded in London and Los Angeles over the past two years.
Stop-motion animation, fire-eating belly dancers, and guys in blue bunny costumes make this one a cult classic.
'Vision of Students' video takes the Web by storm; shaking hands with a bionic hand; why you'll want a Chumby; a Web site to help you script that next blockbuster; and UnPlugFest, explained.
Para One is one of the leaders of the French new school. Known for his killer track "Dun Dun" (remixed from MSTRKRFT) and remixes of Agoria, Krazy Baldhead, Ellen Alien (with Tacteel) and Daft Punk, among others. His musics been played by a wide array of the dance floors elite from Feadz, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Modeselektor and Justice to Laurent Garnier, DJ/Rupture, Team Shadetek and Michael Mayer. "Dun Dun" is both the hardest, most ruthless and loveliest, most idyllic techno track in a long time. These tracks are tailor-made for the club, the dancefloor, the moment when the world dissolves into strobes, heat and sound, when the dancers move whether they like it or not, barely breathing machines operated by way of drugs, snares and synths.
Take a peek inside the 8th Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (also known as SF IndieFest). Join Download.com's Dave Kapoor as he speaks with festival programming director Bruce Fletcher.
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