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A dancefilm project by Sarah Friedland and Art Factory International
118 backers pledged $13,359 to help bring this project to life.

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**WE HAVE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOAL BUT NEED AN ADDITIONAL $3K TO AFFORD A CRANE AND MAKE THE BEST VERSION OF CROWDS POSSIBLE! HELP US REACH 15K!**

 Unfortunately we have learned we won't be able to access the rooftop/balcony for the building next to the piazza we are shooting in and therefore need to rent a CRANE, which is EXPENSIVE.
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With an additional $5,000 we can:

  • rent a crane to get a bird’s eye view of the dance 
  • hire a steadicam operator who can move among the dancers 
  • rent a wireless field monitor to better watch takes on set 
  • bring PA’s on board who can help make everything run smoothly and on time 
  • hire an all-star colorist to bring out those sweet colors and tones

With an additional $10,000 we would ALSO be able to: 

  • bring on a designer/tech support to help us prepare the installation 
  • create an installation mockup/test to hone the design of the installation 
  • afford a DCP and festival submission costs 
  • create print materials for the installation and distribution phase of this project 
  • support the creative team during the install and distribution phase of this project (approx. 1 year!)

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Crowds is a multichannel dancefilm installation investigating the politicized choreography of crowd typologies and the slippages between them.

Focusing on the choreographic nature of crowd behavior—its collective formations, movements, and gestures—crowds will use dance to interrogate the distinctions we make between types of human groupings and to critique the relationship between states, ideologies, and bodies. 

an Art Factory International Production 

Directed and Choreographed by Sarah Friedland 

Featuring the 25 dancers of Art Factory International VIII 

Produced by Brighid Greene 

Executive Produced by Brigel Gjoka and Mattia Gandini 

With the support of the Bologna Film Commission

 How do we distinguish between . . . 

                the mob and the mosh pit

                the riot and the protest

                the refugee and the citizen

 The crowd is always teetering between . . . 

                the ecstasy of inclusion & the agony of exclusion

                the oppression of control and power & the liberties of freedom. 

research notes
research notes

The 25 dancers of AFI will fluctuate between different types of crowds. Much like a flock of murmurating birds, the thresholds between these crowd types will be blurred and distorted: the rocking of bodies in prayer slipping into the shaking of raving dancers, the training exercises of sports teams sliding into the structured formations of fascist spectacles. 

 

CROWDS rehearsal photos
CROWDS rehearsal photos

The dance will be situated and shot within a piazza in Bologna

our location: Piazza Renzo Imbeni, Bologna
our location: Piazza Renzo Imbeni, Bologna

Nella piazza, everything from public executions to political protests to religious festivities have played out. 

list of crowd types incorporated in dance
list of crowd types incorporated in dance

The dance will be shot for 5 video channels, each from a different viewpoint that we typically associate with our visions of the crowd, such as the bird's eye view and the face in the crowd. Each viewpoint will bring the viewer progressively more immersed within the crowd.

The video screens will be oriented within the exhibition space to control the viewers’ locomotion while allowing them the freedom to choose when to move to a different viewpoint. Emulating crowd control designs meant to transform a crowd into a queue through line stanchions, the installation will use the placement of each channel’s projection to achieve the same choreographing effect. 

installation design render
installation design render

We are currently in conversation with art and gallery spaces, film and dance festivals, to find the right installation homes for CROWDS. 

 

Work-in-Progress Performance, photos by Zakir Sheran Baloch
Work-in-Progress Performance, photos by Zakir Sheran Baloch

TIMELINE 

After 2 months of rehearsals, we did a work-in-progress performance of CROWDS at Art Factory International in Bologna, Italy on December 17th, 2017. 

  • March 31, April 1 and April 2: 3 shoot days 
  • April-June 2018: Post-Production 
  • Summer 2018-2019: Installation/Exhibition of CROWDS

BUDGET/FUNDS ALLOCATION 

 

The money raised on kickstarter will go to: 

  • equipment rentals 
  • crew hires
  • feeding cast & crew
  • post-production costs

We need at least $10,000 dollars to make CROWDS production happen, but with an additional $5,000 we would be able to make the BEST version of CROWDS.

 TEAM

Sarah and AFI dancers in rehearsal
Sarah and AFI dancers in rehearsal
 

Sarah Friedland (director/choreographer) is a filmmaker and choreographer who works at the intersection of moving images and moving bodies. Her narrative shorts and experimental dance films have screened in festivals including the New Orleans Film Festival, Cucalorus, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, at dozens of screendance festivals internationally and have been featured on PBS' Channel Thirteen and on Vimeo as a "Music Video We Love." Her choreography has been presented in dance spaces across NYC including Dixon Place, Martha Graham Studio, Triskelion Arts, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Her work has been supported by grants and residencies including the Dance Films Association, The Bellwether, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts/NEA, and Berlinale Talents. Sarah graduated from Brown University's department of Modern Culture and Media and started her career assisting filmmakers including Steve McQueen, Mike S. Ryan, Kelly Reichardt, and the team behind HBO's GIRLS. She has worked on collaborative research and writing projects with media theorists Wendy Chun on slut-shaming and new media leaks, with Erin Brannigan on the dancing body in film, and most recently published an essay in the International Journal of Screendance on gesture and film genre. www.motionandpictures.com

Brighid Greene (producer), makes and supports work that fearlessly leans into fantasy as a performer, producer, film programmer, and filmmaker. She watches films for the Tribeca Film Festival and Cucalorus Festival, is a producer of Yara Travieso’s La Medea, works with filmmaker Lily Baldwin, and teaches Super 8 classes for Mono No Aware. For six years she worked with Dance Films Association as a lead producer of the Dance on Camera Festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She was a long time cast member in Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects, and with them developed movement for Wolves in the Wall VR experience which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She has also choreographed for films like Josephine Decker's Madeline's Madeline which also premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She makes experimental films and performance under the moniker Tectonic Tonia. www.brighidkgreene.com

Art Factory International is an international dance training program based in Bologna, Italy. Led by Artistic Director, Brigel Gjoka, and Executive Director, Mattia Gandini, AFI invites 25 contemporary dancers from around the world for eight months of knowledge-intensive training in different disciplines. The VIII edition of Art Factory International will create a “platform,” a place where dance gathers different styles and promotes meetings and partnerships with international artists. www.artfactory-international.com

Bologna Film Commission provides concrete support for film and audiovisual productions which use locations around the city of Bologna and its surrounding province: this is the Bologna Film Commission’s raison d’être. The Commission ensures efficient reception and logistical services, supported by the experience guaranteed by the Cineteca, with its vast film and photo archives. http://www.cinetecadibologna.it/centro_sviluppo/filmcommission

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

In filmmaking, things always go wrong. From bad weather to changing light, unannounced pedestrians to next door construction, unanticipated challenges always arise in this biz. We believe in a filmmaking approach that is flexible and responsive to our shooting environment so these curveballs won't be roadblocks. This is why we have assembled an all-star team to make this project happen. With these marvelous humans on board we know we can rise to the challenge of any unanticipated obstacle!

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