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A three week festival presenting 45 works of film and 15 talks + performances in an environment inspired by 1920s film clubs. Read more

Chicago, IL Dance
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A three week festival presenting 45 works of film and 15 talks + performances in an environment inspired by 1920s film clubs.

Chicago, IL Dance
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30 free admission events, 25 performing artists, 45 filmmakers, 2 1/2 years of planning, 285 visitors to date: 100% supported by individual donors like you.

I'm Sarah Best, a Chicago-based artist and film curator, and I'm opening the studio doors as an artist in residence at Hyde Park Art Center, March 4-25, to create a salon-style environment evoking the kinos or private avant garde art clubs of the 1920s in Soviet Russia. 

My residency project, titled Dance Films Kino, is a three-week free admission festival presenting screenings of 20 works of dance on film, 20 films by emerging artists, and 15 live performances, additional film screenings, and talks. You'll be able to perch at a cabaret table and watch films by candlelight. 

My goal is to make the experience of watching film and of art viewing in general to be more accessible to people who might be intimidated by traditional film festivals. 

Learn more at http://www.dancefilmskino.com or get updates through Facebook andTwitter.

Thank you to the following organizations for adding us to their curated Kickstarter pages:

Threadless: http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/threadless
Gapers Block:http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/gapersblock
Dance Films Association:http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/dfa

All funds raised will go directly toward paying for film licensing fees and costs associated with building out the space. 

A donation of $5 or more, helps to keep the festival free to everyone.

A donation of $12-25 pays for one of the interactive objects or cabaret tables in the space, or keeps us in candles for a week (all shows are lit by candles and vintage lightbulbs that create a soft glow in the space and encourages people to ask questions in between films)

A donation of $60-150 pays the film licensing fee for one of the 20 curated films we'll be showing.

Thank you for your support! 

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    A Pin Means You’re In: Get a Dance Films Kino 1-INCH BUTTON by Busy Beaver, and a thank you on our website!

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    Hootch and Hotsy-Totsy: Get an invitation to an exclusive UNDERGROUND KINO PARTY featuring complimentary small bites, films, a live performance and cash bar, in the unique and intimate setting of TEMPLE Gallery in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, plus all of the above!

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    KINO OBJECT: Claim a vintage copper relief printing plate from Russia, currently in the kino, which resonates with the theme of the Women & Men curated program. Preview here: http://pinterest.com/pin/120119515031078713/

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    KINO OBJECT: Your reward is a vintage copper printing relief plate depicting The First Russian sailing Ship “Orel” (the “Eagle”), which was built in 1668. Preview here: http://pinterest.com/pin/120119515031078716/

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    Now You’re On the Trolley! : Get your choice of Dance Films Kino artifacts! DFK artifacts imagine what it would be like to be a member of an historic underground film society. Choices include a portrait of a kinoist by Audrey Scholfner, an original short story by Rom Kim, a hand-embroidered scarf by Sarah Best, a kino-themed art book by Stephanie Acosta, a CD of a kino-themed sound installation by NoOneisAnywhere, a digital print of the DFK manifesto, or a kino membership card designed by Jon Damaschke, customized with your name. Plus, get an invitation to Hootch and Hotsy-Totsy, the button and a thank you!

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    ORIGINAL ART: An archival inkjet print by Sarah Best. http://www.sarahbest.net

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    Kino Dames and Daddies: At Dance Films Kino, we introduce our films with toasts instead of dry, academic film introductions. In thanks for your donation, we will write a CUSTOM TOAST about you and read it at one of our March screenings, or at the Underground Kino Party in April. Plus, get an invitation to Hootch and Hotsy-Totsy, the button and a thank you!

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    PILATES: Enjoy a private Pilates with Props session in your home with Stott Pilates instructor Jennifer Thornton. $95 value. *This reward can only be redeemed in Chicago

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    RELAX: With a pledge of $60 or more get a 90 minute massage with Liana C. Percoco, LMT of Momentum Massage Arts, $120 value *This reward is valid for six months and only redeemable in Chicago.

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    All Dolled Up: With this bundle, you get a custom toast AND your choice of DFK artifacts! Plus, get an invitation to Hootch and Hotsy-Totsy, the button and a thank you!

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    Hard Boiled: After visiting Dance Films Kino at Hyde Park Art Center, March 4-25, enjoy a one-year Family Level Membership to the Art Center, featuring invitations to special events, lower-priced adult and youth classes, as well as perks at local businesses like Powell's Bookstore, Utrect Art Supplies, Court Theater and Istria Cafe. Plus, get the limited edition hand-silkscreened DFK t-shirt, the custom toast, your choice of a DFK artifact, an invitation to Hootch and Hotsy-Totsy, the button and a thank you!

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    KINO OBJECT: Buy a vintage bakelite phone from Russia that adorns the Kino space. According to the Russian woman I bought it from, many Soviet leaders had these in their offices. Circa 1968. Preview here: http://pinterest.com/pin/120119515031137659/

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    Giggle Water and Speakeasys: We'll treat you to a few drinks at the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle restaurant and bar in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, where you can sample concoctions from their extensive libations program, enjoy their unparalleled whiskey selection, or grab a bite to eat. Plus, get everything in the "Hard Boiled" packaged!

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    ORIGINAL ART: Limited edition 40 x 30 inch museum-mounted and archivally framed photograph by Sarah Best, Self Portrait (2010), which is currently hanging in the Kino. Preview here: http://www.sarahbest.net/?page_id=4

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