Films

female with hands behind head

ATENA/NETS

Rising stars in Ghana’s contemporary dance community, Julius Yaw Quansah and Sena Atsugah are enmeshed in the challenges of daily life. Casting a wide net they remake their world.

woman with nose ring in ochre shirt

CONQUEST and PRISON

Dance is a form of a visual poetry. The words of the dancers reverberate in the space between past and present in South Africa.

Maqoma Man

dancedance/RE⬥VOLUTION

dancedance/RE⬥VOLUTION is an introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in South Africa. Rooted in both tradition and the idioms of modern movement, this half-hour documentary introduces new audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multi-media physical theater.

Shirtless man with plastic bag over head

BODY/BAG

South African choreographer Gavin Krastin’s performance explores the limits and boundaries of movement while trapped in a transparent sheath. A solitary, vulnerable performer confronts the body’s desire to break free, while only breath escapes. His physical struggle to move is a portrait of resistance to stasis, stagnation, loss and futility.

man performing hand stand

BODY WITHOUT A BRAIN

Body Without a Brain is a high risk, physically demanding dance for camera. Filmed in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).

Padusi Man Performance

RASA DARI TARI/THE SOUL OF DANCE

The Soul of Dance is an introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in Indonesia. Rooted both in tradition and the idioms of modern movement this half hour documentary introduces audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multimedia musical theater.

People Dancing

QUEENS DREAM

Queens Dream is a site-specific dance for film at Niki de St. Phalle's Queen Califia's Magical Circle. Groups of dancers in black are reflected in the mirrors of the maze that guards the entrance to the site. Portholes and archways open to hidden worlds. Trance, ritual and repetition combine in a magical world invoking our unconscious dreams.

Male and female dancing together isolated by blurred background

TROLLEY DANCES

Trolley Dances brings dance to the streets and people to the dance using San Diego's Red Trolleys as the vehicle – literally.

Man holding microphone

POETRY LIVE(S)

New Voices. Fresh Visions. Spoken Word Poetry Today.

Green valley and mountains

ONE WORLD
Many Dreams

One World:  Many Dreams was commissioned by the Wang Foundation. The short video chronicles the experiences of American and Chinese college students teaching English in Yunnan Province.

People sitting on couch watching

TALKING PEACE

Talking Peace is a documentary about Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue in San Diego. Talking Peace is rooted in a process of getting to know distinct individuals and the telling details of their history and experience.

Sun setting over sandy coastline

LINES IN THE SAND

Artist Kirk Van Allyn uses the beach as his canvas. He creates a labyrinth, painting with the elements, sand, surf and light.

text imposed over hanging western hat

FAMILIES AND FLOWERS

For three-quarters of a century people have come to Encinitas to grow flowers, market blooms and raise families. This is a story of immigrants and entrepreneurs; a story of continuity and change; of self-sufficiency and adaptability.

Man selling newspapers in traffic

EDMUND'S ISLAND

Edmund's Island is a portrait of an "angel" working as an Encinitas, California news-hawker.

Million Mom March sign

ONE IN A MILLION

One in a Million is the story of a mom's journey from the shock and grief of losing her son to gun violence to taking action and making a difference.

Indigenous women weaving

WEAVING THE FUTURE

Weaving the Future is a portrait of the Otavalos---an indigenous community living in the Andean highlands of northern Ecuador.

wood cart in front of adobe structure

DOWN TO EARTH
Adobe in New Mexico

Adobe is not just a building material. DOWN TO EARTH explores the relationship between the built environment of New Mexico and the continuity of cultural tradition. There is more to Santa Fe style than first meets the eye.

Gauchos in group seated

THE YIDISHE GAUCHOS

The Yidishe Gauchos is the story of Jewish cowboys,ranchers and farmers on the Argentine pampas.

Marchers on city street

NUCLEAR NEWSREEL

Nuclear Newsreel is a record of an international day of protest organized by the Nuclear Freeze movement.

View up through Redwood trees

MAD RIVER
Hard Times in Humboldt County

Plant Closures. Environmental Pressure. MAD RIVER is a portrait of a rural community facing environmental and economic disaster.

People's Wall

Peoples Wall is a 22 minute documentary about the mural "Our History is No Mystery," which was created in 1976. It was on the wall of John Adams Community College at Masonic and Hayes in San Francisco, CA.