2023 SHORT STACK FILMS
Better Without You
Director: Patriac Coakley & Cole Orloff
Cinematographer: Philip Campbell Camera
Assist: Brandon Shade
Editor: Ben Nissan
Choreography: Danielle Gilmore in collaboration with dancers
Performers: Cheryl Cornacchione, Danielle Gilmore and Michael O’Neil
Better Without You is a dark, gritty, raw story of the emotional human connection; past relationships, A break up, job loss the feeling of being empty, enough and complete. Original score by Hitchens.
Choreographer: Dani Oblitas
Performer: Dani Oblitas
Cinematographer/Director: Keen Zarate
Blended is a movement expression of trying to find a sense of peace in the midst of chaos.
Blue Moon Love
Denita Inez of Desueño Dance
Julia Marie of Desueño Dance
I’ve always been enamored with the moon. It controls the ebb and tides of the seas as a master of movement. If only I could capture its light and strength. But alas, I am but another being ebbing and flowing under its lunar strings.
Catch up to Yourself
Kate Ziebart - Performer, Editor
A one minute dance turned into a one minute duet with self. Finding ways to float, fly, fall, and freeze in the summer of separation. A moment to catch up with my body and mind.
for life and for joy and for love, sweet love
Director choreographer and camera 1: Jason Brickman
Camera 2: Jon Krejci
Performers: MB Cornejo, Anna Creech, Lanie Riese
Inspired by the music of choral composer David Conte, this short film, shot in downtown Urbana, IL, seeks to capture the wonder and joy of open-hearted, joyful praise in face of our mortal death. The film has no sound so as to heighten the audiences awareness of the kinaesthetic emotions contained in the visual frame.
Performer/Choreographer/Editor/Musical Score: Lydia Feuerhelm-Chiu Camera work: Sandra Hickman
Special thanks to Orange Grove Dance + Sweet Briar College
What happens when we unexpectedly find ourselves somewhere new? When the same routine we've been going through lands us in unfamiliar territory? 'Portal' explores how one small moment can create seismic shifts and how one adapts amidst the uncertainty.
Director/Choreographer/Performer: Joanna Meccia
Cinematographer: Nick Meccia
Reveling in a feeling of freedom and catharsis, a woman walking through her neighborhood at night treats the streetlight as her spotlight and takes a moment to dance in the rain.
Directed and filmed by Derrick "Chui" Gichaba
Starring David Stalter JR "The Crown"
David Jr., a passionate and gifted dancer, finally secures his big break, dancing at redbull world finals propelling his cereer, after 12 years of relentless dedication. However, as the world takes notice of his talent, he faces doubters who question if he truly deserves the spot he's earned. Determined to prove his worth, David Jr. embarks on a transformative journey, traveling and training to compete with the best of the best, challenging not only his craft but but his mental fortitude
The Pink Bathtub Project
Cinematography and editing by Katie Win Cook
Performance by Lydia Jekot
Choreography by Katie Win Cook and Lydia Jekot
Original music by Daniel Ruggiero Baker
Despite our immersion in a deluge of (often toxic, often contradictory) suggestions of what femininity is, we make choices about what to keep and discard as we grow, change, and develop an understanding of our upbringing and society. We try to keep what feels natural to us individually as femmes, not always knowing the origins of our traits and preferences. There is no control state for what our identity would be outside of our nurturing… yet we also have a sense for what that self is.
Venus Fly Trap
Sean Comerford- Director/cinematographer/editor
Madeleine Klein- Dancer/choreographer
A dance with a fly