A dance film festival will be screened at Sudbury’s independent cinema

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Collective brings choreographers and filmmakers to Sudbury

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The Sudbury Indie Cinema will host a national dance film festival this week.

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Branch Collective, a local non-profit group that promotes dance opportunities, presents The Dance Onscreen festival at the Mackenzie Street Theater from Thursday, with films to screen until Sunday.

A Sudbury first, the festival features famous Hollywood musicals as well as works by local artists.

“I am so thrilled to share such innovative and interesting dance films from across Canada with Sudbury next weekend,” said festival producer Mikaela Demers. “But I am especially thrilled to share the work of the Sudbury dancers, musicians and filmmakers who have collaborated to create six unique dance films that will be shared for the first time at Dance Onscreen. A total of 25 different local artists participated in this process.

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The festival kicks off Thursday with a screening of Cabaret. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the music from 1972 combines serious social issues with the bohemian life of live performers in Berlin during the Weimar Republic. The film won 40 international awards, including eight Oscars. Cabaret will be presented at 6:30 p.m., followed by an independent film festival launch party.

Friday, the program of the local commissions will be screened at 7 p.m. This showcase features films created by local artists as part of a Branch Collective-led project called The Northern Dance Film Initiative.

The NDFI brought together local choreographers, musicians and filmmakers to form creative teams from August to October this year. The teams worked together to collaboratively create dance films made by artists from Northern Ontario.

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The youth program will screen Saturday at 3:30 p.m., bringing together works created by the next generation of artists, ages 15 to 25, from across the country in one program. The screening is preceded by a community café held in Kuppajoe, creating a space for artists and audience members to come together and make personal connections.

On Sunday morning, Winnipeg filmmaker Leigh Lugosi will facilitate the making of a real-time dance film. Their Spontaneous Art Creation Workshop is open free to all local artists and participants at 9:30 am, hosted at the Sudbury School of Dance.

An Ontario showcase, featuring artists from northern and southern Ontario, will take place Sunday at noon, followed by the Canadian Open program at 2 p.m., featuring choreographers and filmmakers from across the country.

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Provincial public health guidelines for all COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks and get vaccinated.

Screening dates and times

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. — Cabaret, remastered version of the 50th anniversary.

Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. — Local committees

Saturday, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. — Youth program

Sunday, November 20, 12 p.m. — Ontario Showcase

Sunday, November 21, 2 p.m. — Canadian Open

The full festival schedule is available on the Branch Collective website at madeformovers.com.

The festival trailer can be seen on Vimeo at vimeo.com/766291588.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite (tinyurl.com/24yh4anj).

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