October 19th @ 7:30PM | The Dekum Street Theater | Run Time: 67mins

We begin this festival with 8 films from the United States, Netherlands, Poland, France, and Canada. There are conversations between young and old, meditations on this time of heat and smoke, and we “observe a frisky animal herd collide with otherness” (Beast). As we continue to endure ourselves and one another; to catch, drag, climb, prop, and fall with and on each other, there seems to be a suggestion that we are being worn down. The surprising part is that with this wearing down, in all its discomfort, an apparent softness emerges. Picks 1 runs 67 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

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Old Man at the Corner Store

United States 

Director: Nadav Heyman @nadavheyman
Director: Anabella Casanova @vacationtheory
Producer: Cheryl Mann @cherylmannphoto
Producer: Collin Del Cuore
Executive Producer: Sage Price @vacationtheory
Choreographers: Nadav Heyman & Cheryl Mann
Director of Photography: Lauren Guiteras @laurenguiteras
Dancers: Zoe Rawlings, Fen Del Cuore, Mher Khachatryan, Adrian Dela Rosa, and Nadav Heyman
Composer: Luke Van Denend @lukevandenend
Sound Design and Mixing: Shannon Deane @deanecreative
Production Designer: Rico Turrubiarte @ricoturrubiarte
Gaffing and Drone Operation: Nick Conroy @v23.productions
1st AC: Fido Wu
2nd AC: Adeshola Adigun
Production Assistant: Keely Uchida
Written and Edited by Nadav Heyman
Color Grading: Kays Alatrakchi
Additional Music: “Elastic” by Joey Purps 

Special Thanks to Lupitas Market, Aplus Filmz, Alfredo Tovar, Edwin Tovar, On The Mark Media, NicSon Mercantile, and all the parents!

An elderly man crosses paths with the neighborhood mischiefs.


Hello Again

United States

Directed and Choreographed by Idalmy Vandepas-Carcache
Performed by Lily Frazier & Alejandra Bess
Filmed and Edited by Christian Vandepas
Art Direction by Christina Jatib
Music: Somnium, Pt. II by Zachary David
Assistant Choreographer: Gabi Scheele

From the time we’re born and even through our adolescent years, we all have a sense of imagination and wonder. We also possess a sense of confidence that we can accomplish anything. But as we grow older and time catches up to us, we have a tendency to forget this sense of confidence, imagination, and wonder. We tend to get lost in the stresses of the real world and it can weigh us down. “Hello Again” is a Dance film that depicts the idea of reconnecting with our inner child. The two characters gracefully and beautifully present to us what it’s like to break down the barriers of adulthood and to regain the sense of imagination and adventure that we all innately possess, whether we know it or not.

Smoke Nocturne

Oregon Artist / United States

Produced by Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance @muddyfeetdance
Directed by Rachel Slater @rslatercarter
Director of Photography Ben Bach @b3nbach
Choreography Colleen Loverde @colleenloverde
First AC Will Tang @officialwilliamtang
Drone Operator Travis Stanton @travisstantonflowers
Performed by Suzanne Chi @ch.ch.chia8
Set and Costume Design Suzanne Chi
Set Creation and Installation Sam Hopkins, Julian Illingworth @sampatinapdx
Music  “Petal Two” by Areni Agbabian, ECM Records
Editing and Coloring Robert Uehlin

Every year wildfires burn millions of acres across the globe. This film is a reflection upon the visceral feeling of loss and sudden vulnerability.



Director & Writer: Imre van Opstal @imrevanopstal
DOP: Misha Kaminsky @mishakaminksy
Composers: Hen Yanni @henyanni & Rotem Frimer @rotem_frimer  & Yael Naim @yael_naim_
Dance Company: @batshevadancecompany
Colorist: Ilya Marcus @ilyamarcus
Editor: Imre van Opstal
Co-Editor: Jenny Danilenko @zhmenna

Whether it’s running a marathon, climbing a mountain, or simply making it through a difficult day, endurance is what enables people to persist and succeed. Without it, people would give up at the first sign of difficulty.

Endurance is a film about the power of perseverance and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of challenging circumstances. 

It examines the journey of life itself, the physical and emotional aspects of endurance, exploring the ups and downs, the triumphs and failures, and the moments of joy and sorrow that define the human experience. A testament to the idea that with hard work, determination, and the inherent drive to keep going despite adversity, anything is possible.

Through the role of community and the support of others, this film aims to evoke a sense of wonder, hope and renewal, encouraging the audience to embrace life’s journey with courage and determination.

Bestia (Beast)


Screenplay and Direction: Iwona Pasińska
Camera: Marek Grabowski, Felix Mirosław Mamczur
Film Editor: Natalia Jacheć
Music Composer: Michał Lorenc
Music Remix: Michał Blicharz – EHO
Set Design & Costumes: Andrzej Grabowski
Characterization: Adriana Cygankiewicz
Lighting Master: Artur Schubert
Lighting and Grip: Artur Schubert, Shapoval Yevhenii, Stern Pictures s.c. light&grip
Postproduction/Color correction: Mirosław Mamczur
Cast: Dancers of the Polish Dance Theater: Evelyn Blue, Momoko Den, Julia Hałka, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Zofia Tomczyk, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk, Kacper Bożek, Bartosz Dopytalski, Patryk Jarczok, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba ,  Mateusz Krzysiak, Dominik Kupka, Daniel Michna, JinWoo NamKung.
Drivers: Artur Dolata, Andrzej Frankowski
Production: Polski Teatr Tańca – Polish Dance Theatre @polskiteatrtanca

@pttpoznan.pl @polishdancetheatre

Which species is the biggest predator?

Behind seven lakes, seven hills, seven forests, there is a seemingly idyllic land. And in it, as if by magic, an unexpected meeting happens not only once but three times. The first time, as if from a flying carpet, we see an animalistic figure in the thicket. The second time, we observe a frisky animal herd colliding with otherness. For the third time and final meeting, the moment when a man enters the ordered world of nature. How does the relationship between animals differ from the relationship between humans and animals? In which interdependence can you see innocence, carefreeness, and curiosity and in which bestiality, destruction, and the burden of domination? – this is asked by the creators of the sixth choreographic film project by the Polish Dance Theatre 

Of the Air

United States

Filmed, directed, and edited by Alexa Velez @alex.of.the.east
Choreographed and performed by Alexa Velez
Music and sound by Alexa Velez
Voice contributed by Ryan Erickson @ryerickson

“Of the Air” is a short film that examines our disconnect from the natural world, engaging with the element of air from a physical and emotional perspective. The film is a reaction to the climate crisis in the form of a duet between a living, breathing body and the air. The piece takes place in a small apartment kitchen, where the main character finds herself relying on an air conditioner for relief in the middle of a heat wave. The air conditioner is one of many machines humans have created to harness the forces of the natural world. However, on a grander scale, we are at the mercy of these forces. The human-made spaces we inhabit too often erase all traces of the surrounding living environment. “Of the Air” is a reminder that even though we live in structures that isolate us from the natural world, we are part of that environment and depend on it for our survival.


France / Austria

Director: Lisa MAGNAN
DOP: Manon Pichon
Choreographer: Lisa MAGNAN 

Dancers: Elda GALLO, Cindy VILLEMIN, Luan DE LIMA, Thales WEILINGER
Composer: Thibault COHADE
Assistant Director: Emily POULTER
Assistant camera: Germaine HALLER
Set designer: Artemiy SHOKIN
Costume designer: Johanna Hofbauer
Make up and hair artist: Emese TORMA
Production assistant: Barbara Jursca
Gaffer: Michael Jordan VRANA
Lights assistant: Samantha PYRA and Sina LANG
Compositing: Johannes TIEFENBRUNNER
Graphic design: Hugo GAGNER
Supported by DOCKYARD STUDIO, Institut Français d’autriche, Bears in the park, Redwire, Rita bringt’s
Sponsored by Jo&Joe, MAKAVA, Ströck
In collaboration with ACCOMPLICES: Verein zur Erkundung Multimedialer Ausdrucksformen

YOU ARE ENOUGH encourages self-acceptance and growth through embracing imperfection !

This dance film talks about identity, diversity, singularity.

Follow 4 individuals on their journey sharing life’s singular moments and experimenting the beauty and complexity of humanity with poetry, sensibility, and humor.

You are Enough is an ode to self acceptance, it’s a love shoot to accept ourself as we really are and stop being afraid of not being

beautiful/legitimate/smart/competent/interesting/… enough, for doing what we really want to do.

We often work with the pressure of being perfect, the best, where the constant goal is always to do better and the feeling of not being good enough is really there. |You are Enough| aims welcome the dark and the bright side we all have inside us.



Directors: Janique L Robillard, Eric Bates
Writer: Sorrell Nielsen
Producers: Eric Bates, Janique L Robillard
Director of Photography: Kes Tagney
Key Cast: Agathe Bisserier, Anna Soltys Morse, Samuelle McGowan-Richer, Anne-Marie Godin, Adrien Malette-Chénier, Clara Scudder-Davis, Tristan Nielsen, Sorrell Nielsen, & Eric Bates
Acrobatics Director: Nathan Biggs-Penton

Through unique, female-driven circus and movement art, BRANCHÉ traverses time and lush natural landscapes of Quebec in a poetic exploration of our potential to work in harmony with nature in the face of the rising conflicts and chaos of the climate crisis. As diminishing resources and livable land drive an existential collapse, the daring three-high formations and breathtaking falls remind us that a oneness of nature and humanity is undoubtedly worth preserving.