Connection Lost

Directed by Marilu Aguilar Moreno
Director of Photography Uziel Elim Perez Rubio
Choreographer Marilu Aguilar Moreno
Dancer Company Dance in Motion
Performers Camila Chávez, Carla Gómez, Damian Criollo, Itzel Betancourt, Juan Carlos Padilla, Katya Heras, Liliana Vergara, Raul Osuna, Renata D. Monteón, Salvador Ruíz, and Marilu Aguilar Extras: Aldo Bejarano, Danya Mireli Rodríguez, Gonzalo Rodríguez
Composer Souvenir (Sunbears Remix) – SWIMM
Camera Assistant Fernando Portillo
Gaffer / Behind the Scenes Carlos Cortés
Collaborators Brave Films and Photography, Centro de Danza y Producción Escénica de Baja California

Connection Lost is a one shot dance short film that shows how devices are decreasing social connectivity and interfering with human interaction. There is no more intimacy nor closeness between people and glances and communication are being centered in an object, focusing on the ones who are not present and missing out on the ones who are.

Connection Lost won first place in “Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza”, Mexico 2017, was semi finalist in “Los Angeles Cine Fest” and has been selected as official selection of: “Master of Art Film Festival”, Bulgaria, “The 4th Annual North Carolina Triad Choreography Showcase”, “ADF’s Movies by Movers”, “Digital World of Dance”, Canada, “Muestra Multidisciplinaria MUMVI 2017”, “Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival”, and in “Muestra Movimiento Audiovisual 2017”.

Interview with Directors Marilu Aguilar Moreno

Describe, in as many or as few words as you see fit, the genesis of or inspiration behind Connection Lost?
We believe it is our duty as artists to reflect what is happening to humanity, what we see in society, and the ups and downs we live; to share our view of life and hope to be able to make the spectator connect with our work.

How long did Connection Lost take to film? How long was post-production?
We planned and rehearsed for about one month and filmed it in one day 4 times before getting the perfect shot. Post production took about a week. 

If this is your first dance for film production, what are a few things you learned about making a dance for film that surprised you? If this is not your first dance for film production, what are a few things that you are continually trying to refine or learn as you have sought to work thru this medium of dance and film together?
This is our 5th dance short film. We made a “simple” yet “impacting” screen dance with what we had within our hands. It is very important that the choreographer understands the filming art and for the cinematographer to have certain knowledge about dance. This way, it is easier to communicate and see all the endless possibilities there are in creating this new hybrid language. 

What is interesting or intriguing to you about dance for film vs. dance for stage? Or, if you are coming from a film background and working with dance is a more new medium for you, what drew you to wanting to capture and work with dance?
Taking dance to real locations, intervening where people are not used to seeing dance, taking dance to new publics, being able to share your art to a bigger audience, having bigger opportunities of your art to be exposed in different parts of the world in same or different moments, and capturing the body, movement, location and story to create a new message. 

Are there any projects, dance film or otherwise, that you are working on currently that you would like to share with our audience?
Our project is called Dance in Motion, and we are dedicated in creating and collaborating to make dance short films focused in the good of humanity, leaving a message of well being.