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WELCOME... TO THE INTERNATIONAL SCREENDANCE FESTIVAL! Screen-Dance is a genre that combines choreography and moving image. This intersection of movement and cinema results in a distinctive, hybrid form of performance art that creates for a magical viewing experience. Dance has been a subject of film since the birth of cinema, but Screen-Dance is now becoming more accepted as a genre in its own right. Particularly in these COVID-19 pandemic times, restrictions on live performing arts have sparked a renewed interest in exploring dance on the screen - both in artists and audiences alike. Since 2016, each year of the ScreenDance Festival has brought in over 600 film submissions from over 25 different countries. With the spirit of inclusion, this year, we are beginning the transition of changing the “Iowa International ScreenDance Festival” to the “International ScreenDance Festival.” Our International reach driven us to make the Festival more inclusive, broad, and hopefully a soon-to-be official nonprofit status organization!


PROGRAM 1 December 10th (8pm CT (9PM EST)



2. After The Reign: Confusion 3. A Dream of Touch When Touch is Gone 4. Spark

2. Pronom Al 3. A Dancer's Confession 4. UNISONO

5. Kern 6. High Winds and Slippery Surfaces

PROGRAM 2 December 11th (8pm CT (9PM EST)



1. Child of the Screen

1. A Future Memory

2. 2020

2. Dialogue

3. Runaway Sanity

3. Optic

4. Waters into Wilderness

4. Continuum

5. Alina Sokoska – The Backstage 6. Bogota 7. RADIX 2

THE TEAM... Eloy Barragan

Festival Founder and Director Eloy has received a choreographers’ fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Boise Arts Council, as well as a Lifetime Career Fellowship by the Idaho Commission of the Arts. This year he received an Artist Project Grant from Iowa Arts Council. His choreography has been presented at the Bolshoi Theatre, Finnish National Opera House, Conservatoire

de Paris – Cité de la Musique, Alvin Ailey Studios Citigroup Theater, DiCapo Opera Theater NYC, Teatro Nacional de Panamá, Ballet Real de Costa Rica. His films have been invited to festivals in Mexico, USA, Stockholm and Cuba. Eloy trained at La Escuela Nacional de Danza in Mexicó, Royal Academy of Dance UK, Boston Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York. He performed with Joffrey II, Washington Ballet, Compañía Nacional de Danza Mexicó, Ballet Royal de Wallonie, Mainz Stattheater, Hagen Stattheater, Ballet de Monterey, Eugene Ballet and Ballet Idaho. He is also the Director/Founder of the International Iowa ScreenDance Festival, Co-Director of the Iowa Dance Festival.

Shannon Hartle

Festival Co-Director Shannon Hartle is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated high school early to pursue her dance dreams and attend Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program in NYC. She then attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 2018 with a BFA in Dance, a Minor in Communications Studies, and a Certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship. Now located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shannon is the Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant at Circus Juventas, as well as a Dancer with Threads Dance Project. After working for Eloy as part of the Iowa Dance Festival and Iowa ScreenDance Festival for the past 5 years, Shannon is thrilled to be taking on the role of Co-Director of the International ScreenDance Festival this year!

Tatum Beynon

Director of Communications and Social Media Originally from Waconia, Minnesota, Tatum grew up training at Waconia Dance Arts (Waconia, Minnesota). Throughout middle and high school, she attended summer intensive programs including the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, the School of Ballet Arizona, and The Kansas City Ballet School. Tatum graduated from the University of Iowa in 2021 with a BFA in Dance and Certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship. Currently located in Chicago, Tatum is a Dance Instructor and Administrator at Spotlight Dance Academy of Chicago, Administrative Assistant for holistic health coach for dancers, Jess Spinner (The Whole Dancer), and a Group Fitness Instructor for LevelUp Fitness. Tatum began working for the Iowa Dance Festival in 2020 as the Manager of Social Media and Communications. She is so excited to be working alongside Eloy and Shannon as the Director of Communications and Social Media for the International ScreenDance Festival!

OUR CURATORS... Katrina McPherson Katrina McPherson is an award-winning artist, director, and scholar whose research and practice has contributed to the evolution of screendance for over 30 years. Since the 1990s, Katrina has been awarded commissions and received funding to make work, including single screen, installation, and interactive productions. A much sought-after lecturer, workshop facilitator and mentor, Katrina teaches across the globe, most recently also enjoying the new concepts and potential offered by the on-line environment. She is the author of the workbook "Making Video Dance - a step-by-step guide to creating dance for the screen.”, the 2nd edition of which was published by Routledge in 2019.

Daniel Fine Daniel is an artist, technologist, and educator working in immersive, interactive digital/physical environments. He combines traditional forms of storytelling with new technologies in live performances to engage the imaginations and hearts of a twenty-first century audience. Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media in Performance, with a joint-appointment in Theatre Arts and Dance, and a core faculty of the Public Digital Arts Cluster at the University of Iowa. He is the co-author of Digital Media, Projection Design & Technology for Theatre. Daniel holds an MFA in interdisciplinary digital media for performance from Arizona State University.

Marie Wilkes Marie Wilkes, Producer – has both an MFA (93) in Dance and an M Ed (08) from the University of Iowa. For sixteen years Wilkes, Founder and Director Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble (501c3), produced multiple events presented in Iowa City, and educational programs which toured throughout schools and small arts organizations in Iowa, the U.S., and Canada. To support the development of these programs, Wilkes received grants from: the Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Humanities, and the UI 2005 Year of Arts and Humanities Grant. Her company was on the Artist Roster for both the Iowa Arts Council, and Arts Midwest. In filmmaking, Wilkes received an Emmy honor for her work as an assistant to the director of Jackson Pollock’ Mural: Story of a Modern Masterpiece documentary. As Producer of Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art, her work has garnered a Mid America Emmy nomination, three awards, and was screened at twenty-three Film Festivals globally, as well as airing on PBS. On NMMA’s current film Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett, Wilkes will continue her role as Producer through project management, grant writing and research for NMMA.

Steven Erickson Steven Erickson has created a large and diverse body of work over the last 40 years as a practicing artist. Always interested in exploring new ideas, he has worked in a variety of styles from realism to pure abstraction. His work is held in many public and private collections including The First Banks of Minneapolis, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The University of Iowa College of Business, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and The University of Iowa College of Law. Over the past 15 years he has worked as the exhibition designer for the Stanley Museum of Art. Over the past 5 years he has been involved in the design and planning of the Stanley’s new museum building which will open in September of 2022. He lives with his wife and child in Iowa City.

Michael Judge Michael Judge is freelance journalist, poet, and contributing editor at The Dallas Morning News. A former arts and culture writer for The Wall Street Journal, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In a career spanning three decades and two continents, his editorials, essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Japan Times,, and Smithsonian magazine, among other publications. His poetry has appeared in The Literary Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, Sycamore Review and Poet Lore, among other magazines and journals.

Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelley, Director/Editor - has been a documentary filmmaker for over three decades. His major works as a documentary producer with University of Iowa received: Mid-America EMMY Awards© (1995, 2017) for The Search for Meaning: The American Family (1995) and Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Story of a Modern Masterpiece (2017) as well as CINE Golden Eagle Awards, and New York Festivals World Medals. National and international screenings of his most recent work include film festivals and museums in: Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, London, Spain, Germany, Venice,

Florence, Paris, Perth and Sydney. Kelley’s documentaries have aired on HBO, PBS ABC, CBS, and ESPN as well as qualifying in 2001 for the Short Documentary Category for the Academy Awards©. In major newspapers, Kelley’s works were reviewed as “Comprehensive, straight-ahead and unsentimental." (The Los Angeles Times) and “a wonderful heartwarming story about a forgotten individual” (Chicago Tribune Magazine) As an Independent Filmmaker, Kelley’s, most recent work Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art has been screened at 23? Film festivals across the globe and has aired on PBS.










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Student Division But do not stop This dance film features eight women embodying a past moment of violence, engaging with the nuance of their personal narrative, and reclaiming empowerment with their own physicality. Featuring poetry by Luke Ryan, the film displays the journey from loss of power into a reimagined future. Dancers: Rebecca Eliasaint, Erica Hunter, Abi Marshall, Olivia Palacios, Janice Picconi, Claire Sarman, Alexis Sides, Hannah Stanley

Director: Allison Kay McCarthy

Pronom al Tracing the tethers of resistance and reflection, the body explores its complex identities. What gets concealed and what gets revealed?

Director: Alexander Petit Olivieri

A Dancer's Confession Borrow the garden downstairs in the community, among the branches, on the green grass, beside the seats, stairs, land... Covetousness can be the beauty of dancing, enjoy the joy of dancing, the dancer’s body breath and breath...

Director: Ying Zhou


Unisono is a physical comedy of finding and accepting oneself.

Director: Vilma Tihilä

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Professional Division SEETHER The body is a vessel and the vessel is boiling. Toxins are removed when boiling and what is being boiled and removed is toxic masculinity. Seether is a film that explores Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure in an attempt to find alternatives to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives. This archive is shedding away levels of conditioning, boiling them away, queerly failing, to find a new sense of wholeness/ agency. The vessel is seething and when the seething subsides, the new vessel is whole.

Directors: Alex Maness, Jim Havercamp

After the Reign: Confusion

Director: Jennifer Scully-Thurston

A Dream of Touch When Touch is Gone A dream, a vision told through movement of falling into the COVID reality and dreaming of the moment we emerge back to physical touch as an essential need of our society and humanity. "A Dream . . ." was shot in September 2020 at the height of the COVID pandemic when vaccinations seemed distant and performing arts groups were desperately trying to figure out how to get back to work. Carl Flink, artistic director of the Minneapolis based dance company Black Label Movement, approached Dr. Jon Hallberg from the University of Minnesota Medical School and asked if an affordable COVID "bubble," ala the extremely expensive "bubbles" the professional sports leagues were implementing, could be designed to allow for responsible physical contact and removing PPE to create, perform and present new work. Hallberg said he thought there was and designed an affordable "bubble" that allowed Black Label to produce this film without anyone involved contracting the COVID virus.”

Director: Carl Flink

Spark Spark is an exploration of disintegration and unraveling over time. Nature cyclically descends into decay every autumn, and what begins orderly and measured in our lives eventually descends into chaos. Dancer Alice Svetic choreographed her movements at 2.5x the final speed of the film. Her choreography - angular and jarring in real time - appears hypnotic and surreal at 40% of the original speed. The film was set against a smoldering, scarlet autumnal scene and was reduced to slow-motion in post-production. The film was shot, edited, and the soundtrack composed and performed by director Elizabeth Wadium.

Director: Elizabeth Wadium

KERN KERN is about the core of a community and what binds us or tears us apart. The work explores themes of interconnection, sustaining others and reciprocity; 'A person is a person through other people;' strikes an affirmation of one’s humanity through recognition of an "other" in his or her uniqueness and difference.'

Director: Isabelle Joanna Ona Nelson

High Winds and Slippery Surfaces In High Winds & Slippery Surfaces a fleeting body fights to maintain control of their movement as they find themselves in an unstable and unpredictable environment. The film experiments with the friction between physical action, sound and space to awaken the kinaesthetic sense of the viewer. Repeated disruption in the flow of action and sound together with the abrupt changes between involuntary and choreographed movements creates a dark, unsettling viewing experience as the sonically immersive environment takes the viewer beyond the screen supporting a greater sense of awareness of the space surrounding them. High Winds & Slippery Surfaces was a 'One Minute' commission by GOAT media and

Directors: Pernille Spence, Corinne Jola, Zoë Irvine


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