Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Thank you, some whining and a hat trick

I so appreciate that you check in here when prompted. I'm taking requests - so if there's anything you'd particularly like me to talk about or post, let me know. 

Meanwhile, the big news is that Her Magnum Opus is now available for download through Vimeo on Demand.  The next festival screening for Opus is in Nashville at HerStory Cinephilia Society, with a few more screenings anticipated in 2019. But it's time to move on - and make those big bucks in sales, right? 

In Search of Lost Time, the 9-minute black-and-white short featuring Aislinn MacMaster & David Thomson, continues to travel all over the world, having screened in 22 festivals thus far. 
If you're near New York, please join me at YoFiFest in Yonkers on Saturday, November 3 at noon. Still to come are Breaking 8 in Sardegna, Dance on Screen in Austria, VideoSkin in the Yukon, and InShadow in Lisbon - which has shown my work for 7 of its 10 editions - which I actually plan to attend.

Two new shorts are just beginning to make their way in the world:

Strategic Retreat, shot by Charles Caster-Dudzick in a treehouse in Richmond, Virginia last spring. Trailer here, for you hard core fans. 

Red Dirt Dances, which Gustavo Fataki shot almost a year ago in Sao Carlos, Brazil. [Trailer below, looping as you read.] It had its Brazilian premiere last week - essentially a cast and crew screening minus the director.  Stay tuned for festival updates for both works.

Every film project is recognizably Renzi, especially for longtime followers, like most of you reading this.  But each one is also different, in cast, length, music, location, style.
Where Love Leads, my return engagement with Slippery Rock University dancers, took place in 4 locations, with 15 performers and features a lively soundtrack of 6 songs, and currently clocks in at 16 minutes. Cinematographer-producer Jennifer Keller made my every wish come true during production, so it would be ungenerous of me to whine - but just try and stop me - about the hassle and cost of paying fees to corporate entities for music rights. I'd dearly love to know what percentage of the licensing fees actually makes it into an artist's wallet. HUGE thanks here to the artists who have recently shared their work gratis - among them, Emily Holden, Lorenzo Wolff and Kamel Boutros.

So for my hat trick with Rhode Island College in January, I've laid down a few ground rules, limitations which are a natural and opposite reaction to SRU's Love:

one location
royalty-free music 
cast of 5 or 6
movement vocabulary that is less "easy-going"

I set myself these tasks so I don't repeat myself.
Thanks for listening.
Am I repeating myself?


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Oasis Odyssey said...

Bought HMO and have been showing to my dance classes! Stunning!