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Arts and Entertainment

Topanga Film Festival Screens Dance!

Still from David Rousseve/Cari Ann Shim Sham*s "Two Seconds After Laughter" courtesy of the artists
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Though the 7th Annual Topanga Film Festivalopens this Thursday, filled with screenings, lectures, panel discussions and industry sightings, the second day of the four day event (Friday night) highlights seven dance films that promise to get us moving in our seats!

Curated by filmmaker Cari Ann Shim Sham* and created by local, national and international artists, the short films explore a range of ideas, images and concerns. Cinematic game-playing, documentary inspiration and some quasi-surreal situations explode within a movement-driven language. In line with this year’s over-arching festival theme of brain science and film, Shim Sham* has discovered two hands full of what she calls “visually engaging, viscerally invigorating and sensory stimulating work.”

Hmm . . . .

I like the idea of dancing in my seat and Topanga seems like just the right place for that! So, enjoy the drive and slide into a chair for this midsummer virtual reality!

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Watch a trailer from one of the films here!

Oh, and for a good literate, laugh out loud look at the Cold War and ballet, click here for last week's arts·meme post!