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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Duet Tests

Duet Tests

director: Pamela Vail, Jeremy Moss
original title: Duet Tests
country: United States
year: 2016
running time: 30 min.

synopsis

The film is the result of meetings between a dancer and a cinematographer who met every morning and late afternoon for five consecutive days and recorded their improvised interaction. The rhythm of this series of experimental tests shot on 16mm film reveals not only the dancer’s movements, but also the dynamic movement of the camera, editing, and a game played with the mirrored reflections of the dance studio.

biography

Jeremy Moss (1978) makes experimental essays, films that work with surrealistic double meanings and abstractions, and dance films. Pamela Vailová has been involved in dance for more than twenty years and is a member of the improvisational quartet The Architects.

more about film

director: Pamela Vail, Jeremy Moss
cast: Pamela Vail
producer: Jeremy Moss
photography: Jeremy Moss

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