Think dance films are something new? Ah, no. In the mid-1890s, Thomas Edison captured Ruth Dennis dancing outdoors. One hundred and twenty-something years later, the Third Coast Dance Film Festival celebrates the marriage of these two art forms by screening 21 shorts over two nights.
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This year’s festival is curated by Houston dance-makers Rosie Trump and Lydia Hance. The shorts come from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Finland, Russia and Spain. Dance film has a strong contingent of artists in Houston, and the local community will be represented by entries from Lindsey Sarah Thompson, Lynn Lane and Ashley Horn, whose Jazzland short was filmed in an abandoned theme park in New Orleans after it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. Other films are set on rooftops, underwater, in movie theaters and in bathroom stalls.
Sept. 15-16, 7 p.m., 2012