Interview with Dancers/Directors Art Bridgman & Myrna Packer (EMBRACE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19)

EMBRACE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 was awarded BEST DANCE FILM at the November 2020 Dance & Music Festival.

https://www.bridgmanpacker.org/

1. What motivated you to make this film?

During the first months of the pandemic, we were struck with how, for so many people, human touch and embrace were limited or non-existent. That was the inspiration for the work. It also came during a time when all of our touring (live performances and workshops) had been cancelled.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

About 2 months.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Personal and universal.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

We tried a lot of different camera angles and movement possibilities. We weren’t happy with them until we started to work with the overhead camera. Suddenly, we were floating in space with the sense of disorientation and uncertainty, a metaphor for what so many have been feeling during the pandemic.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was gratifying to see how it moved people and how they understood our intentions so clearly.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca, Mary Poppins, Shakespeare in Love

7. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It is very user friendly!

8. What is next for you? A new film?

We are currently working on a stage production that integrates live performance and film. It’s called “Ghost Factory” and is inspired by the large abandoned factories in upstate NY.

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