LANDFALL was the winner of Best Cinematography at the February 2022 DANCE Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Kate: For 25 years, I’ve been a contemporary stage choreographer with my own NYC-based dance company. When my family relocated to Asheville, NC, I sought ways to keep working even when my dancers weren’t in town locally with me for developmental residencies. Movement on film had always interested me, so that seemed felt like the right avenue to explore, and my interest really intensified when covid hit and touring and live work opportunities for the performing arts shut down. Jack was recommended to me as a filmmaker/photographer. Our collaboration has continued to expand naturally from our first shoot together in 2019, as we keep conceptualizing, shooting and editing new work.
Jack: I’ve spend a lot of time as a photographer looking at body and landscape, as well as our human relationship to land. Exploring that in film with a choreographer and collaborator like Kate was a natural extension for me.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
We shot in August 2020, and completed editing “Landfall” in late 2021.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
Jack: landscape, connection
Kate: natural, alien
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
We used an intuitive and highly associative creative method in working on “Landfall” (very similar to the way I work as a choreographer) but the hardest part was that we weren’t able to work in a concentrated timeframe as our editing process had to fit into the cracks of our busy schedules. So editing happened in drips & drops over a very long period of time and keeping momentum was our biggest obstacle.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Listening to the audience feedback was just fantastic! Very exciting and validating for us in that their experiences seemed to echo what we’d hoped the film might evoke, and their reactions to the cinematographic, choreographic and conceptual elements of the film were really insightful and spot-on.
Watch the Audience Feedback Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
Jack: In elementary school I became interested in film, and I’ve made little short films ever since. In my era, the still camera is also a video camera, so as I’m practicing as a photographer I’m also thinking about film possibilities. Film has an incredible capacity to convey meaning, experience, and a heightened sense of living or being alive. Motion, time and especially, sound, are important components in filmmaking that attract me beyond photography.
Kate: I made little art/dance films in undergraduate school at CalArts: studies of what film might do with movement, and with the body. But it wasn’t really until the last 4-5 years that I began studying and exploring film as a medium for my choreographic voice in earnest.
7. What films have you seen the most in your life?
Kate: Time Bandits, Lawrence of Arabia, The Piano, Strictly Ballroom, Dune (the most recent one – wow! What amazing sound-scoring and cinematography!)
Jack: Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, The Producers with Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
The audience feedback aspect of your festival is so useful, enlivening, encouraging and well-done. Thank you so very much for that!
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
Film Freeway is a fantastic resource and has made the process of submitting our first film to festivals easy.
10. What is your favorite meal?
Kate: Mexican Chilaquiles
Jack: Black Mountain Lox Eggs Benedict on a Biscuit or an Everything bagel with cream cheese
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Yes, we’ve just completed our second collaborative dance film, “Moth,” and we’re now working on our third! Very excited to continue our process together…and thank you again for the recognition.