Brittani Hom and Jasmine Stack created the dance film 7:18 for Edition 29 of Dances Made. Their film was inspired by these themes chosen by our audience: spirit/flesh and gritty, grainy graceful. Watch it online exclsively on Dances Made. Your donation goes back to our artists to support their work.
Why are you interested in making dance film?
This has been the first official experience I’ve had writing and directing a dance film, and it has been an incredible learning experience and journey. My previous video and film work has involved movement on camera but I never thought to classify it as dance film. Now that I’ve officially made my own dance film and worked closely with a choreographer/dancer (Jasmine Stack), I’ve learned about how you can take dance to a different level: by adding magic to the story through filmmaking. It’s beautiful how movement can be used to create a story and physically demonstrate often abstract concepts. Jasmine and I discussed how just as there is a difference between acting for the camera and acting for the stage, there is a difference between dancing for the camera and dance performance on stage. The slightest movement and change in facial expression on camera is magnified and can resonate just as much as big movements on stage. That’s powerful!
What was your initial reaction to the themes chosen by our audience?
I was initially a bit shocked, but after discussion with Jasmine, we both had a eureka moment of a potential story relating to these two themes based on a recent life-changing event we experienced together.
Tell us a little about your creative process…
Jasmine and I collaborated by meeting frequently to discuss what direction we wanted to go into creatively. We both wrote and drew in our journals and would share with each other all of the ideas we had. I decided to write some poetry after we thought of the story we wanted to create, and she informed me that she could create dance phrases based off of my poetry.
Name a film that changed your life.
One film that changed my life is Turtles Can Fly written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi. I watched this film last year and cannot put into words how much it altered the way I view everything. The cinematography and symbolism were breathtakingly and heartbreakingly inspiring. After watching this film, I challenged myself to make each of my works with as much integrity and depth, never neglecting humanity; breathing life into art.
Name a dance performance that changed your life.
I will preface my answer by saying, by no means have I had an educational background of dance. As of this moment, I don’t have a particular dance performance that has changed my life. I have seen some of Pina Bausch’s works and from learning her philosophies and about how much she has influenced the world of dance, I greatly respect her and think of her as a human being and one of the great masters.
If we were going to spend the day with you hanging out with you, what would we do?
I would propose watching a few films, perhaps some old favorites and/or films that we haven’t seen yet. I definitely love to connect to others through deep conversation about life, art, ideas, etc., so I can guarantee there would be conversations and discussions peppered throughout the day. During this day of watching films and conversation, we would either try cooking delicious meals and/or go out to eat equally delicious meals.
What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?
At the moment, I like milk tea with pudding instead of boba. There isn’t any teahouse in particular that I like to go to, but the best that I’ve been to tend to be in San Gabriel, CA.
If you could live in another time period, which would it be?
It would have been interesting to live during the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s and experience and be a part of the different art and film movements back then. Many of my favorite films came from these three eras.
What are some things you can’t live without?
I can’t live without love, art, my family and friends, a camera, books and other reading materials, a device that will allow me to view films and videos, conversation and collaboration with others, and various visual art materials of both analog and digital interface.
Brittani Hom and Jasmine Stack created the dance film 7:18 for Edition 29 of Dances Made. Their film was inspired by these themes chosen by our audience: spirit/flesh and gritty, grainy graceful. Watch it online exclsively on Dances Made.