A foot balances precariously on a slick floor. A wheel turns and poses en pointe. They meet and overlap to balance memory and loss, presence with absence.

A foot balances precariously on a slick floor. A wheel turns and poses on pointe. They meet and overlap in our vision, moving away simultaneously as if never there. Innumerable, yet slight iterations edge them towards gritty and resolute perfection. Some moments are easy to grasp, embrace, and memorialize. Others shiver, shift, and elude form. A percussive sole, a guitar chord, a wheel skidding across an unforgiving floor. A pattern evolves as it is reshaped, movements repeated, recreated, revealed.

This short experimental films weaves together footage filmed over the course of a year as choreographer and dancer, Anita Fillmore Kenny, works with dancer Kris Lenzo and musician Jamie Fillmore to craft a short piece that examines the absence of presence, as they meditate on the loss of loved ones and the process by which we come to terms with, and celebrate, an unyielding emotion.

Closed Captions and Audio Descriptions available.
Subtitles: French and Greek. Please contact director for other languages.

  • Anuradha Rana
    Ring Laila, Preserves, For the Records, Variations, Welcome to Unity
  • Anuradha Rana
    Ring Laila, Preserves, For the Records, Variations, Welcome to Unity
  • B. Rich
    Preserves, Variations, Ring Laila
  • Kathleen Mullins
  • Kris Lenzo
    Key Cast
  • Anita Fillmore Kenney
    Key Cast
  • Jamie Fillmore
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance film, Process Film
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 40 North Dance Film Festival

    United States
  • Bare Bones International Film and Music Film Festival
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
  • Borehamwood International Film Festival
  • Bridges International Film Festival

  • Canada Independent Film Festival
    Rising Star Award
  • Changing Face International Film Festival

  • Chicago Feminist Film Festival
    Audience Award - Best Doc Short Winner
  • Cineframe International Short Film Festival
  • Contact Dance International Film Festival
  • Dunedin International Film Festival

    United States
  • EnCore Dance on Film

    United States
  • Ethnografilm Paris
  • FAD Film-Art-Dance
  • Fisheye Film Festival

    United Kingdom
  • Georgia Documentary Film Festival

    Best Cinematographer Nomination
  • Goa International Short Film Festival

  • Guiar Screendance International Film Festival

  • In/Motion Chicago International Film Festival

    March 22, 2019
    Audience Award - Best Doc
  • Kalmthout International Short Film Festival

  • Las Cruces International Film Festival
  • Le Festival Interational Du Film Sue Le Handicap

  • Life Screenings Film Festival

    United States
  • London Experimental
  • MicroActs Artist Film Screening

    United Kingdom
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach
    United States
    May 2, 2019
  • Oaxaca Film Festival

  • Oregon Documentary Film Festival

    Nominated - Best Director
  • Pune Short Film Festival
  • Richmond Dance Film Festival
  • Rethink Dance Film Festival

    United States
  • Twister Alley Film Festival
    Award - Best Director, Documentary Short; Nomination - Best Documentary Short
  • Unrestricted View Film Festival
  • Utah Dance Film Festival

  • Windy City Film Festival
  • Woodshole Film Festival
Director Biography - Anuradha Rana

Anuradha Rana’s work focuses on ideas of representation, identity, and varied perspectives in a global environment. Her award-winning films have screened internationally and she has produced, directed, and wielded camera on documentaries filmed in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa and the USA. She is in production on Language of Opportunity about cultural identity and immigrant aspirations, and Copperdog (working title) which explores the relationship between sled dogs and their mushers in the Upper-Midwest. Anuradha is chair of the documentary program at the School of Cinematic Arts, DePaul University and is also the program coordinator for the Diverse Voices in Docs Fellowship at Kartemquin Films.

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Director Statement

I believe that in our memories, both collective and individual, reside the most important and compelling stories.

I have always been fascinated by the roots of ideas and the processes undertaken to embody them; the back-story that manifests itself into an incarnation of a specific thought and the journey undertaken to formulate that thought. I am also enthralled by how seemingly disparate things can give new meanings to each other.

In my work, these ideas translate through the juxtaposition of visual elements with audio tracks that appear to be unrelated at first glance. I look for storytelling elements that can add depth to a film by creating a tangential moment. This can be through non-linear narratives, or through parallel narratives that symbiotically grow together.