Dreaming Tango_SP

A film about Argentine Tango and its place in the lives of six people: a young girl having to leave her country and lose her friends and family finds dance,
a woman far from Argentina listens to her uncle's orchestra all the time playing Piazzolla, and an older isolated man learns to follow in Tango and find his way back to his wife.

  • Frances Barth
    End of the Day, End of the Day; Jonnie in the Lake; Regina B; The Audition.
  • Frances Barth
    End of the Day, End of the Day; Jonnie in the Lake; Regina B; The Audition.
  • Frances Barth
    End of the Day, End of the Day; Jonnie in the Lake; Regina B; The Audition.
  • Sandra Antognazzi
    Key Cast
    "Mother and Tango Dancer"
  • Ron Nakahara
    Key Cast
    "Older Man"
  • Mia Katigbak
    Key Cast
    "Older Woman"
  • Dardo Galletto
    Key Cast
    "Tango Dancer"
  • Abby Royal
    Key Cast
    "Younger woman"
  • Chris Doi
    Key Cast
    "Walking man"
  • Valentina Feldman
    Key Cast
    "young girl"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, Dance, Art film
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Madrid Film Awards
    July 26, 2020
    Spain, Europe
  • Cannes Short Film Festival
    September 26, 2020
    French Premiere
    Best Experimental Short, Audience Award
  • New FilmmakersNY2020
    New York
    United States
    August 26, 2020
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Studio City Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Cutting Edge Film Festival
    Pompano Beach, FLA
    United States
    November 6, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Palma de Mallorca Film Festival
    January 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    November 30, 2020
    Award Winner, Official Selection
  • Directors Circle Festival of Shorts
    United States
    November 27, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Osaka International Film Festival
    September 18, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Snow Leopard International Film Festival
    April 7, 2022
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Frances Barth
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Frances Barth

Born in the Bronx, having received her degrees from Hunter College, CUNY, Frances Barth has been working and showing her painting in New York and internationally since the 1960's and making films for the last fifteen years. While an art student she also studied modern-dance,and performed with Yvonne Rainer at Lincoln Center and the Billy Rose Theater in 1968-9, and with Joan Jonas in dance and video in 1970.

Video: During the last 15+ years she has created two animations, two short documentaries, a short b&w film set in 1947 after the Japanese internment, and has just finished her new film “Dreaming Tango”.

Her animation, "Jonnie in the Lake" won Best Animated Short in November 2016 at the New York Short Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia. It now has Spanish subtitles and has been shown in Venezuela, Ecuador and Uruguay.

The animation "End of the Day, End of the Day" completed in 2007 was shown at the Atlanta Festival of the Moving Image in the Marcia Wood Gallery, and in New York at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in 2010 and was adapted into a performance with projected video and two actors at Triangle Artists Organization in 2018.

Her documentary/portrait on the painter Regina Bogat, "Regina B" premiered at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2018 and was nominated for Best International Short Documentary; an earlier short called "Regina" was shown at The Marfa Film Festival in 2014. Regina B was also shown at the New York Short Film Festival in November, 2018, at the Sunrise FF in Nova Scotia in 2019, and was shown at Zurcher Gallery in NYC in 2020.

In 2017 she published her first graphic novel "Ginger Smith and Billy Gee" with settings derived from her paintings, and she scripted a live theatrical reading from this book with 7 actors that was performed at Silas Von Morisse Gallery in NY in 2018.
Frances’ new documentary “The Audition” premiered in Paris in April.

Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, an Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She is Director Emeritas of the Mt. Royal School of Art, The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

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Director Statement

"Dreaming Tango" is a short narrative/documentary art film threading three stories involving Argentine tango, and moving from realistic dialogue to voice over, and to the actors breaking the fourth wall.
Having performed with Yvonne Rainer and being part of the NY community of artists in all media going back to the 1960's, and loving my brother's performances (James Barth) in NY in the 1970's brought me inspiration and the desire to write this script. Having studied and danced tango myself for the last six years with Sandra Antognazzi made me want to do this film. This is the first film of mine where I used other additional camera artists and shot in 4k to give me more options for post editing. **The first opening scenes are in Spanish with English subtitles as I felt that was right for the young girl having to leave her culture and country. The rest of the film is in English. An official SAG/AFTRA short project. Thank you in advance for watching!