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Green To Gold

Green To Gold is a feature-length dance narrative created in response to the music and poetry of The Antlers eponymous record in collaboration with world-renowned contemporary dancers and former principal members of Batsheva Dance Company, Bobbi-Jene Smith and Or Schraiber.

The film follows the two dancers to a farmhouse nestled in the Catskills mountains where we explore multiple, non-linear time slices of their relationship over its rich and dynamic course. As the leaves shift from young and lush greenery into the rich, colorful decay of the late autumn, the growth of the courtship, marriage, start of a family and all of the struggles that come with that journey are collapsed into one many-sided visual which attempts to portray the uncollapsible complexity of relationship through a combination of traditional narrative filmmaking and documentary.

The directors, Derrick Belcham and Emily Terndrup, have worked together on a variety of film and dance projects for the better part of the last decade, most notably their three-show commission from The Knockdown Center in 2014-2016 that fused evening-length immersive dance theater with live scoring from some of the time’s most prominent names in independent music, including Blonde Redhead, Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire and Julianna Barwick. This is the third project Belcham has worked with the Antlers on, having directed their video for Hotel and having created a dance-centered visual album at the Philip Johnson Glass House for Peter Silberman’s solo record in 2018.

  • Derrick Belcham
    At Noon Fell A Darkness, If I Sound Happy, That's Your Mistake
  • Emily Terndrup
    Otis Walks Into The Woods, Fable
  • Bobbi-Jene Smith
    Key Cast
    AVIVA, Mari
  • Or Schraiber
    Key Cast
    The Way Of The Wind, Shivta
  • Peter Silberman
    The Antlers
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  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 8mm
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Director Biography - Derrick Belcham, Emily Terndrup

Derrick Belcham is a Canadian filmmaker based out of Brooklyn, NY whose internationally-recognized work in documentary and music video has led him to work with such artists as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon and hundreds of others in music, dance, theater and architecture. He has created works and lectured at such institutions as MoMA PS1, MoCA, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum Of American Art, Musee D'Art Contemporain, The Philip Johnson Glass House, Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati. His work regularly appears in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Pitchfork, NPR and Rolling Stone as well as being screened at short, dance and experimental festivals and retrospectives around the world.

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Emily Terndrup was born in Des Moines, Iowa, Emily Terndrup is a performer, choreographer, and director based in New York City. Emily has spent much of the past decade working in immersive dance theater as a performer and rehearsal director for Punchdrunk's acclaimed 'Sleep No More' (2012-2019) in both New York and Shanghai. As a company member with Gallim Dance (2012-2014), she performed choreographer Andrea Miller's I Can See Myself in Your Pupil, Blush, Wonderland, Fold Here, and Mama Call throughout the US, Europe, and South America. Emily has also collaborated and performed with choreographers Bobbi Jene Smith, Luke Murphy-Attic Projects, Shannon Gillen + Guests, and Gregory Dolbashian. ⁠