A film incorporating video projection and dance, Synchronic follows the progression of a single woman depicted as two characters: one open and free, existing forever through videography; the other confined by the time and space of the material world. The two come together in this award-winning film created through the intricate layering of oceans and fields over cold man-made surroundings.​

Awarded Best of Festival, Best of Mount Holyoke, and Best Dance-on-Camera at the Five College Film Festival (2009) in Amherst, MA, USA.

Selected as one of 14 award finalists at the finale screening of the international Festival Cinematica: Immagine in Movimento (2019) in Ancona, Italy.

  • Merli V. Guerra
  • Merli V. Guerra
  • Ellie Radue
    Camera Assistants
  • Samantha DeSuze
    Camera Assistants
  • Kaitlin McCarthy
    Camera Assistants
  • Brittany Maldonado
    Camera Assistants
  • Kim Allen
    Camera Assistants
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Dance, Dance on Camera, Dance Film, Experimental, Video Projection, Art, Art Film
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 16, 2008
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    April 14, 2019
    European Premiere
    One of 14 award finalists at the finale screening
    Amherst MA
    United States
    February 27, 2009
    World Premiere
    WINNER OF 3 AWARDS: Best of Festival; Best Dance-on-Camera; Best of Mount Holyoke College
Director Biography - Merli V. Guerra

Merli V. Guerra (MFA in Dance, Rutgers University) is a professional choreographer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist with a background in ballet, modern, and classical Odissi Indian dance. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance Company—merging dance with video projection and nontraditional lighting design in Boston, MA, since 2010—and has performed lead roles with acclaimed companies on tours to India (2007, 2012) and Japan (2009). Guerra is a freelance choreographer, filmmaker, writer, and graphic designer whose works have been presented by 80+ events across the U.S., and abroad in Argentina, Canada, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. She is a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s prestigious Gold Star Award for her work with site-specific dance and community engagement, and presented on her work with merging dance and history through AR/VR/XR technologies at Our World Heritage International Globinar 2.0 (2021), and Harvard University Virtual/Augmented Reality (2021). Guerra now continues her work in Boston in addition to her more recent work in the Mid-Atlantic, where she is a Part-Time Lecturer.

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