Zooming - Pandemic Dance No. 2

The film begins with an experiment for a dance on camera inspired by a technology with which we're all now spending considerable time, yet takes another path as it absorbs a personal tragedy - the death of my cousin. I invite the audience to join me in a fantasy about life outside, and to consider the fragmented nature of a medium which has become a substitute for connection even during the most precious moments of human experience.

  • Richard Daniels
    Director
    Dances for an iPhone, Reuven Does the Neighborhood One Last Time, silently, a bloom...
  • Richard Daniels
    Producer
  • Richard Daniels
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 52 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Košice International Monthly Film Festival
    Košice
    Slovenia
    January 11, 2021
    European Premiere
    Monthly Winner Super Short Film
  • Bridge Fest
    Vancouver
    Canada
    May 6, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Overall Monthly Winner Social Media Short Films
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    November 10, 2021
    Finalist & Honorable Mention Award
  • Cotswold International Film Festival
    Cotswolds
    United Kingdom
    March 7, 2021
    United Kingdom Premiere
    Best Super Short Film
  • Art Film Awards
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    December 2, 2021
    Best Quarantine Film
  • London International Monthly Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 10, 2022
    Finalist - Best Music/Dance/Art Film
  • FilmFest by Rogue Dancer
    Raleigh, NC
    United States
    March 19, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Aphrodite Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    April 2, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Vermiose Film Festival
    Bordeaux
    France
    April 2, 2021
    France Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Mindfield Film Festival
    Albuquerque
    United States
    August 26, 2021
    Best @home COVID-19 Experimental Short - Platinum Award
  • Vermiose Film Festival
    Bordeaux
    France
    April 2, 2021
    Official Selection
  • SounDance Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    April 20, 2021
    Spain and Argentina Premiere
    Best New Media Dance Film
  • Iconic Images Film Festival
    Vilnius
    Lithuania
    April 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • BLASTOFF
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    May 29, 2021
    Quarter-Finalist Short Film
  • Dance & Media Japan International Dance Film Festival
    Japan
    Japan
    September 21, 2021
    Japan Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Anatolia Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    May 23, 2021
    Turkey Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Art 2021
    Bergamo
    Italy
    July 21, 2021
    Italy Premiere
    Official Selection
  • AXD Short Film Festival
    Alexandroupolis
    Greece
    June 25, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • The Macoproject Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    July 24, 2021
    Honorable Mention Experimental Films
  • Sweet Life Film Festival
    Agropoli
    Italy
    August 10, 2021
  • Threadbare Mitten Film Festival
    Lansing
    United States
    September 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Sao Carlos Videodance Festival
    Sao Carlos
    Brazil
    September 26, 2021
    Brazil Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Red Moon Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    September 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • InShadow
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    November 25, 2021
    Portugal Premiere
  • Film & Video Symposium
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • OutFest
    Santo Domingo
    Dominican Republic
    December 2, 2021
    Dominican Republic Premiere
    Official Selection
  • All that Moves International Film Festival
    São Paolo
    Brazil
    December 4, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Human Shades
    Milan
    Italy
    September 28, 2022
    Best Dance
Director Biography - Richard Daniels

"The Pandemic Dances” is a product of the times and limitations through which we’re living. Two films are complete and in circulation: “A Dance for A – Pandemic Dance No. 1;” and “Zooming – Pandemic Dance No. 2.” Three more films are in production. This series is made with at-hand elements: smart phones, portable lighting, computers, green screen, and shot entirely within the confines of my apartment. The series aims to capture elements of the experience of this time through close-up footage of body movements and gesture work, and is a natural outgrowth of my previous Dances for an iPhone films. Yet this will be a first effort in capturing autobiographical work on film. In the brief time in which the series has been released, it has already been accepted into 14 film festivals and won 6 awards.

“The Pandemic Dances” follow two other award-winning documentaries by Richard Daniels. “Reuven Does the Neighborhood One Last Time,” is a short about Reuven's last journey around his first neighborhood before moving away to a new one. Places he used to love, things he used to do, where he would eat and play, memories and curiosities about his origins explored together with his parents, blend together to shape up Reuven's universe, defining the first six years of his childhood. 8 Film Festival Awards; 17 Film Festivals

"silently, a bloom...," is Mr. Daniels’s short 2016 documentary on the work of artist photographer Stanley Goldberg. The film follows Mr. Goldberg as he finds inspiration in two gardens, prepares work for an exhibition, and allows us to him accompany to the opening. 6 film festival awards; 13 film festivals

Daniels is perhaps best known for his series of Dances for an iPhone Apps, which used technology as a medium in order to transmit modern dance to the general public and which contain 28 short dance films by Richard Daniels. Its volumes have acquired more than 18,000 downloads in over 110 countries. The award-winning DANCING SONDHEIM (Volume 4) encompasses 7 short dance movies with choreography by Daniels and Christopher Caines, all employing the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Dances for an iPhone's Apps and short dance movies were celebrated in public events at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival, and others. Dancing Sondheim was given an Award of Merit for Dance, Drama, Entertainment and Variety at the IndieFEST Film Awards, the Award of Merit for Choreography at the Accolade Global Film Awards, Honorary Mention Award at the Colortape International Film Festival (Australia), and an International Award of Excellence from the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality. Its movies have also been screened in 15 film international film festivals.

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Director Statement

"The Pandemic Dances” flows from my previous dance-on-camera pursuits. Sheltered at home due to pandemic, miles apart from and grappling with my mother’s final days, I created a small dance for her utilizing at-hand elements of lighting, sound, set. This first film is leading into a series seeking to capture the character of the moment in which we're living through intimate dances in interior settings - my first effort to capture autobiographical work on film in movement and imagery.