The word apostasy evokes abandonment and renunciation. Projected into our world of epidemic gun violence, “Apostasy” is a film about shaking free from conflict, and destroying oneself – to embrace apostasy, and find peace. Filmmaker H. Paul Moon’s floating camera, Paul Singh’s dance drama, and Chester Hawkins’ bracing score combine into this transcendent work of dance film beyond borders.

  • H. Paul Moon
  • Paul Singh
    Key Cast
  • Chester Hawkins
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 4, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • d'MOTION International Dance Festival
    December 1, 2015
    Asia Premiere
  • Film Festival at Little Washington
    Washington, Virginia
    United States
    April 9, 2016
    Virginia Premiere
  • dança em foco – Festival Internacional de Vídeo & Dança
    Rio de Janeiro
    May 24, 2016
    South American Premiere
  • Atlanta Underground Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    August 19, 2016
    Georgia Premiere
  • PUSH! Film Festival
    Bristol, Tennessee
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    Tennessee Premiere
  • Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
    Boulder, Colorado
    United States
    October 30, 2016
    Colorado Premiere
  • InShadow - Festival Internacional de Vídeo, Performance e Tecnologias
    November 30, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Festival Internacional de Videodanza de la Ciudad de México
    Mexico City
    December 7, 2016
    Mexico Premiere
  • Richmond International Film Festival
    Richmond, Virginia
    United States
    March 4, 2017
    Richmond Premiere
  • Philadelphia Screendance Festival
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    United States
    March 4, 2017
    Pennsylvania Premiere
  • Tapas Film Festival
    April 6, 2017
    India Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Athens Video Dance Project
    April 27, 2017
    Greece Premiere
    Official Selection
  • American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers
    Durham, North Carolina
    United States
    January 28, 2018
    North Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • DesArts//DesCinés Dance & Cinema Festival
    May 14, 2018
    French Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - H. Paul Moon

H. Paul Moon (zenviolence.com) is a filmmaker, professor and attorney whose works include short and feature-length documentaries, featured and awarded at over two hundred film festivals worldwide. He teaches editing at Docs In Progress and George Mason University, and manages a network of online communities at focuspulling.com and docofilm.com that keep pace with new camera technologies and documentary news. Works include "Sitka: A Piano Documentary" (sitkadoc.com) about the craftsmanship of Steinway pianos, and "Quartet for the End of Time" (quatuor.xyz) about Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent WWII composition. Moon's first feature, an acclaimed and award-winning documentary about the life and music of American composer Samuel Barber (samuelbarberfilm.com), premiered on PBS, and he is currently finishing another documentary feature about Western poetry (westdocumentary.com). His ongoing bicentennial multimedia works on poet Walt Whitman are featured at whitmanonfilm.com.  Moon's latest film is an operatic adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (scroogeopera.com), awarded "Critic's Choice" by Opera News as a "thoroughly enjoyable film version, insightfully conceived and directed" with "first-rate and remarkably illustrative storytelling."

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