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Globe Trot (2015 Festival Entry)

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(MUSIC/DANCE)(50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance)
An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 50 filmmakers on all seven continents each shoot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller.

Awards: WorldFest Houston, First Prize (opening night film); Black Maria Film Fest, Directors’ Choice Award; Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Ohio Film; Crossroads Film Festival, Best Experimental Film; Short Waves (Poland), Audience Award; Columbus Int Film Festival, Best Experimental Film; Soc for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Best Short; Berkeley Film + Video Festival, Grand Festival Award; San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Best Editing

Cast: People found on the street

Crew:
Director, Producer, Editor: Mitchell Rose
Choreographer: Bebe Miller
Composer: William Goodrum
Camera: 50 filmmakers in 23 countries

Back Story:
In my last few films, I’ve been experimenting with what I call “Hyper-Matchcutting”—where every adjacent edit is perfectly aligned in position and continuity. In this film, I also explore my long-term interest in “Instructional Collaboration”—in enabling people to do complicated things, remotely, via instructions or scores. I cajoled 54 filmmakers in 23 countries (representing all seven continents including Antarctica) to each contribute two seconds of precise footage that I edited together. 15 months of work, a 3-minute film.

I wanted the filmmakers to shoot non-dancers so it would have a genuine quality—a dance of the everyman. The hope was that seeing such a diversity of people all working to create something beautiful together would convey a sense of the unity of humanity.
I’m very happy with Globe Trot and the film means a lot to me. I’ve made 25 films, in which I’ve done funny, I’ve done dramatic and conceptual and beautiful… but I’ve never done joyous. And it feels good to do so in a celebration of humanity. I remember when I first showed a rough cut to the choreographer Bebe Miller, her reaction was, “I love people!” That’s exactly the response I want.

This technique of Hyper-Matchcutting has the effect of creating equalization. When a new image takes the place of an old image, with the same continuity of action, it says, These things are equal. And that’s what I hope the message of Globe Trot is — that people, all over the world, are equal.

15 months for a three minute film. A headache a day.

Website: http://www.mitchellrose.com/globetrot/

For a shot-by-shot list of locations and filmmakers, go to http://www.mitchellrose.com/globetrot…
To view the Globe Trot training materials (and to see more films) visit http://www.mitchellrose.com/
See a PowerPoint presentation on “the making of” at http://youtu.be/oCxDxTSH6Lw