Daniel Mollner has made it his mission to make 52 dance films this year. (KatKimDesign.com)
“I Dance” (Week 2) Mollner’s second film might be his most honest. It’s just him and the open floor. Affirmations scroll across the screen explaining why Mollner dances (“to get out of my head and into my body”). The seven-minute film is like a thesis statement for the entire project.
“No Right Turn” (Week 10) Film noir goes postmodern. In this mostly black-and-white piece, three dancers find creative forms of visual expression over a remix of new and old music.
“Full Contact” (Week 15) Two football players (Mollner and friend Brandon Stewart) line up for a mud-slinging practice. What unfolds is a work of art.
“Mother and Child” (Week 19) Mollner’s “Happy Mother’s Day” piece features a young mother holding her newborn baby and dancing as she narrates an email to her own mother.
“Concrete Buddha” (Week 22) “There’s no such thing as a concrete Buddha,” this amusing film tells its audience, “Only concrete shaped like a Buddha.” That’s deep. The message conveyed, as dancing hippies try hard to relax and meditate, is that spirituality can’t be chased. It must be found.