HEAD FIRST 2010 Running Time3 minutes
Director / Choreographer Jody Oberfelder
Cinematography: Sam Heesen
Editing: Design Brooklyn
Music: Bagdads (Steve Housepian/Jody Oberfelder)
Assistant to Director: Meg Madorin
Special thanks to Spin City Cycle, Bicycles, Susan Morris, Samantha Dunsdon, Yana Oberfelder-Riehm, Juergen Riehm, Malik Houari, Jimmy Carbone, Meg Madorin, Sydney Skybetter, Clare Cook, Design Brooklyn
LineAge, directed by choreographer Jody Oberfelder, contrasts the lines of our bodies with lines in landscape--imprints of time in nature and human nature. Martha Myers, 80 years old, breathes with the lineage of our dance community. Shot by Bessie Award winning cinematographer Ronald K. Gray, and edited by Janice Ahn, we are the heroes of the lines of our lives.
"CHANCE ENCOUNTERS", a six and a half minute B/W experimental film, is a collaboration between director/choreographer Jody Oberfelder, cinematographer Ben Speth and editor Aileen Buller. Through in-camera effects, experimentation and improvisation, "CHANCE ENCOUNTERS" explores the moment when film and dance meet. By eschewing a technocratic approach to filmmaking and preset choreography the dance and film spring from a tangential logic wherein an image spurs movement and movement spurs image.
This film is a unique result of three professionals: a choreographer, cinematographer, and editor. Most of the film/dance encounters were unplanned. The double exposures came out of a chance backwinding in the camera. Although non-narrative, the film's energy and flow is organized by images colliding in evocative clusters. A strong sense of human spirit and mutual support seeps into this uplifting, dream-like collage. The everpresent grit in the city is softened by dancers tumbling and rolling to the ground, appearing to be diving under oncoming cars on a Brooklyn steeet. The camera roams through stained glass corridors as dancers carry one another ceremoniously. In this poetic collage of images, the heart and nature of people creates an undertow of gentle humanity.
This film was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Film Program .
Duet 1990 Running Time 10 minutes
Choreographed and Performed by: Jody Oberfelder
Cinematographer: Ben Speth
Sound: Florian Michel
To a score of fetal heartbeats, Jody Oberfelder's award winning 16 mm Black/White film "Duet" (made in collaboration with cinematographer Ben Speth) is an intimate view of a woman and her unborn child. The piece captures the temporal aspects of pregnancy, its luscious physicality, and animal qualities.
This piece has won prizes from The Dance on Camera Festival, The New York Film Expo, and the Festival Internacional de Video Dance.