Short Film: DOORS, 7min., USA, Dance

Doors was created in collaboration with three choreographers who designed scenes of movement with three very different, unique doors. This piece explores moving in outdoor spaces where doors appear in both nature and as brick n mortar. The camera was a witness to what was revealed.

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Director BIO: Alisa Rasera

Alisa Rasera (she/her) began a dance career in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996. Throughout the last two and a half decades she has collected many diverse experiences as a dance artist, educator, choreographer, arts administrator and now filmmaker. For 8 years she was a Dancer and the Education Director for Oakland based AXIS Dance Company. She was a teaching artist with Luna Dance Institute for 7 years leading inquiry-based learning on making dance more accessible and inclusive. Alisa produces her own repertory of choreography including her latest dance film “Doors.” Her early inspirations for collaboration come from her training roots at the California Institute of the Arts. Alisa is a trained Audio Describer with Gravity Access for live performances. Alisa believes dance belongs to everyone tries to convey that through her work on stage and on screen.

Director Statement

This project began before the pandemic. The idea of what we (especially women) allow to be seen when the door is open and what we isolate from when it is closed ,was never related to what the world actually ended up experiencing. My perspective of the piece naturally shifted but in ways that brought me closer to seeing my relationship to the different doors & passages as both restrictive and liberating. Creating the work with more than one choreographer , introduced multiple perspectives of representation for each door , as well as space to play with the eye behind the camera. Doors was filmed in the lush settings of the Oakland Hills, the vastness of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and in the uniqueness of Alameda’s quirky architecture.
Alisa holds a BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Dance from New York University. She is an Adjunct Professor in the dance department at Mills College in Oakland, Ca.

*I believe strongly in making dance accessible for all. An audio described version of the film is available upon request.*

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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