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REEL ART: Speak will run on weekend evenings, Friday- Sunday October 9th to November 15th, from 7PM. 

Core Dance presents... REEL ART

Core Dance welcomes Georgians to enjoy a video installation that streams over the weekends on our studio windows at 133 Sycamore Street, 30030, on the Decatur Square.

Currently Playing: SPEAK

Core Dance is now hosting, SPEAK, a series of films from filmmakers around the country that amplify BIPOC voices - through art and in the arts. ​The streaming on Decatur Square allows for outdoor, socially distanced viewing opportunities. 

The event will run on Friday, October 9th to Sunday, November 15th, and will run on the weekends (Friday evening to Sunday night).

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The current video installation, features the following Artists and Projects:

“Hanging Tree Guitars:
​the Art of Freeman Vines”

Susan B. Ades - Editor

​About the Project:
To meet Freeman Vines is to meet America itself. An artist, a luthier and a spiritual philosopher, Vines’ life is a roadmap of the truths and contradictions of the American South. He remembers the hidden histories of the eastern North Carolina land on which his family has lived since enslavement. For over 50 years Vines has transformed materials culled from a forgotten landscape in his relentless pursuit of building a guitar capable of producing a singular tone that has haunted his dreams. From tobacco barns, mule troughs, and radio parts he has created hand-carved guitars, each instrument seasoned down to the grain by the echoes of its past life. In 2015 Vines befriends photographer Timothy Duffy and the two begin to document the guitars, setting off a mutual outpouring of the creative spirit. But when Vines acquires a mysterious stack of wood from the site of a lynching, Vines and Duffy find themselves each grappling with the spiritual unrest and the psychic toll of racial violence living in the very grain of America.

“May Gray, June Gloom” ​

Video by Horatio Baltz

About the Artist:
Horatio Baltz is a Los Angeles based photographer and award-winning fiction & non-fiction filmmaker whose work often centers around the dreams and aspirations of ordinary people. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Variety, The New Yorker, and various other publications. He has received mentorship from Werner Herzog and Alec Soth. He has an18 pound tuxedo cat named Gary that he loves very, very much.​

"That Old Black Magic"

Video by Zach Wolfe

About the project:
In this brief video, director Zach Wolfe captures David Williams, performing as Sammy Davis Jr., singing “That Old Black Music,” written in 1942 by Harold Arlen and the great Savannah lyricist Johnny Mercer.

"Wise Beyond Our Years"

Direction & Cinematography: Zachary Todd

About the project:
Zachary’s first film project, Wise Beyond Our Years, is an interweaving of ten episodes, which embrace the differences and inherent beauty of being black with fierceness and frankness.

About the Artist:
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Zachary is a multi-disciplinary artist that focuses on dance, choreography, visual mixed media work, and filmmaking. Zachary is a graduate of the prestigious Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and a former member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, The Atlanta Dance Connection, The Proia Dance Project, and Okwae A. Miller & Artists. He has had the opportunity to perform the works of noted choreographers as well as serve as an instructor for several summer intensive programs, master classes, and lecture demonstrations. Zachary’s filmmaking and visual art practice is grounded in his dance background. Whether he’s working on a live performance or choreographing for film, Zachary uses movement as a means to create a sense of community and connection between the artist(s) and the audience.

"The Sound and the Fury of Jericho Brown"

Story by Josina Guess | Video & Photographs by Darnell Wilburn

About the Project:
In this terrible spring of 2020 Jericho Brown has a lot to celebrate. His third book, The Tradition, won the Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Lambda Literary Trustees’ Award for groundbreaking work in LGBTQ literature and culture. Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Brown now lives, writes, and teaches in Atlanta at Emory University. His poetry deftly names the forces — be it cop, disease, or addiction —  that would have him dead, while he celebrates the beauty, be it in a flower, in a lover’s embrace, or in anything that helps him thrive in this burning world. 

"Project Your Vote"

Film by Packard Jennings with consultation, styling and casting by Felicia

Gonzales w/ Loushana Roybal Rose and Project Production by social practice artist and political work Jessica Tully.

About the Project:

Project Your Vote is a nonpartisan project that promotes participation in the democratic process of voting through large scale projections. In partnership with Center for Artistic Activism as part of the Unstoppable Voters.

Our Goals: Highlight where early local polling places and ballot drop off boxes are located, build voting energy and excitement, especially in cities with a history of voter suppression in battleground states, inform voters about where to find help for voting issues (866-OUR-VOTE), and to remind us all how hard won the right to vote was by making a visual connection to the civil rights movement of the1960’s.

Each person in the film moves from crouching to standing tall as they go from black and white to full color, both in 1963 civil rights period dress to today’s style. Each sign is two-sided. The first side is a historic replica of a sign at the 1963 March on Washington, the second side uplifts current voting messages, including 866 OUR-VOTE – the nation- wide voter protection hotline. That number is live and works by text or phone. It is the key to answering any voter question in any state – from polling place locations, to helping voters resolve questions or problems at the polls.

"Bitter Earth"

Creative Direction: Kamryn Harris, Raianna Brown, & Ta Nycia Wooden

Choreographer: Raianna Brown

Director & Videographer: Kamryn Harris

Production Design: Ta Nycia Wooden

Music: Max Richter & Dinah Washington

About the Project:

There is a certain magic to be found at the edge, at the edge of hopelessness. At the edge of what we think we can handle. The idea for this film was actually created weeks before the onset of quarantine and the change in American zeitgeist brought on by COVID-19. 

We wanted to look at what it felt like to be so lost, so engulfed, that all you can do is move. What comes from that movement, what does it bear into the world? Which frustrations, joys, fears, and memories begin to leak through the cracks of a foundation that has been shook? What power lies beyond the edge? 

About the Artist:

Raianna Brown exhibits the dynamism through her multidisciplinary work. She is the founder of Komansé Dance Theater. Komansé’s sold-out shows integrated technology and the arts. The shows centered on the narratives of marginalized people, using technology to amplify the performance. Raianna’s other accomplishments in the world of dance include choreographing commissioned pieces for the NAACP, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office, Grammy-nominated artists, and international dance companies, and dancing alongside Shakira in Super Bowl LIV. Raianna has been featured in Teen Vogue, Elle, and has been interviewed on NPR about her work combining social activism, engineering, and the arts. 

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