3rd San Joaquin International Film Festival
Film

Dancing Across Borders
Documentary Feature-Length Film
88 min | USA, Cambodia | 2009
Director: Anne Bass
Language: English, Khmer, English Subtitles

Northern California Premiere

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DESCRIPTION

On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a sixteen-year-old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing natural charm and grace as a dancer. A longtime devotee of the world of dance, Bass felt compelled to give this young boy the opportunity to leave his home and follow a dream that he could not yet have fully imagined. From the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of New York’s School of American Ballet to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, DANCING ACROSS BORDERS peeks behind the scenes into the world of dance and chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of a boy who was discovered, and who only much later discovered all that he had in himself.

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

• World Premiere at 2009 Seattle International Film Festival
• Official Selection of 2009 Dance on Camera Film Festival, New York City
• Official Selection of 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival

ABOUT DIRECTOR ANNE BASS

Director

Anne Bass has a long history of involvement in the arts and Cambodia. She has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the Fort Worth Ballet where she founded the company’s ballet school, New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She is also on the board of the American Friends of the Paris Opera Ballet. In Cambodia, Bass is Vice President of the Board of the Center for Khmer Studies—the only Southeast Asian member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. In 2006, working with the Center and with The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library, Bass initiated the Khmer Dance Project which will: Identify existing documents relating to Khmer dance; Film and document the dance of the Khmer people as it is practiced and remembered by Khmer dancers today; Preserve the Khmer dance heritage for future generations of Khmer people and for the world, bringing the Khmer dance heritage to the attention of a global audience. Bass is a graduate of Vassar College and is a former contributing editor of Vogue and House and Garden. In addition, she was a member of President Reagan’s Task Force on the Arts. Dancing Across Borders is her first film.

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Film Still One (Sokvannara Sar and Philip Glass)

 

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SHOWTIMES

SUN. 02/21 at 3:00PM
Stockton Empire Theatre

CAST AND CREW

Director: Anne H. Bass
Producer:
Catherine Tatge, Anne H. Bass
Cinematographer: Robert Elfstrom, Anthony Forma, Tom Hurwitz
Editor: Mark Sutton, Girish Bhargava
Music: Dengue Fever, Sapoun Midada, Flora Arbitman, Philip Glass
Principal Cast: Sokvannara (Sy) Sar

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