Dance Filmmakers Win in California

Table Manners_Stopping at Red Lights Image Credit Luca Truffarelli

Dublin-based dance filmmakers, Ingrid Nachstern and Luca Truffarelli, have won an Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California, USA.


The award was given in the Film Short category for Table Manners/ Stopping at Red Lights, an exciting short dance film, featuring an exceptional cast of Lucia Kickham and Michael Cooney with Ingrid Nachstern, who also directed and choreographed, and Michael Gallen on sound.


Delighted to be getting the award, Nachstern stated, “This is the first film Luca Truffarelli and I have made together. It was first performed as a dance piece in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in 2013 and we were encouraged to produce it as a film.  We are delighted to be getting the recognition for the film, both nationally and internationally, on what is a rapidly developing screendance circuit.”


‘Filmed by Truffarelli in Clonskeagh, Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights’ is a light-hearted look at public/private behaviour. Every one wears a ‘public’ mask.  Prompted by the story of a man several years ago in the North of England who went on a killing spree through many villages, killing people on the way yet stopping at the red lights. There are also comments regarding over-consumption of food, abuse of resources and over-reliance on medication’.


Trufarelli added “We have just come back from Bari Italy where we shot our second dance film of 26 scenes in 18 hours, entitled Freedom-to go!.  It is a commentary on present day America in verse and we are very excited about it.”


The film was also selected for the AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL’S 2015 INTERNATIONAL SCREENDANCE FESTIVAL in Durham, North Carolina and was screened on June 28th at the Nasher Museum at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Two other Irish films are due to be screened at the Festival, Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherly’s In the Bell’s Shadow and Luke Murphy and David Fishel’s film, Your Own Man.


The film Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights has also been nominated for best Irish screendance short at the inaugural Light Moves Screendance Festival in Limerick last year (Curators – Simpson & Wycherly) and was accepted for Live Action Shorts Montana USA 2015 and Tocht Festival of Dance 2015 in Kerry.




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