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Screen. Dance. Now. is a one-day festival that showcases feature films, screendance shorts, artists talks, and workshops. We define “screendance” as a version or style of media at the intersections of film and dance.

This year’s event is produced by  Joanna McNamara of JMC/PRODUCTIONS and  Marcus White/White Werx.




11:00-12:00 DocuDance Series

Program featuring high school and college mini-documentaries about or related to dance. Curated by Joanna McNamara

1:00-2:00pm IN/Focus program

Films by emerging screendance makers followed by a panel discussion with IN/Focus screendance makers

4:00- 5:30 Moving24fps program

Features screendances created as a part of the Detroit weekend workshop experience

 6:30-7:30 Screendance Shorts Series

Features dance shorts from nationally and internationally acclaimed screendance makers. The Screendance Shorts Series features work by cutting-edge dance filmmakers who are pushing the envelope of the genre. Curated by Marcus White.


8:00-10:00  Feature – Jitterbugs: Pioneers of Jit


Followed by performance and discussion with Haleem ‘Stringz’ Rasul and Hardcore Detroit.




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Photo Credit: Andrzej Milosz



About the Curators

jmcnamara-2Dr. Joanna McNamara is a contemporary choreographer, dance film maker and scholar with an interest in capturing the convergence of relationships and activities reflective of Detroit and other urban landscapes. Her dance films have been presented in conjunction with the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall (2014 and 2016), at the International Video Dance Festival in South Korea (2015 and 2016, 2017), at Detroit Dance City Festival, on CTN-TV Ann Arbor, and in a variety of other regional and national venues.  Joanna’s dance film “LANDcakeLOCK,” which was made for Moving24FPS, was awarded Audience Choice and presented as part of Detroit’s Cinetopia Film Festival (2017). Her chapter, “Filming Jitland; Detroit Redux,”will soon be published in Dance World: Phenomenologies of Body in Performance, (University Illinois Press, Sondra Fraleigh ed). It is about the process of making her latest dance film, “Jitland: Detroit Redux” (2016), at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, along with Detroit Jit dancer and choreographer Haleem “Stringz” Rasul.  Joanna is creative director of JMc/PRODUCTIONS, and is a professor in the School of Music and Dance at Eastern Michigan University.


15936587_1223225574398695_2133486997495581670_oMarcus White is an American movement maker, educator, community engagement advocate and cultural WERKer. His work has been described as “ingenious” and “vulnerable” by the Chicago Tribune and according to Dance Panorama is “bold”. As Founder and Creative Director of Detroit-based performance company White Werx,  he creates dance-driven work for the stage and screen.  White’s teaching and creative practice centralizes embodied performance as transformational and are informed by his experiences and embodied investigations of urban, social and postmodern contemporary dance.  Marcus currently serves on the faculty at Arizona State University within the Herberger  Institute for Design and the Arts. MFA-University of Michigan


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    White Werx is a movement-driven performance company based in Detroit, MI. White Werx serves as a bridge to center professional performance that connects diverse communities around innovative cultural ideas.