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Crying on The Island They Own

kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2022

Official Selection Film Spotlight

Crying on The Island They Own

00:08:31 / New York, New York, USA

Even in a bubble where there is nothing but tension, one would choose to stay in it if it mean’t they could stay wealthy.

How do you think your film relates to the NBFF 2022 Theme 'Dancing Around the World'?

I think that no matter where you are in the world, there is usually some level of wealth inequality. This being a universal phenomenon makes this film universally relatable, no matter where you are in the world.

What do you hope to communicate with our audience through your work?

I guess in the end what I really wanted to say with this film is that in the end we as humans are all the same, and that unconsciously we always find dependency on other people. The film presents a party of wealthy people who are in a strange bubble of a dinner party in the middle of nowhere, but then as the film shifts into a different space where all the fancy apparel are shed, the film explores the true dependency the patrons have on the server.

Joan Dwiartanto is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, and has taken a keen interest in Dance filmmaking. Other than creating her works, Joan has worked closely with principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre James Whiteside in creating his own Ballet film Marilyn’s Funeral in 2021. And she has worked on a film as a co-director alongside director Maggie Scranton representing Juilliard in the Park Avenue Armory’s virtual film event 100 Years | 100 women in 2020. Joan has now completed her own dance short, Crying on the Island They Own which has now won multiple film festival awards.

Director/Choreographer: Joan Dwiartanto Co-director/Choreographer: Cyrie Topete Cast: Holden Cole, Jada German, Cali Hollister, Matthew Johnson, Eleni Loving Cinematographer: Alexander Sargent Music Composer: Nicholas Marsella

SFX and Foley: Julian Buitrago

Production Assistant: Austin Sylva



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