kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2021
Official Selection Filmmaker Spotlight
Rock is Broken by Liz Sargent
New York, New York, United States
MacArthur award winning performing artist Eiko Otake evokes the shock, despair and forced acceptance of loss against the real life dystopian landscape of the burnt ruins of the Dorris Duke Theater at Jacob's Pillow.
LIZ SARGENT’s extensive background in dance informs her process in film. The NYTimes describes her work as “imaginative...both lovely and disturbing”. Her film STRANGERS’ REUNION is an exploration of the pressure to reunite across language and culture. The script for Ritz Carlton & Hearst was 1 of 5 winning films to be produced with RSA Hong Kong, Final Cut NY, mentored by Mike Figgis. Sargent’s New York EMMY winning short film SLOW DOWN (WNET/ALLARTS) captures the themes of LMCC’s River To River Festival. ‘Every Moment Alters’ created with Pam Tanowitz and Fisher Center @ BARD premiered at the Venice Biennale Danza. She is a producer for Cyprian Films, New York.
EIKO OTAKE was born and raised in Japan and a resident of New York since 1976, Eiko Otake is a movement–based, interdisciplinary artist. After working for more than forty years as Eiko & Koma, she now performs as a soloist and directs her own projects collaborating with a diverse range of artists. Her work as 'Eiko & Koma’ was awarded the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship (1996) and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004) and the Dance Magazine Award (2006).