A (Free) Dance Film for the Non-Dance Fan
John Keats wrote "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" which would certainly apply to Jacob Krupnick's feature length dance film GIRL WALK // ALL DAY (aka GIRL WALK: ALL DAY). This film is unique in so many ways, from the conception and execution to the presentation and distribution. This film is being made available for viewing ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE at the official website: http://girlwalkallday.com, so there is no reason not to check it out. Trust me - you will be happy that you did, and you might even thank me for bringing your attention to this wonderful little gem.
I am no fan of dance. You will not catch me watching DANCING WITH THE STARS or SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. I earned my bachelor's degree in Theater and am a film fanatic, so I do have an appreciation for all of the arts. I simply have a greater affinity for other art forms. Regardless of my tastes and preferences, the experience of watching GIRL WALK // ALL DAY was one of the most joyous experiences that I have had while watching a film. There is such a palpable sense of elation and happiness generated by the film's talented cast - particularly by the lead Anne Marsen, that I found myself with a cheesy grin plastered across my face for the entire running time (and even for an hour or more afterward). No matter what your predilictions, if you have a pulse, this film will make you smile.
GIRL WALK // ALL DAY is divided into 12 chapters that can be viewed individually, although I would recommend watching the film in a single sitting for maximum effect. There is no spoken dialogue in the film, but it tells a story nonetheless. The film begins with black-and-white footage of ballet studio where listless students move lethargically to a single piano in the corner while being pushed and molded into form by their frowning teacher. Suddenly the picture shifts into vibrant color to the strains of an urban remix/mashup of "War Pigs" (In fact, all of the music in the film consists of hip-hop remixes of rock/pop songs from the eighties and nineties). "The Girl" (Anne Marsen) breaks out into a modern urban dance style as she "gets up in the grille" of her fellow students and instructor. She dons a jacket that she takes from her teacher's shoulders, and then she's out the door into the streets of The Big Apple. The rest of the film follows The Girl as she quite literally dances her way across the varied environs of New York City. One would think that this might become stale or repetitive, but the fusion of multiple schools of dance and the visually stunning cinematography keep things fresh from location to location. The Girl encounters other dancers during her explorations, most significantly two characters known only as "The Gent" (Dai Omiya) and "The Creep" (John Doyle). Although it is obvious that we (and The Girl) are supposed to connect primarily with The Gent, it was mainly The Creep that I found most intriguing with his body-popping and his full-body skeleton costume. However, every dancer in the film is a joy to watch and everyone pulls his/her weight. Whether or not you enjoy watching dance, you will enjoy GIRL WALK // ALL DAY. The film has been playing the festival circuit since it was completed, and according to the website, you can schedule screenings in your community. With a donation of $10.00 or more, you can get a copy of the film on dvd with added supplements, but I am personally holding out for the blu-ray disc. Check out the links below for more information.