June 22nd, 2006
winter of the dance

The moment is finally here. Hundreds of you have asked me for it… the film the Winter of the Dance is finally availble for viewing on Current TV. (it was chosen as the staff pick.)
This film has really taken on a life of it’s own and we (my husband Jeff Pitcher, Mike Schwartz and I) have been amazed and awed by the experience. Filmed in my small town of Flesherton Ontario, the short film documents what happens when Jeff and Mike start dancing publicly for a period of several months. It is important to note that the film was created with a canon digital elf, (in film clip mode) and is a wonderful example of “use what you have” to make art. It has screened at festivals everywhere including, Palm Springs, Sonoma, Westwood, Ann Arbor, Nashville. It also received a standing ovation in Ann Arbor (which we missed sadly).
Hope you enjoy it. You may never think the same way about your small digital camera again. Maybe you will be inspired to do a dance of your own.
*note: in the section where Jeff really lets go and goes crazy, (you will know what I mean) he is listening to “Get Behind the Mule” by Tom Waits.
Mike and Jeff are currently hard at work on their next film, the winter of the beard.

Jun 22 2006
12:45 pm
mindi writes:

this is just the best. i love it. thanks so much for the link. :)

Jun 22 2006
1:37 pm
lealou writes:

VERY inspiring! I loved it.

Jun 22 2006
1:39 pm
eliane writes:

Is this the film or a film about the film? I love the dancing but all of the in between explaining stuff I find a tad annoying. To me that feels like you’re underestimating your viewers. And statements like “what I’m doing is unique”…

Jun 22 2006
2:38 pm
Stefanie writes:

I really like the music in the film. It goes very well with the subject and reminds me of the night scenes in my favourite movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Jun 22 2006
2:38 pm
meenu writes:

Man! that was so awesome! thank you for posting it Keri, I was sooo curious to see it all this time since I learned about the project. there is something incredibly joyous about the film and I think a part of that is knowing there are other souls out there that are feeling and thinking about the same things. it gives some assurence and inspiration to forge through and live by the heart instead of by the fear so prevalant in this society.
JahLuv, Meenu

Jun 22 2006
2:48 pm
mary writes:

I was having a bleak day, fueled by pregnancy hormones, like walking thru mud. Thanks for sharing this, it got me unstuck.

Jun 22 2006
3:49 pm
Amy writes:

That was great, thanks so much for sharing!

Jun 22 2006
4:48 pm
sarah writes:

Really enjoyed the clip. Whart was the music?
Is it available?

Jun 22 2006
5:39 pm
kristine writes:

This is great! Best wishes for continued success.

Jun 22 2006
8:31 pm
Debbie writes:

I just watched it with my 4 year old son, and he said it was “beautiful”. Thanks :)

Jun 22 2006
10:02 pm
jenn writes:

The film was lovely. I felt like putting on my ipod and going into the backyard to dance. Thank you for sharing this film with us.

Jun 23 2006
2:17 am
Tara writes:

I live in the beautiful Okanagan of BC, but this film made me homesick for the minus 20 windchill nights in London, Ontario. It reminded me of how “uninhibited” we were as university students: blowing bubbles from our apartment over the Futon Shop to entertain the cars below as they waited at the stop light…having drunken snowball fights with strangers at 3 AM…dancing to Michael Jackson because everyone secretly loves Billy Jean even if they can’t admit it now. Very inspiring! Good Luck!

Jun 23 2006
3:21 am
Christian Kiefer writes:

In case Keri feels weird about plugging it: The music is by Jeff Pitcher (www.jeffpitcher.com) with the exception of an instrumental piano version of Radiohead midway through it.

Jun 23 2006
3:36 am
liz writes:

just wonderful!! thanks for sharing!
liz xx

Jun 23 2006
10:17 am
hannah writes:

what a beautiful experience. i am completely moved, to the point of dancing ;) and am TOTALLY intrigued with this click and shoot digi cam idea… thank you so much for sharing!

Jun 23 2006
12:16 pm
christine writes:

Hurrah! I am so happy to finally have seen this beautiful work. It is so inspiring. I can’t wait to show it to Rama. He has some moves, too — and his willingness to get down has opened me up and taught me, also, to let go.

Jun 24 2006
11:49 am
jiliu writes:

I wanna to communicate with you.

Jun 24 2006
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Jun 24 2006
11:10 pm
Sabine writes:

I’m sure it’s great… I can’t wait to see it!

Jun 25 2006
1:20 am
Tricia writes:

Hey Keri,
Loved “the winter of the dance”!
Happy birthday to you! June 25th:)

Jun 25 2006
2:22 am
Leonie writes:

deLIGHTful and totally CREATE-ive.
blessed BE!

Jun 25 2006
5:09 am
Jenn writes:

It’s really early in the morning in the heat of a Toronto summer, but oh how your film has taken me back to the Flesherton and Lake Eugenia of my youth. I am so thrilled to have seen this film! The happiest days of my life from ages 2-29 were spent up north at my family cottage on the lake. My sister and I danced and ran in the snow–and in summer in the tall grass–together right up until we (sadly and horribly) sold the cottage a couple of years back.
I turned 32 on the 19th of this month and all I could think about was my childhood and teenage years in that little town, at the falls and out on the water. Strangely, I even have video of myself dancing to “Billie Jean” in some crazy eighties leotard get-up while my dad filmed from the deck. Dancing outdoors was always a favourite thing.
One of the last things I did concerning the cottage was to take the man who is now my husband to Flesherton and the lake. It was summer and scorching out. We walked to a little lagoon area I know and I convinced him to strip off in the woods with me and go for a swim. It was a beautiful day that I will never forget, and your film captured the sort of freedom that I felt swimming and floating with the one I love while the clouds (and some boaters, shocked and amused) passed by.
I haven’t had the guts to come back for a visit so far; it’s been too hard. But I will now.
All the best and thank you.
Jenn Doherty

Jun 25 2006
5:14 am
Jenn writes:

OMG! Is it your birthday? Many happy returns, Keri!

Jun 25 2006
5:24 am
Jenn writes:

This is absolutely the last time I will post today(this is my third in the last 20 minutes), but I just read down the page and saw your comments about spending time in the woods with your sister. In light of my earlier post (see below)concerning your short and my time at the cottage and in Flesherton, I am now more choked up than ever and hungry for the forest. I am glad to have happened on this site and will definitely be back.

Jun 25 2006
8:56 am
tricia writes:

I loved the music for the film.
The dancing reminded me of my two little nephews and how they play and dance without any thought of how they appear, the film makes me want to join them.

Jun 25 2006
9:20 am
Kim writes:

oh so wonderful. i love it. thanks!

Jun 25 2006
6:54 pm
Jenny Rebecca writes:

Loved the film!! I put a link to it in my blog. :o)

Jun 26 2006
10:52 am
alison writes:

this reminds me of me in my living room. i put up a link as well. congrats on the wonderful piece!

Jun 26 2006
12:15 pm
Erin writes:

That brought tears to my eyes. Man! Wouldn’t it be great if this turned into a collaborative project and viewers sent in clips of themselves dancing in the snow!?

Jun 26 2006
3:56 pm
Veronica TM writes:

Great film, congratulations to you, Jeff and Mike.

Jun 26 2006
6:40 pm
Sandy writes:

Loved the movie, excellent music. We all need to let go our inhibitions and be more spontaneous. Jeff has the right idea!
Congrats, Sandy

Jun 26 2006
11:33 pm
Christina Kim writes:

Downloaded on 56K but it was worth it!

Jun 27 2006
2:39 pm
SUGARy writes:

This was awesome! I was smiling from the get go. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 27 2006
4:05 pm
Lindsey writes:

I loved this!! I have watched it several times, and I find that I pick up something different each time. From a sociological aspect, I love how the whole idea is explored. Even my 9 yr old was intrigued. It also reminded me of my little 4 yr old son’s “underpants dancing and running” that he did every day last winter. I am trying to put it together as a little movie… inspired by The Winter of The Dance. Would love to share it with you!
I am loving reading your book too, as I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and am enjoying working my way through your book and blog!
Thank you!! (both you and Jeff!!)

Jun 27 2006
10:26 pm
Ashley writes:

Thanks for the video! In my city, low-man-on-the-totem-pole kids who worked at a certain pizza place were required to stand on a street corner and hold the loose end of a banner advertising for the restaurant. I believe they did this because they had the other end of the banner attached to a traffic light pole, which is illegal. The poor kids had to stand there, often for hours at a time, so they could detach the banner if the cops came. One kid took his iPod out there and danced as he held the banner. Sure, the restaurant eventually used him as an advertising point, but at least he’s getting paid to dance however he wants!

Jun 28 2006
12:56 pm
Sabine writes:

Your husband sounds like an awesome guy. I’d love to do something like that for a film festival someday. I loved the movie :-)

Jun 28 2006
1:11 pm
mati writes:

ohhh, this makes me so happy!

Jun 28 2006
5:55 pm
keri Smith writes:

yes my husband is an awesome guy.

Jun 28 2006
5:55 pm
keri Smith writes:

yes my husband is an awesome guy.

Jun 29 2006
1:31 am
Boho writes:

Keri, Jeff & Mike ~
My husband and I truly enjoyed watching this together. He’s Canadian…so there was a connection to the location as well. I do think we should all let go of our inhabitions and dance more both as children and adults. It is interesting and sad that our culture as a whole does not find this socially acceptable. I think everyone needs and wants to dance on a street corner but doesn’t realize it. Perhaps this short film is the sweet message that will reach them. Dance on!
Bless your creative, open and beautiful hearts.
Denise (boho)
ps. looking forward to Winter of the Beard. You have us curious.

Jun 29 2006
6:20 pm
shelly writes:

Keri , it makes me smile everytime.

Jun 29 2006
8:08 pm
natascha writes:

Congratulations! It’s great and I love the music!! Good luck with the new film!

Jun 30 2006
1:32 am
becky writes:

that was so enjoyable to watch, thank you for sharing that in a format that we can all enjoy. after reading so much about it on your blog, I really wanted to see how this film turned out. I loved it – made me want to get up and dance – also made me realize that all of this stress I’m feeling at work could probably be alleviated with a little more dancing in my daily life.
thank you.

Jul 2 2006
4:57 am
Annie writes:

Fantastic!! As soon as I figure out how to put the link on my blog, it’ll be there. Should be compulsive viewing on 16th birthdays, so that people don’t forget. Society can be changed by work such as this. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Jul 2 2006
4:58 am
Annie writes:

Fantastic!! As soon as I figure out how to put the link on my blog, it’ll be there. Should be compulsive viewing on 16th birthdays, so that people don’t forget. Society can be changed by work such as this. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Jul 2 2006
1:44 pm
moki writes:

Keri, It’s been a while since I checked in on your blog (Sorry, I dont know why…) But what a lovely surprise to find their film here today! Thank you so much for sharing it with me and your other more loyal readers.
I don’t have enough time or the right words to express how I feel about this little film, about the spirit you, your husband, or your friend have or about how this film will most likely change my life just a little.
It’s almost like I’ve had a nostalgic memory, a serendipidous remembering…but all mixed up and thanks to the film. :)

Jul 2 2006
7:44 pm
Maryellen writes:

Thank you so much for making and sharing this film. I’ve followed your blog silently for some time, bought your book (which I love!) and now must comment. This film and the motivation behind it have so inspired me. I was just thinking earlier today about why my own life, which seems so inspired lately–is it being in a new town that I didn’t choose, being a mom and all that comes with it, or something else? Now, I will think: “I am always searching for an experience that is full of life and beautiful…I’m here; I don’t know how long I’m here for.”
Thank you.
with love, Maryellen

Jul 3 2006
3:13 pm
Jerra writes:

Wow! i am a huge fan of your book and thought i would check out your blog, your dance video was totally brilliant, it had me in stitches! i especially liked the bit where the guy was hopping on his hands and 1 leg with the other leg in the air, i currently have a broken ankle but have now been given the inspiration and been shown how to dance in the street! thank you!

Jul 3 2006
4:59 pm
Velvet Brick writes:

Dear Keri,
It’s been a while since I checked in…. What a wonderful surprise to see the movie! I found myself asking why society would label someone dancing on a street corner as a nut. I know I would probably think that if I were driving by…but when you’re on the other side of the camera lens, and when you think about it…why not dance? You aren’t hurting anyone, you aren’t doing anything immoral, illegal, against anyone else. So why not?
After seeing the film, I was reminded of LeeAnn Womack’s song and there verse “so if you get a chance to sit it out, or dance… I hope you dance.”
Please pass on all of our kind thoughts and gratitudes to Jeff and his buddy for sharing their art with us. I eagerly look forward to ‘beard’. Blessings to you Keri. You are a rare bird.

Jul 3 2006
7:48 pm
miao miao writes:

all you need to know in life is how to dance.

Jul 3 2006
8:09 pm
:) writes:

Sweet! Remember to send it to http://zed.cbc.ca

Jul 3 2006
9:00 pm
Dan Heffernan writes:

The concept is funny. Unfortunately, I did not find the movie lived up to its potential. Sorry.

Jul 4 2006
12:03 pm
soapgirl writes:

Have you seen this site? Another dancing, travelling guy named Matt.
Very interesting film — thanks for sharing it.

Jul 5 2006
6:29 am
charlie :) writes:

i have to show my dad this.

Jul 6 2006
8:23 pm
Kelly writes:

I love this! I only wish I got to see you in there too :)

Jul 11 2006
9:57 pm
an9ie writes:

I loved the music Jeff wrote for this :)

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