In 2001, long before Instagram and Facebook streaming, Kelly Hargraves and Lynn Kessler founded Dance Camera West, a curated festival of dance films. Today, dance film and dance videos are everywhere and anywhere someone has a smart phone. The key to DCW’s longevity and stature as one of the premiere dance film fests is its curated nature with festival audiences viewing the cream selected by organizers, led once again by Hargraves.

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Sill from Making Men

Opening night of this year’s three day festival boasts 17 short dance films plus two internationally acclaimed guests for a Q&A. Friday, there’ll be another 17 films selected from around the world, and Saturday, promises a marathon wrap up with 26 more short films including the best submissions to the Dare to Dance in Public challenge organized by choreographer Sarah Elgart and Cultural Weekly.

REDCAT at Disney Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thu., Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 10, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m., Sat., Jan., 11, noon, 3:30 p.m. 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $12 per program, $72 all festival pass;

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Screaming Shapes – Experimental Short, Sophia Stoller [6:06] U.S.

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