Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents films documenting movers who dance in the high space, above the earth’s surface:
Skydancer (U.S., 2011, 74 min.) Renowned for their balance and skill, six generations of Mohawk men have been leaving their families behind on the reservation to travel to New York City, to work on some of the biggest construction jobs in the world. Jerry McDonald Thunderbird and his colleague Sky shuttle between the hard drinking Brooklyn lodging houses they call home during the week and their rural reservation, a grueling drive six hours north, where a family weekend awaits. Through archival documents and interviews, Academy Award nominated director Katja Esson (Ferry Tales, Latching On) explores the colorful and at times tragic history of the Mohawk skywalkers, bringing us a nuanced portrait of modern Native American life and a visually stunning story of double lives. The film includes amazing footage of the steel workers moving with the grace and skill of dancers on girders high above the ground, which is contrasted with glimpses of participation in traditional dances at home on the reservation.
Skydancer is presented in collaboration with Women Make Movies.