Erie Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees would like to encourage innovation and collaboration within Erie’s dance community. To accomplish this, the agency’s Board approved allocating $12,500 from the agency’s reserves to fund the inaugural Erie Dance Film Festival.
The festival will be scheduled to tour throughout Erie County in 2021. Tauna Hunter, a member of Erie Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees and a retired professor of dance at Mercyhurst University, is chairing a task force composed of members for Erie’s dance community. The task force will help design and launch the initiative. The film festival will highlight dance for camera, a film genre that merges performance and film aesthetics. In addition to bolstering dance in Erie County, this initiative also supports efforts to advance filmmaking in Northwestern Pennsylvania.