March 10, 2011

UWTV debuts new shows on dance, film

Andrew Tsao

Andrew Tsao

UWTV has launched two new arts-themed shows that feature both independent filmmaking and a collection of contemporary performances from the UWs Chamber Dance Company. The weekly series premiered March 12 and will run beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, only on UWTV channel 27.

Backstory: The Filmmakers Vision was produced in collaboration with the Seattle Independent Film Festival.  UWTV and SIFF selected films from UW-affiliated filmmakers, cast and crew to showcase the independent works in a 13 episode season. UW Associate Professor of Drama and network TV series director, Andrew Tsao, will sit down with each filmmaker or crew member to discuss what part they played in the process and assess what it took to achieve their vision on screen. After the brief interview segment, viewers will get to watch an uninterrupted screening of each film, and will conclude with a story wrap-up. Movie trailers and discussion segments from Backstory will be forthcoming at uwtv.org/backstory.

Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper

UW Dance Presents Chamber Dance Company features performances from the past 10 years of the series, selecting programs from the most enduring and influential performers and choreographers. With an eye for the nuances of interpretation, Betsy Cooper, Director of UWs Dance program, provides context and clarity to each artistic performance created by dance legends such as Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. The eight-episode season kicks off with performances of “The Early Moderns.”

The new programs represent the continuing shift in UWTV programming, adding arts and cultural affairs to the already diverse lineup of new, original shows. The latest in-house productions include collaborations with the UWs School of Drama and School of Dance, from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Seattle Independent Film Festival.

UW Dance Presents Chamber Dance Compan runs at 8:30 p.m., followed by Backstory: The Filmmakers Vision at 9 p.m.