Marta Renzi


United States



Runtime, min



Experimental, Fiction, Music Video, Dance, Family, Spiritual, Women


No dialogues


No subtitles


A circle of friends gather to celebrate their mentor and learn that what lasts is those you leave behind.


SCRIPT: Marta Renzi, PHOTOGRAPHY: Kal Toth; Cari Ann Shim Sham; Charles Caster Dudzick, ART: Marta Renzi, EDITING: Marta Renzi, SOUND: Heather Gross, MUSIC: Lev, CASTING: Aileen Passloff with Arthur Aviles, Andy Chapman; Alethea Pace, Esme Boyce, Aislinn MacMaster, Deborah Tacon, Maya Tacon, Blakeley White McGuire, Rob Sorrentino, Tina Louise Vasquez, Amos Wolff, Lorenzo Wolff, Max Kumangai; Jim Desmond, SOUND EDITING: Caleb Townsend

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Festival Awards:

Selected: Port Townsend Film Festival, WA Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY YoFiFest, Yonkers, NY Rivertown Film, Nyack NY Borrego Springs Film Festival, CA SF Indie Fest, San Francisco, CA Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival, Vero Beach, FL ReelHeART Screenply & Film Festival, Toronto, Canada ADF Movies by Movers, Durham, NC Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Center, NYC RED International Film Festival, Oslo, Norway NYWIFT @ Anthology Film Archives, NYC Her Story Cinephilia Society, Nashville, TN BlowUp Arthouse Film Fest, Chicago, IL ROLLOUT Dance Film Festival, Macao Kino Tanca, Warsaw, Poland [C] Screen Festival, Cerdanyola, Catalonia Seyr Film Festival, Tehran, Iran Sunrise Film Festival, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada Nyack Film Festival Nyack, NY VOB Film Festival, Carmel, NY Festival Angaelica, Duluth, MN Cult Critic Movie Awards, Kolkata, India Dance Camera West 2020, Los Angeles, CA Trail Dance Virtual Film Festival Miami Screendance Festival, Miami, FL Kateye International Film Festival, Kolkata, India New Wave Short Film Festival, Online Krimson Horyzon Int'l Film Festival, Kolkata, online Golden Harvest, Tokyo, Japan Semi-Finalist DUMBO Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY Rome Prisma Awards, Rome, Italy Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival, Toronto, Canada. Awarded: Best Director, Trail Dance Virtual Film Festival Best Feature Film, New Wave Short Film Festival Best Silent Film, Krimson Horyzon



Official Selections 


Marta Renzi

Smiling Girl

Since 2005, Marta has directed over 3 dozen short films, completing her debut feature film Her Magnum Opus, in 2017. She has received 7 NEA Choreographic Fellowships, and a New York Dance & Performance Award (a Bessie), as well as funding from Metropolitan Life, the Jerome Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Awarded by Dancing in the Streets as a fearless explorer in 1995, her Project Co. took every opportunity to perform outdoors for free including yearly appearances at venues like Lincoln Center Out of Doors and SummerStage in Central Park. Renzi was a resident choreographer twice at The Yard, and at Jacob's Pillow, where she helped inaugurate its Inside/Out program. Marta is a 2013 Bogliasco Fellow, a RAW supported artist, and in 2019 was the only filmmaker selected for the inaugural Mabel Residency at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Rhode Island. Twice in the 80's Renzi was commissioned to direct half-hour videodances which were broadcast on PBS. During the pandemic she premiered her 6th commissioned dance film for a university dance company. She has collaborated in theater (Andre Gregory), circus (Cecil MacKinnon) and film (John Sayles), and danced with David Gordon, Douglas Dunn, Kei Takei and with Twyla Tharp in Hair.

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