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How To Be Alone, a film by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis

October 29, 2010

A lovely 5-minute film shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia, produced by Bravo!FACT. How To Be Alone was directed, shot, animated by hand, and edited by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman (talk about multi-talented! wow.). The poem was written (and performed in the video) by Tanya Davis.

There are so many phrases in this film/poem that I adore, like “life’s magic things in reach” and “Dance like no one’s watching, because they’re probably not. And if they are, assume it’s with the best human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting.” I love the way the momentum of this film builds – the words and music starting quiet and slowly building, growing with the viewer’s comfort level with the idea of spending time alone.

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