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Encore for ‘Dances for the Camera’

Marilyn Flint and Jim Lortz perform in “Ellis Won’t Be Dancing Today,” in an encore screening at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Pickford Film Center.
Marilyn Flint and Jim Lortz perform in “Ellis Won’t Be Dancing Today,” in an encore screening at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Pickford Film Center. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The inaugural showcase of “Dances for the Camera,” which included “Ellis Won’t be Dancing Today,” on Jan. 10 at Pickford Film Center was so packed that there will be encore screening of the locally made films at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.

Kuntz and Company and JmWorks originally created “Ellis Won’t be Dancing Today” in July 2014 as a live performance piece for the Palliative Care Summer Institute, a partnership with Western Washington University, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement, Community Organized Group for Health, Whatcom Family & Community Network, PeaceHealth Palliative Care, and PeaceHealth Hospice, with the mission of transforming palliative care in the Whatcom community and supporting responses to living and dying.

Pam Kuntz and Juliette Machado, of JmWorks, have adapted the piece into a short film starring Jim Lortz and Marilyn Flint. It’s about Marilyn’s experiences with her husband, Ellis, at the end of his life with Alzheimer’s.

“Dances for the Camera” includes Kuntz and Company’s “Parkinson’s Dreams About Me,” featuring Bellingham’s Rick Hermann; and “Pacing,” which features members of Bellingham Repertory Dance.

Bands sought for Elizabeth Park concerts

Marla Bronstein announced a couple of weeks ago that she’s starting to recruit and schedule music for the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series, and will be scheduling bands in the next few weeks.

If you are in a band, contact her as soon as you can at marlaken19@aol.com, mj.bronstein@gmail.com or 360-305-0536.

Bronstein needs to know a couple of Thursday dates the bands are available between June 23 and Aug. 25 to play from 6 to 8 p.m. (setup is at 4 p.m.). She needs a press packet with music samples, and she’d love to hear the band perform live, so let her know your local gigs.

Bands also need to know these important caveats:

▪ You need your own sound equipment and sound op. Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department provides power and a staff person, and handtrucks and wheelbarrows are available to load and unload.

▪ The concert series is funded by donations to The Eldridge Society, and there is a $300 stipend for a Thursday performance.

▪ The group that encourages the audience to donate the most money the evening they perform will have an automatic “in” for the summer 2017 series. The group bandZandt won the summer of 2014 and 2015.

“Dances for the Camera”

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

Where: Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.

Cost: $5

Details: http://www.machadoworks.com/ellisfilm, pickfordfilmcenter.org, 360-738-0735

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