Last weekend (Oct. 27-28), CalArts student Hanna Wu’s (Dance BFA 22, MFA 24) latest film work Kissing in the Cold: the Film screened at the fourth annual Inspired Dance Film Festival in Sydney. Wu was named a 2023 finalist for the Student and Mobile Device category.
Kissing in the Cold: the Film uses footage from a project Wu choreographed in collaboration with Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance faculty Martina Mattar, who is also credited as the short film’s videographer. In addition to Wu, the cast includes fellow CalArtians Ava Kough (Dance BFA 24) and Noah Am Ende (Dance BFA 24).
Wu is a Taiwanese-born, Los Angeles-based choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker. Wu’s signature dance language is a reflection of her multicultural background, which intertwines western contemporary dance, hip hop, and martial arts.
The Inspired Dance Film Festival is streaming Kissing in the Cold: the Film online through Sunday, Nov. 5.
Check out a clip of Wu’s short film below.