OFF Boats

Derived from the courageous stories of migration in boats and contradicted with the derogatory term ‘FOB’, OFF is an exploration of bodies in misplacement. This short film makes palpable a vulnerable experience through the sensibilities and motions seen on the skin, spine, hands, and feet. The camera creates a sense of ungrounding, situating the body in a void. OFF aims to create an emotional landscape through physicalizing the cinematic experience in order to seize a deeper human connection.

Choreographer, Co-Director, Performer Bita Bell 
Filmmaker and Editor Kathryn Nusa Logan

2019 Screenings
Stockholm, Sweden

The Outlet Dance Project
New Jersey, United States

Moving Images international Videodance Festival
Nicosia, Cyprus

Merde The Show
New York, United States 

Screen Dance Festival
Scotland, United Kingdom 

Isolated in a dark and large open space, OFF takes the viewer on a journey of fragility, frustration, and vulnerability as it tells the story of a migrant through a child’s voice. With paper boats, the dancer brings out a playful and innocent characteristic and engages the audience to interact and participate.

Sound-designer, Dancer and Choreographer Bita Bell

The Movement Project
Cleveland Dance Festival

2018 Commissioned by The Movement Project, Cleveland Dance Festival, Ohio