In the late 1800’s, tens of thousands of Czech immigrants settled farmland in Central Texas. They brought with them the tradition of the community dance hall, building over 1,000 halls in little towns from Temple to Anhalt. Fewer than half remain open today. Noc na Tanecku (Night at the Dance) profiles Sefcik Hall, in Seaton, one of the last true Czech dance halls in Texas. The film also looks at the elderly who still come there each Sunday to wax the floor and dance the polka — even as they struggle with old age, illness and death.
Annie Silverstein is an Austin, Texas-based filmmaker and media educator. She directed the feature documentary March Point, in collaboration with three teenagers from the Swinomish Tribe and is co-founder of Longhouse Media, an indigenous media arts & education organization based in Seattle, Washington. Silverstein has worked internationally as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor on films ranging in theme from land access issues in Ethiopia to the experiences of LGBTI refugees living in South Africa.
Most recently, Silverstein produced and directed Noc na Tanecku, which screened at festivals internationally, and wrote and directed her first fiction film Spark, which screened at Slamdance and SXSW, where it won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short in 2012. Annie is currently earning her MFA at University of Texas-Austin.
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