Since first learning of them, I’ve admired and enjoyed watching the work on the web channels of Yak Films and Ds2dio. Yak Films is the brain child of web duo Yoram Savion and Kash Gaines, two guys from East Oakland (an often dangerous and gritty place “where even the body guards have body guards”) who burst onto the scene some six years ago with the invention of a new dance movement known as “Turfing” – an acronym for Taking Up Room on the Floor. Yak Films had the ground set for them in part with an amazing documentary style short called Turf Feinz RIP that went viral. Created on a rainy Oakland street corner where the half brother of one of the dancers had died, it spawned a YouTube movement aptly referred to as “make web not war.” Since then Yoram and Kash have gone on to achieve worldwide recognition for collaborations with the likes of dance stars Les Twins, and brand stars Adidas.
Ds2dio is the offspring of the very successful Step Up director John Chu, who is truly interested in paving the way for young dancers to shine. What I love most of all about Ds2dio and Yak Films shorts is that they helped democratize the potential for dancers to achieve web stardom, dedicated as they are to sharing the “street based documentation of the global dance movement” and of the talents of young people around the world.
In The Entry, like other films I’ve seen from this channel, what we see is a Ds2dio short with an eye for aligning the architecture of the body with the architecture of international cities. And it does so with a pared down minimalism and simplicity that I really like. And like other shorts I’ve watched from these presenters this seems to be shot mostly frontally, and also includes minimal edits which I find somewhat refreshing in this cut happy age. In The Entry, we see Soh “Tetris” Tanak dancing in a narrow bridge or walk way. While I’m not clear about The Entry’s description as “one of the clues to the mystery of S2DIO CITY, I am clear that it’s worth watching.