By Don Simpson | February 13, 2012
Director: Jacob Krupnick
Starring: Anne Marsen, Dai Omiya, John Doyle, Amanda Turner, Dustin John
Girl Walk // All Day is a 71-minute dance music video choreographed to Girl Talk’s All Day (2011). Okay, I should press the proverbial pause button right about now and come clean with you. Girl Talk’s All Day is one of my favorite albums of 2011. There, I said it. Now I feel as though I can proceed unhindered by my guilty [pleasure] conscience…
Rather than assembling a bunch of random dance routines together, director Jacob Krupnick opts for a relatively straightforward narrative approach. Girl Walk // All Day is about a young female dancer (Anne Marsen) who quits ballet school and gets the sudden urge to take a ferry to Manhattan. Instantly inspired by the urban landscapes, the crowds of people, and Girl Talk’s booty-shaking soundtrack, she dances her way across Manhattan. She meets a menagerie of other dancers along the way — some of whom are more friendly than others, but all of whom have some kind of impact on her.
As a film critic who admittedly knows absolutely nothing about how to critique dance, Girl Walk // All Day is a very difficult film to review. With no spoken dialogue, the actors are limited to communicating via their expressions and movements like characters in a silent film — this is something they all succeed in doing, and Anne Marsen truly exceeds at. Girl Walk // All Day is about letting go and allowing the music to move you. It is not about mastering a particular movement, instead it is about reacting to the music however you see fit. Girl Walk // All Day wants people to get off of their Smart Phones, loosen up and dance…and when it comes down to it, is that not what we all want? Most importantly Girl Walk // All Day is about having fun, and if anyone knows how to mash together a soundtrack to have fun to, it is Girl Talk. I cannot think of any other album that can both make me smile and blow my mind with its sheer inventiveness like Girl Talk’s (a.k.a. Gregg Gillis) All Day does. Most importantly, it makes me want to dance and jump around like a crazy person.
(Don’t forget to check out all of the other films we previewed for the SF IndieFest 2012.)