poetry on film

October 3, 2017

One of The Poetry Department’s continuing interests is poetry on film and this looks like a gorgeous addition to the collection: Window Horses. An animated feature filled with poetry and stories, Window Horses is about Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet who is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran. The film is now screening at art houses and festivals worldwide. Visit the Window Horses website to watch the trailer and learn about the story, the characters, and the filmmakers. Like Window Horses on Facebook and watch for Window Horses coming to a theater near you.

Late-breaking note: Window Horses is one of 26 animated films nominated for an Academy Award. Read more. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

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poetry on film

May 18, 2017

In our ongoing effort to keep you informed of the intersection between poetry and film, here’s another entry: “Endless Poetry” (“Poesía Sin Fin“).

“Surreal and breathlessly inventive,” this new film by Alejandro Jodorowsky is making its way through the festival and art-film circuit. You can see it free on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00pm, at the Feast Arts Center outdoor movies in Tacoma.

You can also watch a trailer on YouTube, check out the film’s (closed) IndieGoGo campaign, see the 95% rating in Rotten Tomatoes and read Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week review in The Guardian.

Take a trip with the Chuckanut Writers Conference at a special screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at the Pickford Film Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The reception starts at 6:30pm, so bust out your aviators and Hawaiian shirts and join CWC for a night of special Hunter S. Thompson-themed writing prompts, activities, and refreshments, and escape into the wild world of this cult classic. Make sure to sign up for the raffle for your chance to win a special Fear and Loathing gift pack!

Admission is $10.75 general, $7.50 for Pickford members, and $8.00 for students.

Details on Facebook.

movie words

February 15, 2017

poetry on film

We like to highlight films that include or feature poetry — a meeting of two powerful creative forces. Taste of Cinema offers “10 Movies About Poetry That Are Worth Your Time,” which includes some films we’ve previously mentioned and some we haven’t. Have a look.

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poetry + film

September 19, 2016

Poetry Shorts

Since we’re fans of poetry and film, we like to keep track of the places they intersect, especially when there’s a Cascadia link. Here’s one: Poetry Shorts.

Poetry Shorts is a project of The Northwest Renaissance: Poets, Performers & Publishers. It was created in 2015 by actor and poet Emilie Rommel Shimkus and is supported by The Tacoma Arts Commission and 4Culture.

The inaugural Poetry Shorts film is Tell Your Children, a series of four short films based on poems. It is currently in post-production and will premiere on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7:00pm at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma.

Visit the Poetry Shorts website for more information.

forthcoming, again

August 15, 2016

The Bell JarHere’s another title for your watch-for-the-film file: The Bell Jar. Actor Kirsten Dunst will direct Dakota Fanning in the production, scheduled to begin in early 2017. This will be Dunst’s debut as a director, but The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, has been seen on screen before: in 1979, starring Marilyn Hassett and Julie Harris, and in the 2003 biographical drama, “Sylvia,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, and Michael Gambon.

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House poetry

May 17, 2016

Where the House Was

Poet Frances McCue was one of the founders of Hugo House and is currently making a documentary film about the history of 1634 11th Avenue, including the building’s previous, um, life as a funeral parlor and its forthcoming demolition to make way for a mixed-use apartment building. The film, Where the House Was, is built around a long poem.

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 7:30pm, McCue will give the first public reading of selections from the poem — one of the final events at the current Hugo House location. She will be joined by Rebecca Brown, a Lambda-award-winning author who served as Hugo House’s inaugural writer-in-residence, and Lori Goldston, a self-described “classically trained and rigorously de-trained” cellist who is perhaps best known around Seattle for her work on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set. The “opening act” will be a reading by Cali Kopczick and Jack Chelgren.

More details on the Hugo House site, on the Facebook event page and on the Where the House Was site from Team Demo Hugo.

You can keep track of the Hugo House move here.

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