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February 15, 2018

As often happens, in searching for something else, we stumbled across this story, “Mount Vernon students turn poetry into film,” in the Skagit Valley Herald. Voices of the Children, a Mount Vernon, Washington, non-profit, offered a free filmmaking class to Mt. Vernon high school students in which they “translated poems written by those at the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center into short films.”

This is just one of many collaborative projects VotC has launched, using journalism, poetry, photography, fine and performing arts, and film to build connection by promoting artistic expression and creative freedom. Many of their programs bridge the divide between local and international.

Learn more about Voices of the Children and watch for the student films screening at the Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon in May 2018.

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November 26, 2017

The subject of typewriters, and especially the poets who favor them in public, has been a recurring theme here at The Poetry Department. Poetry on film is another. While the new documentary California Typewriter does not purport to be about poetry (it does include poets Silvi Alcivar and Darren Wershler), it celebrates a favored writing tool as object, muse, and even obsession. The Los Angeles Times calls the film “rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted.” California Typewriter is screening in theaters nationwide.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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