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.


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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watching for Neruda

December 14, 2016

Neruda film posterPablo Larraín’s Neruda opens this week in U.S. theaters. Starring Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda and Gael García Bernal as Oscar Peluchoneau, the film, according to Variety, “is not a biopic but an invention informed by biography, conjuring a richly detailed investigator [Peluchoneau] with notions of self-grandeur who’s hunting the famed leftist writer-politician in 1948 Chile.”

In an interview in Film Comment, Larraín says, “Neruda’s particular power came from how he was able to describe our country, our society, our people in a way that no historian or journalist has ever done. If you want to understand who we really are, read Neruda. Neruda is in our water. He’s everywhere. That’s why instead of dealing with his poetry we chose to absorb the poetry and see what comes out after. Neruda is what transpires after drinking that Neruda water.” Manohla Dargis talks with the director in The New York Times.

Watch for Neruda, and read some, too.

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poetry on film

October 20, 2016


Soda Pictures (UK) is about to release a new film, Paterson, which follows the story of Paterson, a poet and bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, the film is due in theaters November 25, 2016. Watch for it.

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.

film flap

June 11, 2016

RumiIf you’ve had your fill of election wrangling, you might tune in to the latest flap regarding a forthcoming film about the 13th-century poet Rumi. Although the biopic has not yet been cast, producer Stephen Joel Brown and writer David Franzoni are looking at a “level of casting” that includes Leonardo DiCaprio as Rumi and Robert Downey Jr. as the dervish Shams of Tabriz.

The fur is flying. Read about it in The Guardian, Salon and The Washington Post.

In 2014, the BBC called Rumi “the most popular poet in the US.”
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Film Is TruthFilm Is Truth is Bellingham, Washington’s premier film archive. With a collection of over 15,000 titles and almost 20 years of commitment to film preservation, FIT is now taking submissions for the launch of the official FIT blog with an emphasis on the scholarly and engaging.

Submissions are open: non-fiction/fiction essays, prose, poetry, art, videos and scholarly essays about film. This call is open to current undergrad, post-grad English and film students as well as the general public. Film is Truth will also accept previously published material (with appropriate permissions/credits).

Contributors will gain exposure for their work and a chance to be published in an exciting new medium while supporting the independent arts community in Bellingham. Email your submissions to filmistruthblog AT gmail.com.

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