poetry on film

October 11, 2017

In our ongoing pursuit of all things poetry-on-film, we somehow overlooked Bright Star, a 2009 film by Jane Campion. The story of John Keats and Fanny Brawne, the film was described as “beautiful, wistful” by Roger Ebert (thumbs up) and given 83% on the Tomatometer. Here’s the official trailer and here’s a review from the Academy of American Poets.

Thanks to Joanna Thomas for the tip.

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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.

poetry film in the making

September 22, 2017

We’ve mentioned the poet Ella Higginson before, and we’ve certainly mentioned poetry on film on many occasions. Here’s a place where the twain shall meet: Just Like the Men.

Just Like the Men is a screenplay written by Ella Higginson in the era of silent film. In essence, it is a romantic comedy depicting the first woman (Frances C. Axtell) elected into legislative office in Washington State, in 1913, and her clever campaign manager.

The community-focused team of filmmakers and multimedia artists known as Talking to Crows has now picked up where Ella left off and is adapting Just Like the Men in the spirit in which it was written.

Read more about the “Ella” project on Talking to Crows, like Just Like the Men on Facebook, and, most important, pitch in a couple bucks to help this piece of Washington literary and political history make its way to the big screen by supporting Just Like the Men on Seed & Spark.

film poetry

September 4, 2017

In our ongoing effort to highlight the intersection of poetry and film, we note that Terrain.org is featuring three short films that blend poetry by Abeer Hoque, video by Josh Steinbauer, and music by Tom Asselin. The films accompany the release of Hoque’s new book, Olive Witch, a memoir about growing up across cultures in Nigeria, the States, and Bangladesh.

Please also note that the submission deadline for Terrain’s 8th Annual Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry has been extended. TODAY, Monday, September 4, 2017, is the new deadline for contest entries. General, non-contest, submissions reopen tomorrow and continue through May 30, 2018.

watch this!

August 23, 2017

The Poetry Foundation has posted a lovely new series of short animated films for all ages. Motion Poems is a selection of contemporary poems retold from the filmmaker’s perspective, created in partnership with Motionpoems (previously mentioned here and here), an independent animation studio that brings poetry to life through film.

Perhaps you, too, have never heard of the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. But if you have a unique way of exploring poetry on film, take note. As Doublebunny Press explains, “Anyone can make a video of a poet reading a poem, but that’s not what Rabbit Heart is all about. What we’re looking for is what can be done visually with a poem, without showing performance.”

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Rabbit Heart festival. The deadline is July 1, 2017, and the festival is in October. Read the rules. View some Rabbit Heart on YouTube. Submit your film.

And hey, if you win, let us know, okay?

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Michael Haeflinger of Tacoma’s LTAB and student poets at a special screening of the documentary film, Louder Than A Bomb.

Copies of selected books of poetry will be available for purchase, as well as light fare and beverages.

Today, Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 5:00pm | Free | Suggested donation $5 | at Bitters Co., 14034 Calhoun Road, Mount Vernon, Washington

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