April 13, 2018

And as long as we’re talking about the intersection of poetry and film, we should mention Poetry-About-Movies: a celebration of Film Is Truth happening at Honey Moon in Bellingham on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The evening will feature poetry about movies by Dee Dee Chapman, Rena Priest, Susan J. Erickson, and Jessica Lee.

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second is a beloved, locally owned and operated DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS rental store in Bellingham with a little bit of everything and a lot of foreign films, independent movies, arthouse films, and documentaries.


going on in Seattle

April 12, 2018

The Cadence Video Poetry Festival is going on now at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle: “Verse meets visuals in motion during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.” Check it out.

poetry on film

February 25, 2018

In our ongoing pursuit of poetry on film, we should mention the new independent film, The Kindergarten Teacher. Directed by Sara Colangelo, the film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and includes the work of a number of poets, including Ocean Vuong and Kaveh Akbar. To learn more about how the poetry found its way into the film, view the Sundance Film Festival video on the Los Angeles Times website.

(According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film rights have just been acquired by Netflix, which will release the movie later this year.)

Back in October, we mentioned the animated feature film, Window Horses. Written and directed by award-winning Vancouver filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, Window
is about love — love of family, poetry, history, and culture. The film’s poems include work by Rumi, Ann Marie Fleming, Sean Yangzhan, and Taylor Mali.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 3:00pm, Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington, will present Window Horses as part of the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival Young Sophisticates program. (Perfect for poets ages 10+.) Mark your calendar.

programs we love

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.

more poetry on film

December 8, 2017

Here’s another one for the poetry on film file. The film Maya Dardel “depicts the final weeks leading to the ambiguous disappearance of Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist, who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Dardel announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become the executor of her estate. They are challenged intellectually, emotionally, and erotically, until one of them begins to fathom Maya’s end game.”

Read the reviews: The New York Times, IndieWire, and Salon.

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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