poetry on film

September 17, 2018

In our continuing interest in the meeting of poetry and film, we note that two poems by Natalie Diaz have been (or are being) committed to film: “Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera” and “American Arithmetic.”

The former, a film by Tash Tung, was commissioned by Motionpoems, with additional funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visuals Arts and donations on Seed & Spark. You can watch the film trailer on Vimeo, find more information on the Seed & Spark page, and see Natalie Diaz reading the poem at Beyond Baroque (at about 4 min.). The film is on the festival circuit and is an official selection for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018.

The latter, also a Motionpoems film, is directed by Mohammed Hammad. There is little information available online, so watch for the film and meanwhile, read “American Arithmetic” on Verse Daily.


film poetry

July 11, 2018

In our continued cataloging of poets and poetry on film, we somehow missed “Broken Tower.” The 2012 film, directed by and starring James Franco, is about poet Hart Crane (1899-1932). While the critics and the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer give it a low score, Entertainment Weekly called it “pensive and heartfelt” and you might want to put it on your late-night list.

under wraps

June 28, 2018

It’s not very often that you Google the name of a film and come up with exactly two links (at the time of this writing). So, while we continue on our quest for all things poetry-plus-film, we can’t really tell you very much about “Wild Nights With Emily Dickinson” except that it is a feature film starring Molly Shannon and Dana Melanie.

Poetry Society of America is screening it at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn on Saturday, July 7, 2018, and describes the film as “this irreverent and hilarious SXSW dramatic comedy about Emily Dickinson, and her life-long romance with another woman in a film IndieWire said ‘could forever change the narrative of the world’s most famous woman poet.’”

poetry on the streets

June 11, 2018

“The pulse” is a poem by Marcus Amaker, the first poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s also a video featuring Amaker, Memo, Gina Mocha, Matthew Foley, Maggie Robinson, Katie Zimmerman, and Jasmine Tabor walking Charleston’s streets, reciting the poet’s words. Watch The pulse (a poem about Charleston) on YouTube.

poetry on film

May 24, 2018

Congratulations to Spokane filmmaker Kendra Ann Sherrill, whose short film, The Pink Tablet, will screen at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 3:30pm at the SIFF Cinema Uptown and again on June 6. One of six Washington filmmakers participating in the Fly Filmmaking Challenge, Sherrill was tasked with making a 5-7 minute documentary on a budget of $500 in 10 weeks.

Sherrill selected Spokane poet Ellen Welcker as her subject and The Pink Tablet is a 7-minute film based on Welcker’s poem of the same name.

For a suggestion of the film’s material, you can watch Welcker’s “feral opera,” also called The Pink Tablet — part play, part dance, and five original choral compositions — on YouTube.

Visible Poetry, year two

April 24, 2018

A year ago, we mentioned the Visible Poetry Project, which combines the creative work of poets and filmmakers to release a video each day during National Poetry Month. VPP is back for 2018 and the poem/films are posted here for both this year and last. Cascadia is represented in this year’s collection by poet Kelli Russell Agodon and performance poet/director Corbin Louis. Have a look.


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.

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