Poetry in film
A film is never really good
unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. Distributors,
naturally, are all of the opinion that poets don’t sell seats.
They do not discern whence comes the very language of the
cinema. Without poets, the vocabulary of the film would be far
too limited ever to make a true appeal to the public. The
equivalent of a babble of infants would not sell many seats. If
the cinema had never been fashioned by poetry, it would have
remained no more than a mechanical curiosity, occasionally on
view like a stuffed whale."
-Orson Welles, from "Ribbon of Dreams"
Poetry is porous and
facile in its seamless extension over many genres. Short films
use the language and images of metaphor and metonymy much the
same as poetry does. the festival will be giving a stage to
poetry films in order to widen the
space of poetry. There will be space for talented young
poets-filmmakers to showcase their talent to an international
audience Films based on poems, poems turned into films are
FILM PROGRAM KRITYA 2013
Six short film from Belgia, England, Germany, Canada, and USA,
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN Belgia, 3 min
Film by Swoon for the Robert Frost poem 'The Road Not Taken'
read by Nic Sebastian for 'Pizzicati of Hosanna'
Swoon (a.k.a. Marc Neys, *1968) has more than 120 videopoems to
his name, based on texts by, amongst others, David Tomaloff,
Johan de Boose, Howie Good, Paul Perry and Jan Lauwereyns. His
videopoems were shown at a lot of international festivals, such
as those in Berlin (ZEBRA), Vancouver (Visible Verse), and
Treviglio This year, Swoon has been asked to co-curate the first
Filmpoem Festival (2-4/8/13, Dunbar, Scotland) alongside
Alastair Cook, Luca Nasciuti and Dave Bonta. In 2013 his film
'Drift' won first prize at 'La Parola Immaginata 2013'.
I COME FROM England 3:40 min
Daniel Lucchesi, Alex Ramseyer – englisch Gedicht: I come from …
A journey to a diverse and misunderstood city in Northern
Alex Ramseyer - Bache In 2004, whilst studying a degree in film
production, Alex began work in education and community arts
delivering film projects in some of Yorkshire’s most
disadvantaged and ethnically diverse areas. As a freelance
director/cameraman and as a director/editor with Access Moving
Image Films, he has since worked closely with campaign groups,
schools, councils, community projects and artists in the region,
directing a diverse range of hard hitting films exploring social
cohesion and youth culture. This collaboration with the local
communities, and a desire to represent a positive and change
provoking image of young people, culminated with the work he and
his creative partner Daniel Lucchesi have done with the LYA
poetry group and led to the now award winning WE ARE POETS.
Daniel Lucchesi began his career in his early teens making
skateboarding videos for local skate shops; he has since
maintained a far less demanding career in film and television.
He graduated from the Leeds Northern Film School in July 2007
where he met long-term creative partner Alex Ramseyer-Bache,
whom he co-directed and produced his first feature film with,
the award winning ‘We Are Poets’. He now lives and works in
London as a freelance PD, cameraman and editor for a number of
major production companies on high-end television programmes. He
also writes and directs comedy sketches for the BBC with his
comedy group Rocket Sausage. Recently, Broadcast Magazine named
Daniel a 2011 TV Hotshot.
25572 BÜTTEL Germany 5:08 min
Rainer Komers – deutsch/Engl. Sub. Poem: [meine heimat] Ulrike
A small town on the river is now a commercial area surrounded by
chemical and powerplants. This place was once a home for its
Rainer Komers Study of film at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, master
class. Documentaries made in Alaska, Germany, India, Japan,
Latvia, Montana, Yemen. Director, cinematographer, lecturer,
word artist, writer. Awarded for his films in Japan , Canada,
Germany and Poland. Films: 25572 Büttel (2012) - Milltown,
Montana (2009) - Ma’rib (2007) - Kobe (2006) – NH 2 (2004) -
Nome Road System (2004) - B 224 (1999)
LIKE THIS Canada, 3:25 min
David Martineau-Lachance – englisch Gedicht: Like This Rumí
This medieval Persian poem is going to take us on a journey with
an emotional and contemporary twist.
David Martineau Lachance Undertaking to make his piece
intelligible, he seeks diversion to use simple themes in the
field of archetypes, poetry or mythology. He questions the
function that these images occupies in the specific and
collective imagination. After studying film animation at
Concordia University (Canada), worked on motion design and
computer assisted animation projects for television and web. His
works appears in international festivals such as the Melbourne
International Animation Festival, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
and the Ottawa International Film Festival.
I CALL MYSELF YOU Germany, 4:24 min
Fatmir Dolci – Deutschland 2012 4:24 min deutsch / Engl. Sub.
Poem by Barbara Köhler
In a livingroom, a telephone rings and goes to answering
machine, when a woman leaves a message. A very pregnant woman
enters the room. The question remains: black or white, on or
Fatmir Dolci lives in Dortmund, Germany. She is currently doing
her Bachelor of Arts
in the film segment at the Fachhochschule Dortmund. The movie I
call myself you
is her debut film. The poem 'Ich nenne mich du' is written by
Barbara Köhler .
ONE ART USA, 3:39 min by John D. Scott, Poem by Elizabeth
John D. Scott has won awards and distinctions as an independent
filmmaker. His films have been chosen to represent the United
States abroad in a program entitled The American Documentary
Showcase. He's now developing a long form project on poet
Elizabeth Bishop and is adapting a few of her poems en route. So
far these short film adaptations have found their way to dozens
of festival screenings, websites, conferences and galleries all
across the North America, Europe and Asia. John grew up in the
Maritime Provinces in Canada and knows every word to "Farewell
to Nova Scotia." John is the sole owner of Magpie Productions.
and Associate Professor in Media Arts at Ithaca College, USA.
Annie Zaidi- writes poetry, essays, fiction of varying
lengths, and scripts for the stage and the screen. She writes in
both English and Hindi.
‘Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales’ was a
first collection of essays drawing upon reportage, travel and
personal history. It was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword
Book Awards (Non-fiction, 2011) and was translated into Italian
as ‘I Miei Luoghi’.
‘The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl’ a series of
interlinked fictional narratives about young women’s lives in
the subcontinent, has been written in collaboration with Smriti
Ravindra. Other stories and essays have appeared in anthologies
like Mumbai Noir; Women Changing India; Journeys Through
Rajasthan; 21 Under 40; India Shining, India Changing; and
literary journals including The Little Magazine, Pratilipi, Out
of Print and Desilit.
She won the Prakriti prize for poetry in 2011. ‘Crush‘, a series
of illustrated poems, was made in collaboration with artist
Gynelle Alves. ‘The Almost Drizzles of May‘ was an early
collection of poems put together with Prateebha Tuladhar and
Her first Hindi play ‘Jaal’ opened at Prithvi Theatre in 2012 as
part of the Writers Bloc 3, a playwright-focused theatre
festival, in Mumbai. Her first English play ‘Name, Place,
Animal, Thing’ was short-listed for The Hindu Metroplus
Playwright Award in 2009. A radio play ‘Jam’ was short-listed
for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition, 2011.
She worked as a journalist for over a decade, reporting from
both urban and rural areas, and continues to freelance for a
range of magazines and newspapers including Caravan, Open,
Mid-Day, Frontline (news magazine published by The Hindu group),
Elle, Forbes Life, and Tehelka, aside from her weekly column for
the DNA (Daily News and Analysis).
Her latest book is Love Stories # 1-14, a collection of short
stories forthcoming from HarperCollins.
Red color ki love stroy-
Published on 26 Nov 2012
Soofi is a young woman who lives alone, and has a weakness for
poetry. One morning, she gets a text message that reads like
poetry. Soon, these anonymous texts invade her life. The sender,
who calls himself Lal Mann (red-heart), draws her eye to the
poetry embedded in their metropolis.She is first intrigued and
then she grows involved with the idea of a faceless poet-lover.
Despite warnings from her best friend, Soofi sets out to meet
him. But will he show up?The film was inspired by the loneliness
of a concrete jungle like Mumbai, and the sight of thousands of
people clinging to their cell phones for emotional support. It
was made by a two-member team criss-crossing the city with a
digital camera, and filming the city as it appears to us in our