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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 welcome



Six short film from Belgia, England, Germany, Canada, and USA, 23:30 min

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 … Joseph Buckley
A journey to a diverse and misunderstood city in Northern England.

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 Almut Sandig
A small town on the river is now a commercial area surrounded by chemical and powerplants. This place was once a home for its residents.

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 off?

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 Bishop.

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 Smriti Jaiswal/Ravindra.

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 daily commutes.


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