Congratulations to everyone exhibiting; Lucy has a number of films in the festival which includes my film (and poetry) Solstice Sol Invictus and I also have Night Bus, so I wish I could be there but it isn’t possible this year :(( Have a really good time everyone who can manage to get there. Thinking of you, and many exciting new projects.
So proud to have been given the opportunity to contribute my thoughts to this extraordinary body of work, tracking the development of two innovative and inspiring videopoets, 🙂 who are also helping to change the way we think about and value this precious planet. Sarah x
VIDEOPOETRY, a book project
Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas have been creating videopoems since the mid and later 1980’s. Their individual and collaborative works are comprised of stand-alone works, i.e. for one channel screening; as well as multi-channel selections intended for gallery installation. This videopoetry collection will feature still images and texts from 120 works as well as essays outlining the authors’ philosophies within the genre of this creative medium. Most of the works featured have been shown in festivals and galleries in various locations around the world but the publication will be the first document to contextualize the content of these works as a whole.
Videopoets and scholars, Lucy English and Sarah Tremlett, have authored an introduction to the collection and a breakdown of several aspects of this body of work.
This project is supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board
Ce projet est soutenu par le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick
Projected publication date: Spring 2019
Had a lovely conversation with Sou from Rabbit Heart poetry film festival in the USA near Boston - Mr Sky is a finalist in the best Valentine and so a finalist for the best film in the festival. Hand on heart no thoughts about winning at all but really pleased it has been recognised and very very pleased for whoever actually wins - but Lucy and I both have a soft spot for this film.
A conversation on a night bus in the UK. Set against the dawn sky, a refugee attempts to forget the memories that he has left behind, and value love and the relative safety of his new life. The fourth in the series of poetry films on light and time, with Mr Sky, Solstice Sol Invictus and Summer Solstice.
Night Bus was premiered at the windswept, inspiring and unforgettable North Cornwall Book Festival (centred around the ancient church of St Endellion which apparently, according to poet Sir John Betjeman CBE, keeps praying when the congregation have left). It was part of the Uprooted screening, which featured films on the refugee crisis: set in war zones, in transition and building a new life in a strange country. Many thanks to the festival creator, talented novelist craftsman Patrick Gale for having the vision to host the screening. He not only constructs fine details within the pages of a book, but also made sure that every aspect of the event was memorable for everyone: audience, writers, artists and musicians alike.
If you have the chance to get there next October you will be transported both in landscape: rugged rocks and horizontal straggling trees, right near Port Isaac and crashing Atlantic waves, but also into the imaginations of many of our best novelists. A real escape and if you are lucky dramatic, transporting weather too!
My last film for the mammoth Book of Hours project by Lucy English, and one of the last to be made. It is the only film where she features and she says she really loves it - I hope everyone does. Part of the light and time series (including Mr Sky, Solstice Sol Invictus and Night Bus, it is a celebration of colour and sound as much as sun.
Very, very good news. Solstice Sol Invictus selected for Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2018!! Poetry by Lucy English and myself - title and first verse by me and Lucy speaks her second verse herself. Evocative voices by Helmie Stil, Lucy and a bit of me - see films to check it out.