Really thrilled that a shortened (under five minute) version of Selfie with Marilyn is one of the finalists (in Spanish) in Maldito this year. The film was initially a commission from the New York-based Visible Poetry Project, and is from the poem in the prize-winning collection An Insomniac's Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe (PANK books, 2021) by leading US poet Heidi Seaborn. I recommend the book to anyone for an extraordinarily eloquent, nuanced and poignant read. The poetry film (with British artist Hatti Rees playing Marilyn) is about representation, learning the lines of a poem / script and how we assume a persona, even/especially Marilyn, when she must have longed to just 'be herself'. In the poem a Marilyn who has been around the block a few times talks to her younger self, whilst revealing small, human incidents that she holds close. It is also about the screen image itself, and how repeating the same triple image can create a different screen in terms of identity, meaning and rhythms.
The films will be screened on site, on October 6 at 8:30 p.m. at the Teatro Circo de Albacete (Spain). They will also be available online on their channel – the FILMIN platform – from October 7, where you will also be able to see part of the programming prepared for this edition.
Once the festival is over, the finalist works will remain continuously on FILMIN, along with the finalist works from past editions that are already on the platform.
A professional jury will be in charge of choosing the 1st. prize, 2nd prize and 3rd. prize. The Special Prize of the Public will be on October 6 in the on site pass, it will be voted by the participant audience.
For anyone new to my site please go to Liberated Words where this longer article includes more on the making of the film.
Poetry + Films from Art Prize
Following The Poetics of Poetry Film publication, I would like to introduce a new initiative – the Sarah Tremlett Poetry Film Prize, which celebrates and revisions art through ekphrastic poetry + film. This will be an internationally eligible, annual award, with a cash prize and interview on the artist’s work. More to come soon!
So delighted that i swallow with visceral ecopoem by Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin, has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Midwest Video Poetry Festival. Only 36 films were chosen for the two-day festival, which will take place on October 8th and 9th, 2021. Well done also to everyone taking part and a big thanks to Genia Daniels at artlitlab.org (they have an amazingly rich website). This year it looks very interesting as the festival is taking place over two locations: at Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI and at Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee, WI. Both locations will have limited capacity and masks are required for audience members. Please check websites for regular updates about our COVID-19 policies at www.artlitlab.org and www.woodlandpattern.org. We will also stream the festival for two weeks on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ArtLitLab starting on Monday, October 11th and ending on Monday, October 25th.
I am now really pleased to say that The Family History Poetry Film Project is officially launched on Liberated Words https://liberatedwords.com/2021/08/02/family-history-project with a selection of family history poetry films alongside process notes. Some were screened as part of Reconnections for LYRA poetry festival in April, 2021; others are at the forefront of an ongoing collection.
I have chosen this theme as I am working on my own poetry, poetry film and family history project – Tree – which I began researching over 25 years ago. I would like to share other people’s family history poetry films on this site. I am happy to receive both creative content such as poetry films and poems, but also background material, such as notes on research approach, and process, where appropriate. Here are some examples of leading poetry filmmakers’ work in this genre.
To date I have an international cross-section with poets and filmmakers including: Houston-based Americans – writer, performer and filmmaker Margo Stutts Toombs and Dr Germaine Burchard Welch with From Father to Daughter: The Cuba Film; Spanish filmmaker Eduardo Yagüe and British translator and poet Jean Morris with Cries and Whispers and Australian filmmaker Marie Craven with Rodeo Days.
If interested, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Lines Zoom book launch – 1 October 2021, 6–7.30 pm
Earth Lines: Geopoetry and Geopoetics published by the Edinburgh Geological Society, explores the stratigraphy of poetry in rocks and stones. Join Patrick Corbett and poets such as Elizabeth Wong, John Hegley, Alice Major, Alina Hayder, Norman Bissell, Yvonne Reddick, John Bolland, Brian Whalley, Rob Francis and myself for readings and discussion. Very pleased to have a poem in this anthology. It is also really innovative in that there are poetry films from the poems, (which I will be presenting) and also the geolocation of the poems at Earth Lines Online. Poetry filmmakers include: John Bolland, Sarah Acton, Yvonne Reddick, Brian Rosen, Patrick Corbett and Rachel Tennant.
Earth Lines book launch – 1 October 2021, 6.00pm The programme will include:
For the Poetry Films and Geolocation of the poems:
See article on Liberated Words
Free, booking required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-of-earth-lines-geopoetry-and-geopoetics-tickets-167240469747
Very big thanks to Genia Daniels – Director of the Midwest Video Poetry Festival for her in-depth interview on my work, for the ALL Review section https://artlitlab.org/all-review of the online arts magazine https://artlitlab.org. It covers questions on video poetic practice, background and Selfie with Marilyn (with poem by Heidi Seaborn from the prizewinning collection). Good to have the opportunity to share all the way markers on the long and winding journey.