TOTALLY OVER THE MOON that Selfie with Marilyn has won FIRST PRIZE (in Spanish) in Maldito Video Poetry Festival, Albacete, Spain!! A big thanks to the wonderful poet Heidi Seaborn and the shining lights Hatti Rees (Marilyn) and Georgie Rees (stills).
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 were 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.
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 was in charge of choosing the 1st. prize, 2nd prize and 3rd. prize. The Special Public Prize on October 6 was 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.