Wishing you a wonderful synapse during these days between Christmas and New Year.
Look out for more PoetryFilm projects in 2017.
Many thanks to L for the beautiful flowers.
Call for Submissions
Artists and filmmakers are invited to submit their work for consideration for future PoetryFilm screenings and events. All themes and topics are welcome. Poetry films, art films, text films, sound films, silent films, experimental films, and other text/image/sound screening and performance material are invited. There is no deadline – submissions are ongoing and continuous throughout each year. All submissions will be catalogued in The PoetryFilm Archive.
In December 2016, I was invited to run a two-day workshop exploring poetry film with the TOGETHER! Disability Film Club in West Ham, London.
This was a two-day workshop for disabled artists and filmmakers, and was hosted by the TOGETHER! Photographers and Filmmakers Club at the Grassroots centre in Memorial Park West Ham. The workshop was co-facilitated by Julie Newman (Together! 2012), Ju Gosling, (TOGETHER! Festival Director) and me (Director of PoetryFilm). Filmmakers had requested the topic of poetry film, and it also made the workshop attractive to participants in the TOGETHER! Pop-Up Poetry Club.
After discussing different kinds of poetry films and screening a number of examples, the group began to develop and build their own creative ideas for a poetry film, and filming began. The second day was spent filming, recording and editing three brand new poetry films which were screened the following day at the Film Festival.
The works featured paintings, text-on-screen, voiceover, sound art, tessellation, zoom in and zoom out, and visual treatments to a single photograph. Film stills are below.
Christmas – Kathleen Jackson
The Gatepost – Alison Marchant
Right place, right time – Kirwin Gibson
I was delighted to be invited to perform at The Society Club in November 2016 to mark the one year anniversary of Celine’s Salon, a monthly creative salon hosted by Celine Hispiche. Other artists included Emma Rose, Cathy Flower, Isabella Bornholt, Seki Lynch, Steve Devereaux, Lewis Macleod, Sasha De Suinn, and Cat.
Zata Banks is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Typographic Circle. She is a brand consultant, artist, and the founder of the influential PoetryFilm research art project and screening series, where she has curated nearly 100 events over the last 15 years. Her creative work focuses on semiotics and ranges between neon, language, film and sound. She recently delivered a keynote at the House of Lords about creativity and poetry film, and her artworks have been shown at Tate Britain, the ICA, Southbank Centre, Cannes Film Festival, the Ruskin Gallery, O Miami, Mengi Reykjavik and CCCB Barcelona.
On 13 November 2015, a series of mass shootings erupted in Paris, killing many people and traumatising a nation.
On 13 November 2016, Eyewear Books published #Nous Sommes Paris, an anthology commemorating the outpouring of support and empathy with the victims immediately after the attacks and attempting to recapture the collective, human response to the horror, prior to its use as a political tool. Ideally, these poems offer a way out of the vengeful cycle that acts of terror seek to inspire.
My poem Le Pavillon des Lettres is included in the collection.
Buy the book here:
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster | Berlin
I was delighted to attend the biennial ZEBRA Festival 2016 – this year it took place in Münster, Germany, at a beautiful Art Deco cinema with all the original interior features. The press release is below including a list of the winning poetry films.
Say NO to violence, domestic violence, verbal, physical, emotional and psychological abuse against wives and women. The UN has proclaimed 25 November – 10 December to be a 16 day campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Wear the colour orange to show support.