2017 is a year which marks many significant anniversaries; political, sociological and creative. In 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Disputation to the church door in Wittenburg. Jane Austen died in 1817. 1917 marked the start of the Russian Revolution. In 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released by the Beatles and kicked off the Summer of Love, and in 1977 everything went punk.
To celebrate the human capacity for renewal and experimentation combined with deep thought, the themes for MIX 2017 are revolutions, regenerations, reflections. We asked artists/poets and digital writers to submit poetry films/film poems/video poetry responding to these themes. Twenty films have been selected from an international cohort and they will be screened in our Viewing Theatre throughout the duration of the conference.
This selection has been curated by Lucy English, Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, co-founder of Liberated Words which creates, curates and screens poetry films, and Zata Banks, founder of PoetryFilm, an influential research arts project and film screening series.
The selected films reveal the energy and commitment to the poetry film genre by its practitioners, and explore the different approaches to combining words with moving image. Some of our filmmakers are well known and have received many accolades; others are new to the field.
Othneil Smith, If We Must Die
Tommy Becker, Song for Disobedient Youth
Lemar Barrett, Electric Roses
Jordan Caylor, Untitled
Helen Dewbery, The Goose
Manuel Vilarinho, No Pais Dos Sacanas
Jim Pomeroy, Words
Marie Craven, Anatomy
Cindy St. Onge, Road to Damascus
Dave Bonta, Grassland
Matthew Griffith, Pain in Colour
Damon Moore, The Multi Storey Car Park in Trenchard Street
Shuhei Hatona, Seventh Window
Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas, Illumination
Sophie Seita, Objects I Cannot Touch
Angie Bogachenko, Oracle of a Found Shoe
Cheryl Gross, Shop
Fin Harvor, The Carpet 1
Andrew Demirijan, I Tremble with Anticipation
Kate Flaherty, A Mouse’s Prayer
More information about the films and the film makers/poets will be posted on the MiX conference website.