2nd Weimar Poetry Film Award: A view from the jury

Whatever else one might say about contests and awards — and I’ve been as critical as any of the whole culture of literary prizes — they are a great way to focus public attention on a still somewhat obscure but rapidly developing genre. Continue Reading

New York Shakespeare Exchange brings road show, 48-hour sonnet film contest to Texas

The New York Shakespeare Exchange is the nonprofit organization behind the nearly complete (123 of 154 films released) Sonnet Project, which is now going global. Their mission is to “provide fresh points of entry to the work by intersecting contemporary culture with the poetry of Shakespearean words and themes in unexpected ways,” and to that end, they announced this week a 48-hour Shakespeare Shorts film contest next weekend in Texas. Continue Reading

Weimar Poetry Film Award’s new trailer raises the bar for poetry film festival trailers

Look, I like the typical jazzy, brief trailers that festivals like to turn out, but this short film, directed by Guido Naschert, really makes me want to drop everything and go to Weimar in May. More than that, it’s a great introduction to the genre as a whole, as well as to some of its leading thinkers and practitioners. Continue Reading