Zebra Poetry Film Festival Münster 2016: a view from the jury

view of a theater lit up at night

A few things I’d like to say about our goals as jury: We congratulate all the filmmakers, artists and poets who were chosen by the selection committee. We saw some fantastic films and wonderful creations this year, and were proud to play a part in the international competitions. We as ‘the jury’ wanted to make a statement. We believe that more films should have been awarded a prize. Not because it was too difficult to pick the four winners, no — that was fairly easy. We believe that more artists deserve a prize, and would prefer the budget for prizes to be split up to go to more ‘winners.’ Continue Reading

The UN, Beyoncé, Volvo, and Dareen Tatour: What’s at stake in the mainstreaming of poetry videos

What They Took With Them (still)

As poetry films and videos enter the cultural mainstream, they are being put to a variety of political and commercial uses. But this growing relevance brings into sharper relief questions that have always dogged them, given how difficult and expensive it can be to produce them: Who gets to make videopoems and poetry films? Whose stories get told? Whose creative license is at stake? Continue Reading

New essays at Poetryfilmkanal from Javier Robledo, Ram Devineni and Sigrun Höllrigl

The German website Poetryfilmkanal has continued its broad, international focus and clockwork regularity with its weekly series of short essays on poetry film and videopoetry. Continue Reading

New essays on poetry film by Nissmah Roshdy and Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel

The Poetryfilmkanal website has added an essay by ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival organizer Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, “Poesiefilme, Festivals und soziale Netzwerke,” and one by Egyptian filmmaker Nissmah Roshdy, “Poetry Films: A Genre Alien To A Poetry Nation.” Continue Reading

Recent talks on filmpoetry and videopoetry: Alan Fentiman, Tony Williams, Ross Sutherland, Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas

A beautifully shot conversation between filmmaker Alan Fentiman and poet Tony Williams, Ross Sutherland’s Thirty Poems / Thirty Videos: End of Residency wrap-up for The Poetry School, and a pair of talks given by Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas at the Text(e) Image Beat videopoetry exhibition. Continue Reading