Film Ab!: A personal report on the Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2018

My overwhelming memory of ZEBRA will be of a well run and friendly festival that showcases a diverse range of poetry films. I was exposed to films that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise, particularly the bigger budget films not available online or those films in languages that I don’t understand. Continue Reading

The Juteback Poetry Film Festival 2018: a review and compilation

still from the film Perpetuum

The power and importance of curation is once again demonstrated by the eclectic and compelling selections included in the 2018 Juteback Poetry Film Festival. R.W. Perkins and Matt Mullins have put together a program that surveys the breadth and depth of film poetry rather than attempting to construct or validate some narrow canon. Continue Reading

Review of Poetry Film screening at the MIX conference

The curation at MIX 2017 brought a rhythm, line by line, film by film, that on a large scale was sustained to the end. The themes created a forward momentum — and that reflects the journey of poetry film itself. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: Brent Green and Sam Green

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Green on Green at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. I love alternative multi-media theater especially when it includes animation. What was so special about Green on Green was the fact that it’s not just the entertainment, it’s the whole experience. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “Forgetfulness”

Sometimes I feel guilty writing a good review. I assume my readers prefer to be forewarned concerning a video poem that is sub-par so as not to waste their time. I know I do. There are times when I will forgo watching a film or reading a book that was panned in the media. But when I stumble upon a work that I believe is worth noticing, I can’t help but sing its praises. Such is the case of Forgetfulness> by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. Continue Reading