Poetry Film Screenings
These screenings will run throughout the conference.
In this screening we are showing a curated selection of work by British and European poetry film-makers. We aim to show the latest in poetry film development. The UK selection has been curated by Lucy English and the European films have been chosen by Thomas Zandegicomo de Bel, the organiser of Zebra, the world’s largest poetry film festival based in Germany. These films explore the scope of the poetry film genre, with its desire to experiment with content and form. The viewer is drawn in through engagement with sound, visuals and often complex narrations. Here, there are stories, of loss, longing, reflections on landscape and memory and a playful desire to entrance us.
UK Poetry Films – Curated by Lucy English (Bath Spa University)
1. The Girl and The Moon (3.42)
‘The girl and the Moon’is a reflective piece about the female menstrual cycle. It has a storytelling flow and structure, and it touches on symbols of puberty, desire, sexuality, and the continuity of life as a cycle.
Lucia Sellars is a poet, environmental scientist and a quiet observer. Her videopoems have been screened in UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and Greece.
2. Time and The Two-Year Old’s Hands (2.56)
Time and the Two Year-Old’s Hands is the second work in The Arctica Triptych, a series of interconnected short poetry films that were made in response to artist Stevie Ronnie’s 2013 residency in the High Arctic. It is an urgent and plaintive call for the survival of our children in the face of our changing climate. The film was directed by Alastair Cook and produced by Filmpoem with sound by Luca Nascuiti and Arctic footage by Michael Eckblad.
Stevie Ronnie is an artist based in Newcastle, UK. His works, often rooted in poetry and poetics, span traditional creative disciplines. Stevie has collaborated as both a writer and director on several moving image works that have screened internationally including at Zebra, Kinofilm, Ó Bhéal, Juteback, MONSTRA and Encounters festivals. In 2014 he won the Awkword Papercut videopoetry writing contest. Stevie is the recipient of two MacDowell Fellowships for his interdisciplinary works and a Northern Writers’ Award.
3. Liminal (2.33)
When I smell the sea it fills me with a sense of something timeless and elemental. When I swim in the sea it’s like coming home; I dream of growing gills and living there. We are more than fifty per cent water – as a friend of mine put it, ‘I think the water inside of us cries out to be recognised outside of us.’ This water-knowing is what I wanted to capture in Liminal – both in the original poem and the poetry film.
Janet Lees is an award-winning poet and artist working primarily with photography, film and collage. Her poetry has been widely published around the world, and her film-based works selected for many international festivals. Last year she was the visual artist representing the Isle of Man at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France, with an exhibition of art photographs, poems and films. Her first book, House of water, which combines her poetry and art photography, was published in May 2019.
4. Never Say Never Say Never (6.10)
Breaking up is hard to do. A couple struggle with letting go, savouring their last moments together. Shot in UAE with local cast, the film adapts work by Patrick Errington, commended in the 2016 Poetry Prize. Commissioned by Filmpoem for The Poetry Society, Never Say Never Say Never premiered at The Poetry Café, and has screened at World Of Women Middle East Dubai, Short To The Point Film Festival, Romana, Lewis Depot, Brighton, South California Poem Festival, Los Angeles, XpoNorth, 7th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens and Lyrical Visions Film Festival, Auckland.
Adele Myers is a filmmaker teaching in UAE. She has exhibited films and interactive artworks internationally. Founder of Bokeh Yeah! DSLR Academy, her group works with publishers to initiate new poem films and film training. Her work has been screened in art spaces, literature and film festivals across Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and Australasia. Exhibiting a solo show at Dimensions Art Centre, China. Screenings include; Zebra Poem Film Festival, Posiefestival, Tarp, TIFFAZ, Harare, BAFTA Market, The South Bank & Encounters in UK.
5. Letter To Anyone who is Listening (1.19)
Jane Glennie has a BA (Hons) in Typography & Graphic Communication from Reading University and an MA in Art & Space (Distinction) from Kingston University. Her work has screened internationally, including: Digital Graffiti (Florida); PoetryFilm (UK/Iceland); IndieCork (Ireland); Juteback (Colorado), Athens Festival (Greece), Poetry + Video (Australia). She has been awarded a Jury Special Mention at Weimar Poetry Film Festival (Germany); was a finalist for Best Production One Minute or Under at Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival (Massachusetts); and a finalist at Poole Poetry Film Competition. Collaborations include: Lucy English for The Book of Hours; and Visible Poetry Project (New York 2018 & 2019).
6. Work (2.25)
Work’ is both a hand-drawn animation and a photographic study. The spotlit yellow post-it notes frame a poet reminiscing about an old office job she once had before becoming a writer. Mirroring the function of a post-it note stuck to a document, the post-it note animation demarcates, highlights and obscures glimpses of shelves, desks and objects synonymous with any office. The objects in those glimpses are those used to categorise, label, post, file and eventually build a physical archive and yet they, and the people who use them, are often invisible when considering the cultural significances of archives and how they are used to articulate cultural history. ‘Work’ seeks to explore the ways memory can fragment, disrupt and overlay the present and creates a space for the haunting poem by Anna Woodford to unfold.
Kate Sweeney is an artist and researcher producing video, photography, and animation. She is interested in video making as a tool for translation of materials and a platform for exploring collaborative practices. Her current PhD research relates to existing dialogues positioning collaboration, inter-personal work and hidden labour within a socio-political context. She has disseminated her research at conferences, symposiums and film festivals. She was associate artist at Newcastle University as part of the acclaimed AHRC project, The Bloodaxe Digital Archive. Kate has taught fine art, animation and lectured in poetryﬁlm. She was awarded a full REA studentship for her PhD at Newcastle University 2016-19.
Muirburn is a film interpretation by Helmie Stil of Yvonne Reddick’s same-titled poem. The short film poem covers themes as memories, loss and nature.
Helmie Stil is a Dutch award-winning filmmaker living and working in the UK. After graduating at the Utrecht School of Arts she has been researching, directing and producing her own films since 2006.
She loves making poetic documentaries and film poems. Her award winning documentaries and film poems have been shown on national television and international film festivals. Her film The Desktop Metaphor won the Weimar Poetry Film Award 2018. Her film poem The Opened Field won the Cadence Video Poetry festival 2019 award, the Reelpoetry Houston award and was selected for many international festivals and shortlisted for the prestigious OutSpoken Prize for Poetry 2019. She is the director and founder of poetrycinema – films inspired by poetry.
8. Wiki How to Find Things You Have Lost (5.18)
Started as a poem by Theresa Lola from her collection In Search of Equilibrium. The poem refers to her grandfather’s loss of memory and touches on faith and loss. Objects are an important element in the film, and help to ground memory in the everyday. Colin Heaney provided the soundtrack. Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet and is currently the Young People’s Laureate for London.
Helen Dewbery is co-director of Swindon Poetry Festival. She is currently working with Nine Arches Press to create poetry film with their authors. Helen teaches, facilitates and promotes poetry film to poets and filmmakers and uses poetry film in community settings to promote well-being, and as a means of enabling people to express complex experiences.
Chaucer Cameron’s poems have been staged and screened, and published online, in journals and anthologies. Chaucer’s latest work, Wild Whispers, is an international poetry film project.
Helen and Chaucer co-edit the online poetry film journal, Poetry Film Live.
9. Paper River
Paper River from Tree – a poetry film novel project The researched-based, ancestral poetry film novel Tree focuses on how the land and ancestral occupations across time shape us today. This presentation – Paper River – is an excerpt which is focused on my response to events at my great grandfather’s paper mill on the River Culm in Devon during the First World War, alongside the site in the present day. It includes a poetry film; a read extract of documented facts and prose poetry.
Poetry filmmaker, artist, writer and researcher Sarah Tremlett, MPhil, FRSA, SWIP, (Poem Film) is co-director of Liberated Words Poetry Film festival and workshops. Known as a visual philosopher, for her research project on Contemplative Text and Audio-Visual Rhythms Project (Springer, 2009) she has received commissions and given talks on poetry film worldwide, judging at Newlyn Film Festival, Light Up Poole and Liberated Words. Screenings include: Zebra, Berlin; Athens Video Poetry Festival; Rabbit Heart, USA; The Poetry Society and presentations including: VideoBardo, Buenos Aires; Tarp, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; The South Bank Centre, and Encounters Film Festival. Author and editor of The Poetics of Poetry Film, commissioned by Intellect Books, she has directed three films for The Book of Hours (Lucy English) and is creating several collections including the continuing contemplative poetics series: Time Rhythm and Light and her ancestral poetry film novel Tree. She recently curated Uprooted – a touring screening about migration and the refugee crisis.
European Poetry Films – Curated by Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel (ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival)
1. The Wolf Fearing The Wolf (Die Angst des Wolfs vor dem Wolf) 2014 (5.08)
‘Blood-red light is flickering. A howling in the void. The past becomes an armour. No matter which side you take: you only lose with staying who you are.’ Poem by Stefan Peterman.
Juliane Jaschnow studied Fine Arts in the field of photography and cinematography at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig (Germany). She has a Bachelor’s degree in communication and media sciences from Leipzig University. Was awarded a DAAD scholarship to study at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in the field of journalism/photojournalism. She studied abroad at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Professional Media Master Class and PMMC Lab of werkleitz Society. Member of the Cinematic Initiative Leipzig FILZ.
Stefan Petermann was born in 1978 in Werdau (Germany). He studied at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. In 2009, his debut novel ‘Der Schlaf und das Flüstern’ was published. He has received different scholarships and awards. His narrations ‘nebenan’ and ‘Der Zitronenfalter soll sein Maul halten’ were filmed. In 2015 he was a writer-in-residence in Wels. For his current novel ‘Das Gegenteil von Henry Sy’ he invented the main character on Facebook. He lives in Weimar.
2. Self Improvement (selbstverbesserung) (5.39)
‘Improving the self. I will improve. Good better best.’ Poem by Jörg Piringer
Jörg Piringer was born in 1974 and currently live in Vienna, Austria. He is a member of the Institute for Transacoustic Research, a member of the Vegetable Orchestra, a radio artist, a sound and visual poet and a musician. He has a Masters degree in computer science.
3. Vacancy (Leerstelle) (4.30)
From a poem by Hide Domin. ‘Noch gestern / Wie wenig nütze ich bin / Ziehende Landschaft’
‘One must be able to move but also be as still as a tree: as the trees have rooted themselves in the ground, as we stand fixed, despite the landscape pulls away.’ (Hilde Domin)
Urte Zintler was born 1975 in Rostock, Germany. After finishing her apprenticeship as an animator in Luxembourg she went to study animation in Farnham (UK) and Kassel (Germany), and art/illustration in Leipzig (Germany). Since she graduated, she has worked as an animator and as a tutor at the art college in Kassel.
4. Walking Grainy (Marchant grenu) (2.21)
A whimsical look at movement in the city. While reciting the poem, Francois Vogel ‘walks grainy’ on the stairs of Montmartre, in Paris. Poem by Henri Michaux
François Vogel was born and raised in Paris. He began scientific studies while practicing drawing, painting and animation. After art studies, he travelled to the pacific to do his military service as a drummer in New Caledonia. Back in Paris he divided his time between photography (experiments with pinhole, manufacture of cameras) and video. For 20 years, he has combined his work for living (Advertising) and his work as an author (film shorts). Being a camera inventor as well as a virtual camera maker, François Vogel is both an artist and a scientist.
5. Norangsdalen (1.30)
A landslide dammed the river in Norangsdalen, causing it to flood a farm and small forest. Poem by Erlend O. Nødtvedt
Filmmaker and designer Kristian Pedersen graduated with an MA in Visual Communication from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Norway). Working as a freelance animator and designer in Oslo, he has produced animated poetry films in collaboration with the small press Gasspedal, publishing house Gyldendal, and the National Library. He has developed a distinct visual signature and narrative style, and his films have been featured at festivals for film, animation, literature and poetry film.
6. (No) We, I, Myself and Them? (8.55)
(No) We, I, Myself and Them? is a digital video scroll – an intercultural remediation, genre mix and remake of an ancient Chinese hand scroll of a cityscape and poses questions about the relationship between the individual and society struggling between tradition and cultural progress by using contemporary and historical documentary video footage recorded at Tianamen Square in Beijing. From a poem ‘Massacre’ by Liao Yiw
Christin Bolewski is a digital media artist and filmmaker, who has completed her postgraduate studies at the Academy for Media Arts Cologne. Her work is a critical examination of the potential of digital media in order to broaden the aesthetic possibilities of audio-visual film art.
7. bråten (4.00)
bråten is the third video based on Ottar Ormstad’s ‘telefonkatalogdiktet’ (‘the phonebook poem’), a book of concrete poetry published in Norway by Samlaget (2006).
The meeting between the Norwegian poet and filmmaker Ottar Ormstad and the Russian composer Taras Mashtalir at e-Poetry2013 in London and later in Bergen (Norway), has resulted in a great collaboration. Together they are OTTARAS, and so far they have produced six sound poetry tracks based on earlier works by Ottar Ormstad and with videos made by Alexander Vojjov and Yan Kalnberzin. All works are produced in two versions: one for plain screening and one for performances.