Filmpoem 2014, Antwerp

Alastair Cook saying interesting things about film-poemsPoets, musicians, and filmmakers from all over the world converged on FelixPakhuis in Antwerp last Saturday for a fantastic day of screenings and conversation.

It was a pleasure to see John Glenday again, and to meet outstanding poets like Michael Symmons Roberts and Zeynep Köylü alongside filmmakers like Marc Neys and Adele Myers.

You can read more of my thoughts on the day, and view a selection of excellent film-poems from the first screening curated by Alastair Cook, which provides a fine introduction to the genre overall, in my article on the Huffington Post.

Click here to read the article and enjoy the films.

Notes from the Inaugural Filmpoem Festival

Dunbar, Scotland

I had a tremendous time at the Filmpoem Festival in Dunbar, Scotland and wrote a bit about this groundbreaking event for Huffington Post.

In the article, I also give a sample of some of the outstanding films that screened during the festival. Hats off to Alastair Cook for making this such a memorable and momentous event for those of us besotted with this unique emerging genre.

Read the article, and watch the film-poems, on Huffington Post.

Seventeen of Twenty

Alastair Cook has been at it again, with an evocative new project inspired by PechaKucha, wherein he comissioned twenty poets to write very short pieces to accompany twenty seconds of footage each. I was delighted to have been seventeen of twenty, and impressed with the results.

<a href="">Twenty Second Filmpoem</a> from <a href="">Alastair Cook</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.

Jonah (Film-Poem by Alastair Cook)

Lens-based artist Alastair Cook has done a remarkable job incorporating a poem I wrote in memory of our neighbour-friends’ son into a film-poem in his characteristic visual style. Be sure to listen through headphones to get the full effect of Vladimir Kryutchev‘s binaural recordings. The film will premiere at the Felix Poetry Festival in Antwerp soon.

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