This film is part of the larger project Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space, which is a series of performance installations that create intimate places in unfamiliar environments through the play-act of fort building. Using only existing structures and a suitcase full of hand-crafted materials, each fort is constructed, inhabited, noted and dismantled in a live poetic document of sense of place and the origins of home. Notes From the Fort was under way in Reykjavík, Iceland from July-August 2012, then moved to Winnipeg, Canada from September-November 2012. The soundscape that underlies the film was made from sounds collected from the poet/director’s ancestral homes of Austria and Scotland, as well as sounds collected during the implementation of the project in Reykjavík. The poem “expect something and nothing at once” is an imagistic retelling of the poet’s personal sense of home, focusing briefly on a series of bright, vivid images that carry the listener within the walls of the fort and of the poem itself.
For more, visit the Notes from the Fort website. The film was awarded Best Cinematography at the 2013 Suffolk International Film Festival.
Philip Hartigan is a British multimedia artist now living in Chicago. This work is part of an ongoing series of stop-motion animations paired with short written moments of personal narrative, mainly relating to the death of his father. Philip is interested in putting together pieces as a counterpoint to each other, rather than as illustration. His prints, short films and illustrations have been exhibited in solo and group shows in both the USA and the UK.
Another videopoem using found film by Sara Mithra. The description on Vimeo reads:
A poem film by Sara Mithra with music by Maali Maal for Hameenia. I edited footage from the Prelinger Archives of color home movies from the 50s and 60s, cataloguing at least ten hours of film to select these two minutes of clips. The amateur quality of these films, together with the hand-held cinematography and lack of zoom, inspired me to select clips which show the film’s age and draw attention to its material quality by being discolored, scratched, poorly digitized, etc.
As far as my poem, I wanted visuals which were rich, vibrant, and if not capturing the narrative quality of pheasant hunting, could match its erotic power.
The latest film from Irish poet-filmmaker Melissa Diem. According to the description on Vimeo, it was filmed in Peru and Ireland. Sound production is by Colm Slattery.
Sara Mithra is a Vermont-based poet with a particular interest in the use of old home movies and other archival footage for videopoetry. She’s also active on SoundCloud. About Broken Horse, she writes:
This poem film explores the relationship between the labor of the Western frontier and its emotional legacy. Choosing semi-professional archival footage allowed me to present a story of wreckage. Thanks to the Prelinger Archives for providing such a rich trove of creative commons films.
The poet, Fiona Tinwei Lam, also directed and produced this film, with animation by Toni Zhang and Claire Stewart. The text has appeared in Enter the Chrysanthemum (Caitlin Press, 2009) and Poet to Poet, edited by Julia Roorda and Elana Wolff (Guernica Editions, 2012).
A videopoem from the Irish writer, theater director and filmmaker James O’Leary.