I’m featuring videos based on poems in The Poetry Storehouse this week. Artist and poet Peter Ciccariello has three texts on the site. This one was read by Nic Sebastian and made into a film by Marc Neys, A.K.A. Swoon. Marc shared some process notes at his blog.
This soundtrack/reading led me to images I shot over a year ago. Footage of someone looking back, remembering the past, someone watching life gliding by her… Just a few long shots (in and out of focus), nothing else…just the gaze.
Othniel Smith repurposes public-domain imagery from the Internet Archive to accompany Dickinson’s text, which was written in 1862, during the American Civil War.
Made as a part of my residency in Dunbar, Scotland for North Light. For this film I’ve used John Muir’s words as a starting point: my film is an interpretation and carries these words to a different place. All footage was shot during my time there; the poet John Glenday was kind enough to read a passage from John Muir’s autobiography and composer Luca Nasciuti created a soundtrack which fits like a glove.
Thanks to Creative Scotland.
The November selection from Motionpoems is by their co-founder Angella Kassube, and I think it’s one of the best they’ve ever made. The minimalism here really works for me, in part perhaps because I like Dean Young‘s poem so much. The soundtrack (by Carly Zuckweiler) is a perfect match to Tim Nolan’s reading.
Good to see a major player in American poetry film use a reading from someone other than the author. It’s kind of surprising to me that poetry film makers rely so heavily on poets’ own readings, given that all too often we are the least inspired oral interpreters of our own words.