I’m not positive, but I think the theory of relativity has something to do with arrows, fried eggs, and a radio on a train traveling at light speed. This adaptation of Matthew Zapruder’s “Albert Einstein” by John Akre is full of beautiful guesses.
Co-produced with Copper Canyon Press and BEST AMERICAN POETRY.
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Wayne the Stegosaurus: tiny brain, dinosaur-sized heart. Tie a bow tie to your tail, put some bananas on your head, and watch The Mill’s big and brave and spiny adaptation of Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt’s “Wayne the Stegosaurus.”
Co-produced with The Poetry Foundation.
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Where will you be when your spirit guide comes looking for Keith Moon? When filmmaker Alicia Reece went looking for a poem to animate for Motionpoems Season 5, she found Peter Jay Shippy’s poem about Lucas, marooned 50 miles from Moab, and said: “I want it.”
Co-produced with BEST AMERICAN POETRY.
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Filmed near Lake Geneva Switzerland (and at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern), British filmmaker Richard Johnson and dancer Jasmine Morand present this francoperspective on California poet David Hernandez’s all-inclusive poem, “All American.”
Co-produced with BEST AMERICAN POETRY and SARABANDE.
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Motionpoems unveiled Season 5 by premiering 16 new films in the luxurious Walker Art Center cinema in Minneapolis. 600 people were there! Congratulations to all our poets and filmmakers!
See you at our next premiere: May 21, 2015 at the Walker Art Center. Our donors get exclusive access to advance reservations. Donate below right today!
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It's poetry for the movie-lover in you!
A motionpoem is a short film adaptation of a contemporary poem.
Co-founded by poet Todd Boss and filmmaker Angella Kassube in 2008, Motionpoems Inc is an ambitious nonprofit production company in Minneapolis that makes about a dozen motionpoems a year.
We give dynamite poems to dynamite filmmakers ... and step back! The resulting blasts go out monthly—free to our subscribers—and are felt around the world. We partner with the best publishers in the field. We work with Pulitzer Prize winning poets, major motion picture companies, and early-career artists alike.
Our films (all in glorious hi-def) screen at festivals, cinemas, libraries, museums, bookstores, and schools. And our new public art program brings multimedia poetry experiences to the street.
We do it because we love it.
Motionpoems Season 5 (premiering May 22 at the Walker Art Center) is presented in partnership with:
Alaska Quarterly Review
American Poetry Review
Best American Poetry 2013
Copper Canyon Press
The Iowa Review
The Poetry Foundation
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MAY 21, 2015: Our 6th annual world premiere of new films at THE WALKER ART CENTER in Minneapolis. Two screenings: 6pm and 8pm. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MOTIONPOEMS DONORS: Click donate at right to qualify!
OCT 2015 (TBA): Year 2 of "Arrivals and Departures," our colossal poetry film installation at Union Depot in Saint Paul. Click "Public Art" above for details.
Films by: ANGELA & ITHYLE | AYSE ALTINOK | JAY BUIM | SAIMAN CHOW |ALEX HANSON & EDWARD CHASE MASTERSON of Commandr | JESSICA HUNDLEY | DANNY MADDEN | ALEX HANSON & EDWARD CHASE MASTERSON of Commandr | DIEGO LOZANO & STATTEN ROEG of Det Est | NICOLE McDONALD | BRYAN MICHURSKI | ISAAC RAVISHANKARA | ALICIA REECE | DAN SICKLES & ANTONIO SANTINI | ERIC SCHMIDT | MATT SMITHSON of Man vs Magnet | DIEGO VASQUEZ
Poems by: KIM ADDONIZIO | SARAH BLAKE | STACEY LYNN BROWN | JEHANNE DUBROW | REBECCA MORGAN FRANK | JESSICA GOODFELLOW | MICHALLE GOULD | ANN EICHLER KOLAKOWSKI | MEGHAN O'ROURKE | CATHERINE PIERCE | BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY | PATRICIA SMITH | MELISSA STUDDARD
POETS: Nathan Anderson | Erin Belieu | Marvin Bell | Robert Bly | Todd Boss | Tishani Doshi | Robert Gibb | Dobby Gibson | Albert Goldbarth | K. A. Hays | David Hernandez | Bob Hicok | Jane Hirshfield | Laura Kasischke | L. S. Klatt | Mark Kraushaar | Maxine Kumin | David Lehman | James Longenbach | Eireann Lorsung | Bridget Lowe | Thomas Lux | Freya Manfred | Dora Malech | David Mason | WS Merwin | Kenn Nesbitt | Tim Nolan | Eric Pankey | Peter Jay Shippy | Mark Strand | Dag Straumsvag | David Wagoner | Richard Wilbur | Leila Wilson | Mark Wunderlich | Dean Young | Matthew Zapruder
VIDEO ARTISTS: John Akre | Babe Elliott Baker | Laurent Barthelemy & Shizuki Kusayanagi | Emma Burghardt | Will Campbell & Will Johnson of GENTLEMAN SCHOLAR | Antonio Cicarelli | Juan Delcan | John Eickholt | Faith Eskola | Carolyn Figel of MPC | David P. Hanson | Evan Holm | Tom Jacobsen | Richard Johnson | Chris Jopp | Angella Kassube | Deb Kirkeeide | Joanna Kohler | Stefan Lessard of THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND | Andrew Montague of MPC | Scott Olson | Jay Orff | Aran Quin & Jeff Dates of THE MILL | Alicia Reece of NEIGHBOR | Mark Rubbo | Jeff Saunders | Amy Schmitt | Adam Tow | Georgia Tribuiani of PSYOP | Monika Umba | Matt Van Ekeren | Scott Wenner | Greg Winter
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