Some years ago, two young parents abandoned their child in a Michigan woods. Poet Laura Kasischke wonders: “Did they sleep that night?” Filmmaker Laurent Barthelemy and dancer Shizuka Kusayanagi take her hand.
MoPoProduced with Scribner’s BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2014.
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Step right up and test your love: Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard narrates this tender amusement of a poem by Mark Kraushaar. It wins.
This wing-ding of a MoPo was produced with Alaska Quarterly Review, for 30 years one of the midway’s best funhouses.
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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.”
MoPoProduced 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.”
MoPoProduced with Best American Poetry and Sarabande.
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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 a filmmaker and a poet in 2008, Motionpoems Inc is an ambitious nonprofit production company in Minneapolis whose mission is to broaden the audience for poetry.
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. 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 7, 2015: Our 6th annual world premiere of new films at THE WALKER ART CENTER in Minneapolis.
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.
STEFAN LESSARD of the Dave Matthews Band | CHRIS JOPP of Open Window | ARAN QUIN & JEFF DATES of The Mill | ROB PEREZ | PABLO DELCAN | LAURENT BARTHELEMY & SHIZUKI KUSAYANAGI | NOAH DORSEY | JOHN AKRE | MATT CRAIG | SAM HOOLIHAN | JULIAN WAYSER | EVAN HOLM | more
ALBERT GOLDBARTH | STEPHEN DUNN | JOHN KOETHE | LAURA KASISCHKE | VICTORIA KELLY | MARK KRAUSHAAR | MATTHEW ZAPRUDER | SEAN HILL | CIRCE MAIA | W.S. MERWIN | more
POETS: Nathan Anderson | Erin Belieu | Marvin Bell | Robert Bly | Todd Boss | Tishani Doshi | Robert Gibb | Dobby Gibson | K. A. Hays | David Hernandez | Bob Hicok | Jane Hirshfield | L. S. Klatt | Maxine Kumin | David Lehman | James Longenbach | Eireann Lorsung | Bridget Lowe | Thomas Lux | Freya Manfred | Dora Malech | David Mason | Tim Nolan | Eric Pankey | Peter Jay Shippy | Mark Strand | Dag Straumsvag | David Wagoner | Richard Wilbur | Leila Wilson | Mark Wunderlich | Dean Young
VIDEO ARTISTS: Babe Elliott Baker | Emma Burghardt | Will Campbell & Will Johnson of GENTLEMAN SCHOLAR | Antonio Cicarelli | Juan Delcan | John Eickholt | Faith Eskola | Carolyn Figel of MPC | David P. Hanson | Tom Jacobsen | Richard Johnson | Angella Kassube | Deb Kirkeeide | Joanna Kohler | Andrew Montague of MPC | Scott Olson | Jay Orff | 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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