MALECH | CAMPBELL/JOHNSON | “Working Order”

Audiences are buzzing about Gentleman Scholar’s honey-dripping adaptation of Dora Malech’s errant poem about the “small gravity” of nature’s machines.

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SHIPPY | REECE | “Western Civilization”

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.”

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HERNANDEZ | JOHNSON | “All American”

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.”

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ANDERSON | FIGEL/MONTAGUE | “Stupid Sandwich”

Carolyn Figel and Andrew Montague of MPC stack turkey, cheese, and wind-up teeth between slices of baseball and boxing to adapt Nathan Anderson’s knockout “Stupid Sandwich.”

So yeah, we all have these moments.

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WUNDERLICH | TRIBUIANI | “White Fur”

Psyop director/designer Georgia Tribuiani tracked poet Mark Wunderlich’s “White Fur” into the San Gabriel Mountains for this gorgeously re-imagined poem-within-a-poem inspired by Caravaggio’s “Narcissus.”

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Our 2014 premiere drew 600!

Motionpoems unveiled Season 5 by premiering 16 new films in the luxurious Walker Art Center cinema in Minneapolis on May 22.

600 people were there! Congratulations to all our poets and filmmakers!

See you for our next premiere April 10, 2015!

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HICOK | MOLLER | “Circles in the Sky”

Seeing beauty in vultures, poet Bob Hicok and filmmaker Keri Moller circle back to the living in this quiet, tenderly wrought motionpoem.

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KUMIN | TOW | “Either Or”

Socrates had some either/or thoughts about death. Poet Maxine Kumin has some thoughts about those thoughts. Filmmaker Adam Tow adds his thoughts to hers.

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STRAND | WENNER | “The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter”

Filmmaker Scott Wenner didn’t take many interpretive liberties with this poem, though it bears his particular stamp. And now it has your address. Happy New Year from Motionpoems!

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HIRSHFIELD | OLSON & SAUNDERS | “The Cloudy Vase”

“The old clearness” leaps from Jane Hirshfield’s haiku-like poem into this motionpoem by Scott Olson and Jeff Saunders.

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