This is Not a Fairytale

Some years ago, two young parents left their baby in a Michigan woods. Poet Laura Kasischke wonders: “Did they sleep that night? Were they startled when the phone by the bedside rang?” Laurent Barthelemy and Shizuka Kusayanagi’s adaptation of “This Is Not a Fairytale” knows what it feels like to be a toddler in the woods at night–and all the things we must imagine “in order to survive, as he did.”

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The Ring-Toss Lady Breaks a Five

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 poem comes to us courtesy of Alaska Quarterly Review, for 30 years one of the midway’s best funhouses.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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