16th October 2016

 
In partnership with the
 Indie
Cork Festival of Independent Film & Music
 
the 4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition

The competition shortlist of 28 films will be screened in two parts, at the Blacknight Festival Centre, Kino Cinema on Washington St (see map beneath this programme).

The films were chosen from 163 submissions from 28 countries, completed in the last two years. This year the shortlisted entries represent fifteen countries: Ireland, USA, Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Ukraine, Canada, Israel, Italy, Estonia, Finland, Belarus and Portugal.

The 2016 Ó Bhéal judges, poet Kathy D’Arcy and filmmaker / CEO of Film in Cork Rossa Mullin, selected one overall winner to receive the IndieCork festival award for best poetry film.

Our congratulations to winner Marie Craven from Australia for her stunning poetry-film, Dictionary Illustrations.


Tickets to each screening are €5.50 (conc. €5.00)


 




Competition Shortlist – Screening A (49:56)

Sunday 16th October @ 12.00pm

Blacknight Festival Centre, Kino Cinema, Washington St. Cork




Sun Hours (2:00)

Poem: Sun Hours by Adi Tishrai

Synopsis – The video is about the desire to enjoy the sun during the “sun hours”, versus the boring and depressing routine of a 9-5 job.

Director: Dotan Gur (Israel)

In 2014 Dotan completed his BA in Television and Cinema at Tel Aviv University. He has directed the short film “Man needs a maid” (2013) and the commercials “Rov Ha’ear” (2014) and “Love Me” (2014). He won the “bezefer” competition and is also a photographer and editor.



Once in Whitley Bay (3:54)

Poem: Once in Whitley Bay by Robin Kidson

Synopsis – A young man in 1965 fantasises about the surfing in the USA and compares it to his own culture in northern England.

Director: Diana Taylor (UK)

Diana is a director at Redcliffe Films and has been working with Bristol Poets making poetry films since 2009. Her films have been shown in major venues in around Bristol including the Watershed , the Arnolfini , Colston Hall Cube Cinema, the BBC Big Screen and Old Vic Theatre Bristol. Diana’s poetry films have also been selected for the Portabello Film Festival, London, The Zebra International Poetry Festival Berlin, Annual Programme Without Frontiers Barcelona, Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival Bristol, Visible Verse Poetry Film Festival Vancover, Sadho International Poetry Film Festival New Delhi, Athens International Poetry Film Festival, Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival USA. She was shortlisted for the Kiev International Poetry Film Festival.

Diana has a poetry YouTube channel Taylor9ization and a Diana Taylor Poetry Shorts Facebook Page.



Dictionary Illustrations (2:13)

WINNER

Poem: Dictionary Illustrations by Sarah Sloat

Synopsis – Searching for a word, I set off browsing the dictionary illustrations.

Director: Marie Craven (Australia)

Marie Craven assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice and moving images by various artists around the world. Created via the internet, the pieces are collaborative in a way that belongs to the 21st century. Social networking and open media licensing are key to the process. Since 2014, Marie has put together many video poems, most often in association with The Poetry Storehouse and Pool creative group.

She has also collaborated for several years as a vocalist with electronic musicians globally, also via the internet. During the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote and directed short narrative and experimental films that were screened and awarded widely at international film festivals. Her earliest involvement in media was in the mid-1980s with super 8 film-making in Melbourne.

http://vimeo.com/mariecraven


 
 
 
 
 



One Dream Opening Into Many (3:15)

Poem: One Dream Opening Into Many by Kallie Falandays

Synopsis – A constructed stream of consciousness: mother sun blue bird skin dying water.

Director: Marie Craven (Australia)

As per Dictionary Illustrations above.

http://vimeo.com/mariecraven



Red Line Haiku (4:24)

Poem: Red Line Haiku by Brian Kirk

Synopsis – Dublin is an old city and the Red Line is a new mode of transport. This film explores the twin ideas of tradition and modernity and how they overlap in our lives all the time. It observes the daily interactions of members of the public on the trams as they travel into and out of the city.

Director: Bao Zhu (China/Ireland)

Bao Zhu is a passionate film maker who comes from China. After achieving a bachelor degree of management in China, she decided to go abroad to pursue her dream of film. She is currently a student studying television operation and production in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. She is on the way to starting a career via a camera viewfinder.



SMART USER (0:44)

Poem: SMART USER by Kuesti Fraun

Synopsis – A reinterpretation of the Lord’s Prayer.

Director: Kuesti Fraun (Germany)

Kuesti Fraun is an independent filmmaker and author from Germany specialized in the production of short-format stories in motion picture and sounds.



Two Story Train (1:46)

Poem: Two Story Train by Martha McCollough

SynopsisTwo Story Train is a collage of elements including film shot on an iPhone in Massachusetts and West Texas and altered stock footage. It is concerned with the desert, adaptation, and extinction.

Director: Martha McCollough (USA)

Martha McCollough is a writer and video artist living in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in The Baffler, Cream City Review, and Salamander, among others. Her videopoems have appeared in Triquarterly, Datableed, and Atticus Review, and at film festivals including Visible Verse and Liberated Words.



Us Right Now (6:00)

Poem: Song of Calling by Dr Gareth Jenkins

Synopsis – Set in the semi-darkness and overlaid with sparse poetic vocals this collaboration is a work of intimate moments, building rhythms, and architectural physicality which turn the viewer into voyeur. Inspired by the motion of rocking their newborn, Adam and Lisa explore the movement in a sensual, romantic duet where their relationship is reborn and rediscovered as they explore their physical and emotional nakedness.

Gareth Jenkins’ poetry and vocal delivery draw together the themes of new life, rediscovery and sensuality in the refrain of reunion: we meet and we meet again. The poet emphasises the potential of the breath, bodily movement and skin to create and complicate human connection.

Director: Jason Lam (Australia)

Dr Jason Lam is the other kind of doctor. He was also a respected dancer performing widely as an independent artist and with companies such as Sydney Dance Company, Opera Australia and tasdance and continues to teach. He also works as a visual artist, filmmaker and photographer and has created works for the Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre, and the Bavarian State ballet amongst others. His films have shown nationally and internationally.

He is much too disorganized to have an up to date website but a brief glimpse may be found at www.kaboomstudios.com



DADA! (6:53)

Poem: DADA! by Stephen Chang

Synopsis – Told through creative imagery, homemade props, and the exploitation of reluctant family members as actors, the 7-minute film DADA! will leave you with the Kubrick-esque feeling of “What the fuck did I just see?” while at the same time resonating on a deeper level with the internal hopes and fears we all mask in our lives.

Director: John Weselcouch (USA)

John Weselcouch is known for his work on The Purge (2013), Like Crazy (2011) and A Sense of Humor (2011). Stephen Chang is 31 years old and was born in Los Gatos, CA. He currently is an actor/filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Krystal, newborn son Stevie, and dog Tux. This is Stephen Chang and John’s Weselcouch’s first collaboration together and Stephen Chang’s début film.



Peter and the Wolf (Aladdin Sane?) (4:25)

Poem: Peter and the Wolf (Aladdin Sane?) after David Bowie – by Stanley Notte

Synopsis – A film that reflects a (found) poem written using David Bowie Song titles that is both a tribute to David Bowie, and a commentary on mental health issues, particularly in men.

Director: Patrick O’ Shea (Ireland)

Patrick studied film in DIT Aungier St. after which he moved to Luxembourg and worked in the film studios of Carousel Pictures and Deluxe Productions. His debut feature film Tree Keeper premiered at the 56th Cork Film Festival and has screened around the world. He directed The Brutal Truth which won Best in Cork at the 2016 Fastnet Film Festival and Jackie Oh!!! which won the Consulate of Ireland award at the 2015 Chicago Irish Film Festival. His short film Penny won the Prize for ‘Best Drama’ at the Corona International Fastnet Short Film Festival in 2009 and screened on RTÉ as part of its Short Screen series.



The Nat King Cole Post Office (1:31)

Poem: The Nat King Cole Post Office by Jack Cochran

Synopsis – In this personal experimental film mashup by Jack Cochran and Pam Falkenberg, the poet’s trip to the Nat King Cole Post Office in LA unexpectedly morphs into an offer of salvation followed by bickering amongst some great philosophers and visits to Friedrich Nietzsche’s and Nat King Cole’s graves. This short video is a stand alone follow up in the same style as the longer compi-lation video, “The Cost of Living.” Like “Cost,” “The Nat King Cole Post Office” takes as its start-ing point a Polaroid still and a short poem written by Jack Cochran, but from there, found footage, special effects, and a collage of audio sources combine with live action footage in ways perhaps not possible before the ubiquity of the internet and the affordability of high quality HD video equipment.

Directors: Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran (USA)

Pam Falkenberg is an independent filmmaker who received her PhD from the University of Iowa, where she directed the largest student film society in the US. She also ran film series for the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. Her experimental film with Dan Curry, Open Territory, received an individual filmmaker grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the Center for New Television and the Indiana Arts Council. OT was screened at numerous film festivals, including the AFI Video Festival, and was nominated for a regional Emmy. Her other films include museum installations, scholarly/academic hybrid works shown at film conferences, and a documentary commissioned by the Peace Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

Jack Cochran is an independent filmmaker who has produced, directed, or shot a variety of ex-perimental and personal projects. He also works as a Director of Photography, with extensive experience shooting commercials, independent features, and documentaries. His features and documentaries have been shown at the Sundance, Raindance, Teluride, Tribeca, Edinburgh, Chicago, Houston, and Taos film Festivals, winning several honors. His commercials and documentaries have won Silver Lions from Cannes, a BAFTA (British Academy Award), Peabody Awards, and Cable Aces. Jack was trained at the University of Iowa Creative Writers Workshop as well as the University of Iowa film studies program. Some of his notable credits include Director of Photography on Brian Griffin’s Claustrofoamia, Cinematography for Antony Thomas’ Tank Man, Director/Cinematographer of vientonocturno, and Cinema-tographer of Ramin Niami’s feature film Paris.



Repères (Landmarks) (5:47)

Poem: Repères (Landmarks) by Karoline Georges

Synopsis – 13 black and white landscapes from Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin and Hamburg, each present a poetic suggestion, in French, integrated into the urban environment.

 
Director: Karoline Georges (Canada)

Karoline Georges, born in Montréal, Canada is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her artistic research is guided by her quest for a different kind of sublime – a polymorphic, hybrid sublime. Taking the form of video, 3D modelling, literature, sound and virtual photography, her works are populated by digital avatars, clones and networked consciences; through them, she seeks a digital form of transcendence, poetry and spirituality. As a writer, she has published several literary works, including Under the Stone, Anvil Press, Vancouver; La Mue de l’hermaphrodite, Leméac, Montréal / Éditions ère, Paris; Ataraxie, L’Effet pourpre, Montréal; Sous Béton, Alto, Québec; and Variations Endogènes, Alto, Québec.

She has exhibited works throughout Canada, Europe and the Americas, most notably at the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena, the Vancouver Visible Verse Festival, ORANGE, Contemporary Art Event of Saint-Hyacinthe, la Biennale internationale des poètes en Val-de-Marne, Mois de la Poésie, La Bande Vidéo and Festival Voix d’Amériques. In 2012, she received the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s prize for artistic creation.



Love Mykolaiv if you dare (4:32)

Poem: About form by Yurii Andrukhovych

Synopsis – The film introduces viewers to architecture and the peculiarities of life in Nikolaev. We love our city, but over the years it loses shape. How to correct it? Imagine that you found a magic music box, which is able to change any of the drawbacks.

Director: Angie Bogachenko (Ukraine)

Anzhela Siveria (Bogachenko) is an illustrator, designer, filmmaker and essayist. She was born in Donetsk, grew up in Mykolaiv and now lives in Kiev. Anzhela takes part in various literary, film and videopoetry festivals.Anzhela has participated and won prizes in festivals: poetry festival “Waterline” (Mykolaiv, 2015), vieopoetry festival “Bathyscaphe”(Mykolaiv, 2013), “Voloshyn’s September» (Crimea, 2013-2015), «CYCLOP» (Kyiv, 2012-2015), «Zebra» (Berlin, 2014), “Days of Ukrainian cinema in Spain” (Spain, Catalonia, 2014), “Chestnut House” (2013), “Open Night” (Kyiv, 2015), “Molodist” (Kyiv, 2015), “DoctorClip” (Rome, Italy – 2015), “Lviv’s publishers Forum” (Lviv, 2015).

After winning at the festival “Civil projector” (Nikolaev, 2015) Anzhela was selected for the most oldest Ukrainian film festival “Molodist”.
She is also the curator of “Poetry mail” by the cultural project LITCENTR.
Her prose was published in books and anthologies, such as: “Euromaidan. Chronicle of short stories”,“Stanislavski phenomenon”, “Glass Time * Zeitglas”, “Crimea in ukrainian” etc.



Adondar a lingua
(Kneading language)
(2:32)

Poem: Adondar a lingua (Kneading language) by Celia Parra

Synopsis – “Kneading language” speaks about love for language and the emotional roots that connect us to it. It explores the role of family in transmitting affection for our culture and traditions.

Director: Celia Parra (Spain)

Celia Parra (Ourense, 1990) is a film producer and award- winning poet. She has worked for the main Galician film producer companies, and now is the executive co-producer of Versogramas, the first documentary about videopoetry, developed with Esferobite (now in financing process). She has been awarded in several poetry prizes, has written an individual poem collection (No berce das mareas, The craddle of tides) and counts with texts published in diverse collective publications. She is currently devoted to the experimentation of hybrid forms of poetry: digital poetry, videopoems and audiopoems.




Competition Shortlist – Screening B (47:13)

Sunday 16th October @ 2.00pm

Blacknight Festival Centre, Kino Cinema, Washington St. Cork




What The Waves Brought In (3:15)

Poem: What The Waves Brought In by Jenene Ravesloot

Synopsis – The refugee crisis is a world issue. This poem and film highlights just a small part of it.

Director: Paul Broderick (USA)

Paul Broderick is an Irish filmmaker living in the USA. He has been making poetry films for over 2 years.



Joining the Lotus Eaters (1:16)

Poem: Joining the Lotus Eaters by Laura M Kaminski

Synopsis – Ghosts in the night garden.

Director: Marie Craven (Australia)

Marie Craven assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice and moving images by various artists around the world. Created via the internet, the pieces are collaborative in a way that belongs to the 21st century. Social networking and open media licensing are key to the process. Since 2014, Marie has put together many video poems, most often in association with The Poetry Storehouse and Pool creative group.

She has also collaborated for several years as a vocalist with electronic musicians globally, also via the internet. During the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote and directed short narrative and experimental films that were screened and awarded widely at international film festivals. Her earliest involvement in media was in the mid-1980s with super 8 film-making in Melbourne.

http://vimeo.com/mariecraven



Eclipse (5:59)

Poem: Eclipse by Eugenia Lindblad

Synopsis – The main character of the poem is a fictional individual named Eclipse, in Arabic language Al Kusuf. Al Kusuf arrives in Sweden in the 80’s at the age of nine after an incredible escape from the Moroccan Atlas mountain and a solo journey of the Mediterranean. During a short stay in an Italian castle, he sees on its interior walls enigmatic letters revealing the secret of his past and showing him the way to safety to the Swedish coast. Eclipse belongs to a noble Moroccan Berber tribe, his father was the chief.

 
Director: Eugenia Lindblad (Italy)

Eugenia Berti Lindblad was born in 1962 in Italy. She left Rome after completing a conventional history of classical studies, degree in law, leadership in public administration, and moved to Sweden where she started her cosmopolitan experience. A long stay in Turkey, UAE, UK, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean origins made her a “young” neophyte of the latest photographic generation, poetry filmmaking and photo-poetry writing. She published a photo-poetry book entitled Words Trapped into Icons, which is part of Orthogonal, a larger collection of poems.

The film Eclipse is based on the same poem also known as Eclipse published in the book Words trapped into icons. Three of the poems from the collection Orthogonal will be published in December in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary poetry in Italy.

She is the co-founder of Eclissi9



SADDLE (3:54)

Poem: SADDLE by Corbin Louis

Synopsis – Saddle is a spoken word animation created by Corbin Louis, Elan Wright, Seth From Above and Devin Ensz. The author faces mortality while striving to live on in the books and poems and hearts of all that came before him.

Directors: Corbin Louis and Devin Ensz (USA)

Corbin Louis is a poet and performer from Seattle Washington. He is a recording artist and MFA student at University of Washington Bothell. Corbin’s work has previously been featured in Best American Experimental Writing, Clamor Magazine, Atticus Review, The Visible Verse Film Festival and others. The author seeks to extend stage performance through design mediums and visual rhythm. Ink becomes saliva and sweat. Salt water and whispers. The poet lives!



Thames Way (5:56)

Poem: Thames Way by Diarmuid Fitzgerald

Synopsis – This is a photographic journey of the river Thames with poems

Directors: Diarmuid Fitzgerald and Ciarán Ó Floinn (Ireland)

Diarmuid Fitzgerald was born in Ireland in 1977. He lived in Japan and England. He currently lives in Dublin. His first collection of haiku and tanka Thames Way was published in 2015 by Alba Publishing.

Ciarán Ó Floinn was born in Dublin in 1977. He studied music composition in Maynooth University. He has just recently completed his second film score for the independent documentary Thou Art: Dublin.



Known Unto God (3:11)

Poem: Known Unto God by Bill Manhire

Synopsis – Mud and and pigment animation interpreting New Zealander poet Bill Manhire’s poem about tragic death of youths in WW1, comprised of 14 short epitaphs for unknown NZ soldiers killed at the Somme, and for unnamed refugees drowning as they flee from wars now, 100 years later. Poem and animation commissioned for exhibition in ‘Fierce Light’ for Norfolk and Norwich Festival, May 2016.

“Known Unto God writes the epitaphs to the lost of our world: those fallen soldiers of the Somme whose bodies were never found; those refugees of today who drown seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Bill Manhire and Suzie Hanna have created a bold and powerful memorial to the voiceless, and a reminder that WW1 was a conflict that shook the entire world, and that our lives have grown ever more interconnected since.” – Sam Ruddock, WCN.

Director: Suzie Hanna (U.K.)

Professor Suzie Hanna is Chair of Animation Education at Norwich University of the Arts. She is an award-winning animator who collaborates with other academics and artists, and whose research interests include animation, poetry, puppetry and sound design.



Baisan and Buben – F5 (2:26)

Poem: F5 by Ales Baisan Plotka

Synopsis – F5 video was made by Anatoly Kuris, known with his works for Saint Gooseberry band. The video shows the emotional state of loving creatures in a new world. Web world. World 2.0.

Director: Anatoly Kuris  (Belarus)

Born and raised in Bierascie, Belarus, Anatoly Kuris is an illustrator and motion graphic artist living and working in Mosсow.



Helvetinjumalankone (Hell’sgodmachine) (3:32)

Poem: Helvetinjumalankone by Ville Hytönen

Synopsis – A young man has escaped his previous life and love in new surroundings. His past forms the lens through which he sees everything.

Director: Sanna Larmola (Estonia / Finland)

Sanna Larmola M.A. (b. 1975) is a Finnish filmmaker and photographer. She has graduated as BBA in business administration, BA in media and worked several years in administration and marketing in international companies, before she decided to concentrate in creative work by being a full time filmmaker and photographer.

In 2010 she graduated as Master of Arts (M.A.) in film production and co-founded a small production company Into Production LLP (Manchester, UK) and made her living by doing documentary short films (f.e.x. to NHS), promotional films for organizations, music videos for local Mancunian bands in addition to fiction films, obviously. In 2014 she relocated herself in Tallinn, Estonia where she now continues her creative work. She co-runs a production company Tuotantoyhtiö Käenpesä (established 12/2014) together with her husband & partner in arts Kivi Larmola.



The Eternal Footman (0:53)

Poem: The Eternal Footman by Jack Cochran

Synopsis – Inspired by a single Polaroid still and a short poem by Jack Cochran, and haunted by T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “The Eternal Footman” explores the space between callow youth and bitter experience, exemplified by an action figure whose only superpower is circling the drain.

Directors: Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran (USA)

Pam Falkenberg is an independent filmmaker who received her PhD from the University of Iowa, where she directed the largest student film society in the US. She also ran film series for the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. Her experimental film with Dan Curry, Open Territory, received an individual filmmaker grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the Center for New Television and the Indiana Arts Council. OT was screened at numerous film festivals, including the AFI Video Festival, and was nominated for a regional Emmy. Her other films include museum installations, scholarly/academic hybrid works shown at film conferences, and a documentary commissioned by the Peace Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

Jack Cochran is an independent filmmaker who has produced, directed, or shot a variety of ex-perimental and personal projects. He also works as a Director of Photography, with extensive experience shooting commercials, independent features, and documentaries. His features and documentaries have been shown at the Sundance, Raindance, Teluride, Tribeca, Edinburgh, Chicago, Houston, and Taos film Festivals, winning several honors. His commercials and documentaries have won Silver Lions from Cannes, a BAFTA (British Academy Award), Peabody Awards, and Cable Aces. Jack was trained at the University of Iowa Creative Writers Workshop as well as the University of Iowa film studies program. Some of his notable credits include Director of Photography on Brian Griffin’s Claustrofoamia, Cinematography for Antony Thomas’ Tank Man, Director/Cinematographer of vientonocturno, and Cinema-tographer of Ramin Niami’s feature film Paris.



The Bloom (0:55)

Poem: The Bloom by Jack Cochran

Synopsis – A single Polaroid still and a short poem written by Jack Cochran form the starting point for this experimental collage cinépoem essay about the memory of a lost love.

Directors: Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran (USA)

As above, in The Eternal Footman.



Chamada Geral (Calling All) (3:21)

Poem: Chamada Geral (Calling All) by Mário Henrique Leiria

Synopsis – A man walking … in freedom.

Director: Manuel Vilarinho (Portugal)

Manuel Vilarinho works on TVI, Independent Television in Portugal , since 2001. He graduated in Tecnologia da Comunicação Audiovisual by IPP, Instituto Politecnico do Porto in 2004. He directed several video clips to the music band Fat Freddy during 2000 and 2003. In 2001 he won the FESTIVIDEO FILM FESTIVAL, the First Prize and Public award on OVAR VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL, with the short cut, “LADROES”. In 2004 he won the TAKE ONE prize in International Video Festival of Vila de Conde, with, “AGUENTA, RAPAZ” and in 2013 he won the Ó BHÉAL International Poetry-Film Competition with “No País dos Sacanas”. In 2016 he won the Festival Silêncio Poetry Film Festival award with “Chamada Geral” .

Since 2012 he has participated in several Video Poetry Film Festivals, like FESTIBÉRICO – FESTIVAL DE CINEMA PORTUGUÊS E ESPANHOL, Holanda, BUDI – Busan Universiade for Digital Contents (Portuguese Programme), Korea, FEST – Festival de Cinema e Vídeo Jovem de Espinho, Portugal, CAMINHOS DO CINEMA PORTUGUÊS XII, Portugal, MOSTRA DE CURTAS METRAGENS PORTUGUESAS – Videoteca de Lisboa, Portugal, 2º FESTIVAL DE CINEMA DA COVILHÃ, Portugal, Festival de Cinema, Video e DCine de Curitiba , Brazil, FANTASPORTO – Fest. Int. De Cinema Do Porto , Portugal, MARCHÉ DU FILM COURT – CLERMONT-FERRAND , França, FESTIVIDEO, Portugal , OVAR VÍDEO,Portugal ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Alemanha, Ó BHÉAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY-FILM COMPETITION,Irlanda, ROMA POETRY FILM FESTIVAL,Itália, THE BODY ELECTRIC POETRY FILM FESTIVAL, EUA, MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Ucrânia CO-KISSER | POETRY-FILM FESTIVAL, EUA, FESTIVAL SILÊNCIO POETRY FILM FESTIVAL, Portugal.



A Demonstration (1:57)

Poem: A Demonstration by Jessica Traynor

Synopsis – Commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of A Poet’s Rising for Ireland 2016, A Demonstration reflects on Kathleen Lynn, member of the Irish Citizen Army and chief medical officer during the 1916 Easter Rising, who was stationed in City Hall Dublin. Original music ‘Solasta’ composed by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

Director: Pádraig Burke (Ireland)

Padraig Burke, originally from Kilbrittain in Co. Cork, has worked in television for many years, training with the BBC and working on various programmes for RTE and TG4. More recently he has worked with a number of poets including Dave Lordan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eileán Ní Chuillenáin, Theo Dorgan and Thomas McCarthy. Pádraig also currently undertakes development work for the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.



WAT ZEGT DE ZEE?
(WHAT DOES THE SEA SAY?)
(6:00)

Poem: WAT ZEGT DE ZEE? by Paul Bogaert

Synopsis – A sea expert interprets the sea and convinces the audience. But the sea doesn’t agree.

Directors: Jan Peeters & Paul Bogaert (Belgium)

Visual artist and experimental filmmaker Jan Peeters (°1978) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. In his artistic practice, Jan Peeters currently focuses on so-called ‘iconotextual’ works: he merges words (and more precisely, texts that are set typographically) and moving images (with emphasis on filmic images) to form visual-textual unities of content, which cannot be categorised as either pure image or pure text. In these ‘reading films’ he brings together the languages of literature and visual art, without focussing necessarily on certain implicit elements of mainstream film, such as narration, acting or characters.

Jan Peeters has taken part with his works in exhibitions and festivals in Belgium and abroad. His poetry films were selected for the latest editions of some major international poetry film festivals, such as ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival (Minneapolis), International Festival of Videopoetry by VideoBardo (Buenos Aires) and La Parola Immaginata by Trevigliopoesia (Italy). Today, he is co-ordinating the master courses and teaching at Sint-Lucas in Ghent (LUCA School of Arts). He is also one of the driving forces behind Art Cinema OFFoff, a Belgian cinema for experimental film, based in Ghent.

Paul Bogaert (°1968) lives in Leuven and works in Brussels, Belgium.

“Paul Bogaert’s debut collection of poems, WELCOME HYGIENE, was published in 1996. It features verses full of bizarre logic and a carefully measured mixture of styles and linguistic registers. His restless first person narrator is plagued with over-awareness; the way he analyses himself and others creates an alienating effect. The same rousing mental and physical sensations surface in his second volume Circulaire systemen (Circular systems, 2002). In this collection Bogaert examines his fascination for all things that rotate. A closed, circular system generates security, but also discomfort. In an aloof, pseudo-scientific tone he creates poetic language machines, in which the ordinary is contrasted with the systematic. In 2006, his third collection of poems, AUB (PLEASE), was published. In 2008 Paul Bogaert wrote the National Poetry Day essay Verwondingen (Injuries), in which he tries to explain the secrets of poetry by analyzing the Serbian contribution (2007) to the Eurovision Song Contest. De Slalom soft (the Slalom soft, 2009) is a long, sparkling, narrative poem, featuring a lifeguard in a subtropical swimming paradise, personal coaches, drowned bodies and office workers. Bogaert has proved himself one of the most striking voices among young Flemish poets. His latest collection ‘Ons verlangen’ (Our Longing) is “a horrifying sample sheet of what humans do to each other.”



We are the ones who were born (4:38)

Poem: We are the ones who were born by Katharina Mevissen

Synopsis – To begin: Taking the past into your hands. To ask, what happened. Family. Despite the fear and the lack of words, despite the well-known silence. To begin: Listening, with both hands.

Director: Urs Mader (Germany)

Urs Mader studied in Austria and Finland. Since his graduation he has been working on projects in the field of design and visual com-munications, shifting his focus more onto film and photography in the recent past. He has received praise from cultural organisations for his innovative approach to film-making. Urs is currently stu-dying at the Masters Studio Culture and Identity at the University of the Arts Bremen and is working on a feature film project.



Kino, Washington St. Cork