Cadence 2022 – Cinema Divina: Contemplative Social Art Practice [Online]

Zoom workshop hosted by NWFF
Apr. 30 from 4–6pm PT

This live Zoom event during Cadence 2022 is pay-what-you-can, priced on a sliding scale, $10–100*. Suggested min. contribution $30.

Cadence 2022 is a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival. There are three categories of festival pass (though passes do NOT include workshops): VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person), all available here. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for NWFF patrons! Full Covid policies here.

Duration: 2h


Enliven your deeper wisdom, tenderness, and resilient spirit with contemplative, queer, media artist Marilyn Freeman through their illuminating practice of Cinema Divina.

As we face the ever-intensifying urgency of this troubled world we find ourselves in you are invited to open your heart through Cinema Divina—a contemplative, creative, social art practice. In this live virtual event, Cinema Divina creator Marilyn Freeman will guide participants through a meditative screening ritual with a film they created through and for contemplative practice. 

Marilyn re-imagines the ancient Judeo-Christian ritual of sacred reading or lectio divina in today’s audiovisual vernacular as Cinema Divina—a contemplative screening ritual to deepen your inner knowing, and to increase your capacity for healing yourself and our world. In this event, as Marilyn guides you through a ritual of four increasingly revealing viewings, you will be invited into reverent silences, reflective writing, sharing and spacious listening. 

Marilyn’s new, short poetic film, Like the Air—about love, loss, reflection, and resiliency—will serve as a vector for mindful attention, transporting you as a participant into deeper awareness of your own thoughts, emotions, intuition, and insights. Through the guided screening participants—individually and collectively—co-create the meaning of the piece with their own awareness, imaginations, and associations. Those who engage in this practice nurture their own source for insight into vulnerability, resiliency, gratitude, stillness, love, wonder, courage….  As a practice, Cinema Divina is a way of cultivating the conditions to be wholly awake and infinitely connected if only for a fleeting, wondrous moment.

FAQ: How do I participate?
  • Reserve your sliding-scale ticket through Brown Paper Tickets.
  • 1 hour before the program, NWFF will send a Zoom link and password to your registered e-mail address! (Don’t see it? Check your spam filter.)
  • If you encounter any issues tuning in, please contact for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam first!)

Marilyn Freeman (they/them)

Marilyn Freeman (they/them)

Media Artist | Writer | Queer | Contemplative

Marilyn Freeman (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of reckoning and resiliency, queerness and film, and contemplative, creative and social practices. They are author of The Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory and Contemplative Practice of Media Art  (The 3rd Thing, 2020); and creator of Cinema Divina–short evocative films made for contemplative social practice. Their films have been featured on PBS and in galleries, theaters, festivals and spirituality centers worldwide including The Powerhouse Arena in New York City, the British Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Montreal’s Festival of International Cinema, Cologne’s Feminale, Sydney’s Queer Screen, the Paris Lesbian Film Festival, L.A.’s Outfest, San Francisco’s Frameline, the Bologna Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Barcelona’s Int’l Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Ladyfests from Olympia to London, Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum and Beijing Contemporary Art Center in China. Freeman’s text and media arts essays have been published in/at The Fourth Genre, Blackbird, Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, Rolling Stone and Abbey of the Arts. Freeman recipient of The Evergreen State College Faculty Foundation Grant, The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation Grant, Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects and multiple Washington State Artist Trust Media Arts Fellowships. Recently, Freeman’s Cinema Divina films have been presented in London’s MircoActs Artist Film Screenings, Los Angeles at the 2021 Film and Video Poetry Symposium, and at the 2021 International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece, Madison’s 2021 Midwest Video Poetry Festival, and the SF Bay Area’s 2021 Monologues & Poetry International Film Festival, and currently at Albuquerque’s long-running Experiments in Cinema, 2022.

Social Media & Associated Links:
BookThe Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory and Contemplative Practice of Media Art

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Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2022 Index

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival is an annual series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, held during National Poetry Month. The festival approaches video poetry as a literary genre that is presented as visual media, cultivating new meaning from the combination of text and moving image.

In its fifth year, the 2022 festival features 51 artist teams from throughout the world. Cadence is the Pacific Northwest’s only festival dedicated to the form of video poetry.

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