Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2018

Apr 5 - Oct 21, 2018
2 Films , 2 Events


Verse meets visuals in motion during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.

* Cadence is programmed in collaboration with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke. *


Video poetry is the synthesis of two types of imagination. It is text-based video work or a video-based text piece. It is a space within which visual and text are intrinsic to each other. It is a poetry genre that some might call an experimental film. A video poem makes meaning that would not exist if the text was without image, the image without text.

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:15 pm
Cadence: Core Sample

An attempt at describing video poetry with words alone leaves out half the poetry of the genre! Come to this screening to see work that helped define the video poetry genre from its beginnings to outstanding contemporary examples.

A panel discussion on the history and definition of video poetry will follow the screening and include an opportunity for audience questions and contributions. Panelists include Tom Konyves, Amaranth Borsuk, and Nikkita Oliver!

Saturdays, April 7 & 14, 2018
Cadence Workshop

Capture your unique cadence in a collaborative workshop that will take you from conception to premiere screening. Poets and video artists will be paired as teams to create new works of cinepoetry. This match-making workshop will be lead by poet Shin Yu Pai and video artist Gretchen Burger who, through guided writing and filming exercises and group feedback, will support your creative process. Participants will have access to the NWFF editing lab over the last three weeks of April to complete their cinepoem. This is a chance for writers to consider words visually and for filmmakers to approach images poetically.

Workshop participants get complimentary admission to both festival screenings with a guest!

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30 pm
Cadence: Cross Section

What does video poetry look like now and here? This screening is a gathering of submissions from Pacific Northwest artists and the collaborative outcomes of the video poetry workshop offered through NWFF.

Cadence 2018 Call for Entries

NWFF is soliciting video poetry from Northwest filmmakers for inclusion in the final screening of Cadence: A Video Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018. We are looking for works no longer than 10 minutes that fit within the following categories of video poetry:

  • Adaptations/Ekphrasis: Videos created to bring new meaning and dimension to pre-existing poetry. Any poems used for this purpose must be in the public domain or else used with written consent of the author.
  • Collaboration: Video poems created in collaboration between a videographer or video artist and poet.
  • Video by Poets: Poets creating video from, or as, their writing.
  • Poetry by Video Artists: Video artists using text visually or through audio intrinsic to the poetic meaning.

To submit a cinepoem or recommendation of one, please contact NWFF Community Programmer Rana San at by April 6, 2018.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is the author of Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016). She is co-founder and director of Till, a literary organization that offers an annual writing residency at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA. She is outreach coordinator for Conium Review and was previously managing fiction editor at Pacifica Literary Review. She has received support from Jack Straw Cultural Center as a writing fellow, from Artist Trust as an EDGE participant, and from the Cornish College Arts Incubator. She’s received writing residencies from Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale Foundation. Werner-Jatzke has taught creative writing through Seattle Central Community College and served on the board of Lit Crawl Seattle. She received her MFA from Goddard College, during which she was editor-in-chief of Pitkin Review and founded Lit.mustest, a now-defunct reading series.

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