Cadence 2020 – End Times: Video Poetry Showcase [Online]
Sliding scale admission: $0–25
Please pay what you can; proceeds support our move to a virtual platform!
Each showcase will be available to view for 24 hrs from the listed showtime (PDT).
Cadence is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.
• • HOW TO WATCH • •
- Purchase a ticket through Brown Paper Tickets in advance of the listed showtime (PDT). Registration ends 1 hour before the start time.
- 30 minutes before each screening, NWFF will send a link and password to your registered e-mail address! (Don’t see it? Check your spam filter.) The password will expire at the end of the 24 hr screening window. No late seating!
- If by showtime you do not receive an e-mail with details, please contact email@example.com for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam!)
If you’d like to support these artists directly, check for their PayPal or Venmo in the program below!
The current apocalypse, the post-apocalypse, your personal apocalypse—video poems in this screening address endings. Through premonitions and memories of the dire past, these works draw our attention to how they end, the end of an era, the end of a species, or the end of the world—all through our own making.
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month. Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry, approaching it as a literary genre presented as visual media.
Image Credit: Entre Les Images by Vito A. Rowlands
Short Film Program:
The Prophetess (La Prophétesse)
(Marco Joubert, Canada, 2020, 3 min)
Drawing from the observations, experiences and thoughts gathered throughout her life, the prophetess, in a surge of hope and altruism, shares her conception of a world which should have been, could or will be: a manifesto, for a fictitious or latent generation.
Still Life with Small Objects of Perfect Choking Size
(Erin Lynch & Keetje Kuipers, Seattle, WA, 3 min)
Video poem by Erin Marie Lynch, based on the poem “Still Life with Small Objects of Perfect Choking Size” by Keetje Kuipers.
(Hisham Bustani & Kazz Torabyeh, Jordan, 10 min)
In this videopoetry film, Hisham Bustani’s poems are transformed in collaboration with Kazz Torabyeh into an audiovisual medium, accompanied by French and English translations. The film speaks to pressing, contemporary issues – the consequences of the planet and humanity’s rapid descent into self-destruction – as well as speaking to the possibilities of poetry as a literary form, its musicality, the elements that form it and its contemplative nature as it explores the possibilities of engagement with other art forms, both auditory and visual.
Into the Woods (Im Walde)
(Moritz Liewerscheidt & Jenny Dam, Germany, 2019, 2 min)
Into the Woods is a cinematic approach to a short poem from the 1980s by German poet Dieter Liewerscheidt – and a homage to the style of Henri Rousseau’s naïve art.
(Adam E. Stone, US, 2020, 1 min)
A one-minute poem film about building barriers vs. living with a heart full of love, filmed predominantly with an iPhone 5c, between 2015 and 2019, in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.
Entre Les Images
(Vito A. Rowlands, Belgium/USA, 2020, 4 min)
A young woman laments the loss of her innocence and mourns her lover as Europe is ravaged by war in the summer of 1914. This found footage film is composed of original 35mm nitrate film stills from lost or partially preserved prints.
The Blue from Heaven
(Suzie Hanna & Stevie Smith, UK, 2019, 4 min)
Glenda Jackson provides the voice of poet Stevie Smith in this animated interpretation of her extraordinary 1950s poem The Blue from Heaven. Suzie Hanna has adapted and animated the poet’s own drawings to communicate her rueful, wistful, comic, and melancholy themes with music and sound design by Phil Archer.
The Tiger (Le Tigre)
(bobie [Yves Bommenel], France, 2019, 3 min)
Having become so rare in nature, the tiger embodies this line of flight between the globalized collective unconscious and the ancient pagan psyche. Thus, if the peoples who live near it have made it a shamanic symbol, pop culture has adopted its figure and its patterns. Halfway between childlike imaginary and fake animal documentary, this poetic video fantasy immerses us in a dreamlike world. For all the images of the empty Lisbon’s zoo and the narrative by two voices of synthesis question us about the survival of the wild beast and our place in this essentially urban jungle. A future where only its representation and the corythucha ciliata (plane or sycamore lace bug, “tigre du platane” in French) could survive …
(Stephen Howie & Maria McLeod, Sedro Woolley, WA, 2019, 1 min)
Shutter is a short video poem written by Maria McLeod who also serves as narrator, having collaborated with Stephen Howie in production of the video. The video includes found film footage as well as imagery of a vintage film projector in usage. The video poem is, in a sense, a meta-film on the ephemeral nature of art as fragile evidence of our existence.
(Perry Jonsson & Kevin Mclean, UK, 2018, 4 min)
Spoken word poet Kevin Mclean performs Evelyn, a poem written about his mother’s passing.
(Stalin Santiago & Jessica Rodriguez, US, 2020, 2 min)
Capitol Kitsch is a brief meditation on the rapid changes brought to people by corporate interest and gentrification.
(Fiona Tinwei Lam & Tisha Deb Pillai, Vancouver, BC, 2018, 1 min)
Plasticnic is an animated short poem that wryly depicts the extent and impact of the accumulation of plastic in the environment as people ceaselessly continue to purchase, use and discard single-use plastics. We seek out and enjoy nature while simultaneously destroying it.
(Adam Mańkowski & Mark Tardi, Poland, 2019, 3 min)
It could be Chernobyl, Chicago, or a dystopian near future; and it could be a world more wolf than lion, more hyena than either. Prologue, a video poem, based on an excerpt from book The Circus of Trust by Mark Tardi.
Somewhere between fear and anxiety
(Stephen Howard Bean, Ireland, 2020, 4 min)
The words of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky torment a mother’s mind.
Fragile Vehicles (Les Supports fragiles)
(Hélène Matte, Canada, 3 min)
A video poem about fragility and obsolescence.
Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction
(Cheryl Gross & Nicelle Davis, US, 2019, 16 min)
Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction is a multi-platform project by Cheryl Gross and Nicelle Davis, addressing the eventual disappearance of our culture using animals as metaphors. We explore issues of global warming, displacement, assault, and poverty.
Back to Festival Catalog:
Cadence, the only festival dedicated to video poetry in the PNW, fosters critical and creative growth around its genre. This year we will host five online showcases of short video poetry works by 83 artists from 20 different countries, selected from an open call for submissions and solicitations. In 2020, Cadence is moving online for the first time, in response to Washington State’s Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate. All programs priced on a sliding scale.