Cadence 2021 – Uncanny Intermingling [Online]
All Cadence 2021 film programs are pay-what-you-can, priced on a sliding scale, $5–25.
Full festival passes are also available for $50, with $35 passes for NWFF members.
* No one turned away for lack of funds; email firstname.lastname@example.org about free community tickets!
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** Co-presented with the Romanian Film Festival Seattle, curated by American Romanian Cultural Society **
Video poetry presents an opportunity for the artistic disciplines to join in an uncanny intermingling. This screening is a place for the weird, awkward, and unreal to dialogue freely with the essential. Pieces in this selection mix media, languages, identities, and topics into an inspiring melange for the senses.
Image credit: an excerpt of Resilience (Suns) by D.K. Pan & Pol Rosenthal
Showcase title credit: The Analysis by Cristiane Oliveira & Desirée Jung
Short Film Program:
(dir. Marquelle Young, poetry by Jamie Wimberly, US, 2020, 1 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)
What could be said when the happiest night of your life becomes an unwelcome nightmare?
I dream a queer allegory
(Michael V. Smith, Jared Mitchell, RM Vaughan, Finn Ballard, Canada, 2020, 2 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)
A collaborative video poem made for “I dream a queer allegory” from the collection, Bad Ideas, 2017, Nightwood Editions.
🏆 Cadence 2021 award-winner! 🏆
(Yuan Zheng, China, 2018, 9 min, in Mandarin, with English subtitles)
An exhausted delivery driver sprawls on the bench of a roadside park and drifts off. In his dream, workers gather together in a Shanzhai (imitation goods) park, where they stop to pose as statues.
🏆 Cadence 2021 award-winner! 🏆
(dir. Cristiane Oliveira, poetry by Desirée Jung, Canada, 2 min, in Portuguese, with hardcoded English subtitles)
A video poem about the bad taste of words.
Bass Pro Shop
(dir. Doug Lehmann & Poni Silver, poetry by Chet Weise, US, 2019, 2 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)
Bass Pro Shop is the second film collaboration between poet Chet Weise and filmmakers Doug Lehmann and Poni Silver. It illustrates Weise’s poem, originally published by Peach Magazine, by casting Weise as an astronaut, traveling to our moon to gain new perspective on his surroundings back home.
No Leaders Please
(dir. Joan C. Gratz, poetry by Charles Bukowski, US, 2020, 2 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)
Works by political artists Basquiat, Banksy, Haring, and Ai Weiwei are brought into conjunction with Charles Bukowski’s poem of self-invention, No Leaders Please.
Untitled, 2017 (Cím nélkül, 2017)
(dir. Naghi Bernard, poetry by Szabó T. Anna, Romania, 2021, 8 min, in Hungarian, with English subtitles)
A hypnotic video poem based on text by Szabó T. Anna.
A Blessing All My Own
(dir. Allexa Laycock, poetry by Claudia Castro Luna & Angela Lemus-Mogrovejo, US, 2019, 2 min, in English, with hardcoded English subtitles)
Claudia Castro Luna and Angela Lemus-Mogrovejo present their collaborative poem A Blessing All My Own.
Holidays #4 & #5
(dir. Neely Goniodsky, poetry by Anastacia-Reneé, US, 2021, 1 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)
A collaborative video poem by participants in the festival workshop, Animated Poetry with Neely Goniodsky, using ground coffee and stop-motion animation techniques set to Anastacia-Reneé’s poetry currently featured in the exhibition, Anastacia-Reneé: (Don’t Be Absurd) Alice in Parts through April 25 at the Frye Art Museum.
(dir. Zania Cummings & Cariena Yard, poetry by Zania Cummings, US, 2020, 3 min, in English, with hardcoded English subtitles)
West coast premiere!
The story of love in its newest form, untainted by expectation.
On the Couch With My Depression
(dir. Angharad Gladding, poetry by Paula Harris, New Zealand, 2020, 6 min, in English, with English subtitles)
Full of excited anticipation, a poet plans to go to a book party. Then along comes depression. A film about yearning simply to be able to brush your teeth and leave the house.
an excerpt of Resilience (Suns)
(dir. D.K. Pan, poetry by Pol Rosenthal, US, 2021, 5 min, in English, with hardcoded English subtitles)
A meditation on time, spheres, and parabolic journeys.
(dir. bobby Morris & Ariadna Franco Martínez, poetry by bobby Morris, Mexico, 2021, 10 min, in English, with Spanish subtitles, Spanish, with English subtitles)
Liberty looks within the safety and space of a relationship at how culture can be held creatively or destructively within the body.
Back to Festival Catalog:
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 fourth year, the 2021 festival features 80 artists from throughout the world. Cadence is the Pacific Northwest’s only festival dedicated to the form of video poetry.
- Huw Wahl’s The Republics
Short film programs:
- Foam to Form
- Housed But Not Homed
- Ink of the Unfamiliar Pen
- This Is How I Excavate
- Uncanny Intermingling
- Cinema Divina: Contemplative, Creative, Communal Practice with Marilyn Freeman (Apr. 21 at 5pm PT)
- Haiku You: An All-Ages Film Poetry Workshop (Apr. 28 at 4pm PT)