Cadence 2022 – What is hidden needs to be seen [Hybrid]

Watch online: Apr. 21 – May 1, 2022

Watch in person: Apr. 22 at 7pm (pre-show mingle 6–7pm!)

Cadence 2022 is a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival. There are three categories of festival pass: 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.


** Join us in the NWFF lobby for a Cadence Mingle from 6–7pm to raise a toast to year five before heading into the program! **


Taking its title from a poem written in morse code and light, this showcase offers meditations on how we present ourselves—where we come from, who we call family, how we communicate. Some works play with a visual language of omission and distortion while others lay bare their lineage and histories, both approaches ask for understanding and recognition. Using persona, art practice, and movement, these works reveal a poetry of visibility.

Header photo credit: corps minéral, dir. Charline Dally & Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin
Showcase title credit: Islet, dir. Bill Psarras

FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket(s) in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.
⚠️ COVID-19 policies ⚠️

For the sake of public safety, NWFF patrons ages 5+ will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read their full COVID-19 policies here.

Films in this program:

Gold Token

An experimental musical poem that explores Black ancestry, culture, and cyclical growing pains. Winner of the Video by Poets Award at Cadence 2022! 🏆

(Director/Poet: Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah, US, 2021, 7 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

Surrealist poem

Surrealist poem by four year-old Oiva Kova, written the same spring that his beloved grandfather passed away, in a language he invented himself.

(Director: Sanna Telkki-Kova, Poet: Oiva Kova, Finland, 2019, 2 min, in English & Finnish, with English subtitles)

untitled ( performance )

A digital poem juxtaposed with a 3D scan. The black chamber is the first one, after the white noise. The chamber, silent, just fine. I see the bridge, the mirrored sphere, the transparent canvas, the interactive draw. Not opaque, projected, reflected, the prism form.

(Directors: Ruxandra Mitache & Andrei Mitache, Poet: Ruxandra Mitache, Romania, 2018, 10 min, nonverbal, with hardcoded English text)

Heron 1954–2002

A visual eulogy that materializes the process of overdue bereavement. World premiere

(Director: Alexis McCrimmon, US, 2022, 4 min, nonverbal, with hardcoded English text)


A visual adaptation of poems from the book Words In My Head, which explore emotions surrounding, gender, sexual orientation, blackness, and feminism through the eye of a gay director from the homophobic African country of Nigeria. US premiere

(Director/Poet: Ayodeji Otuyelu, US, 2021, 18 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

corps minéral

corps minéral proposes an introspective experience inspired by geological transformations and layers of memory, whether they are contained in earth and rocks, or in our cells. US premiere

(Director: Charline Dally & Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin, Poet: Charline Dally, Canada, 2021, 5 min, in English & French with English subtitles)


An exploration of the artist’s connection to the Bindi as an Indian American woman, calling out Western society’s rejection of minority cultural expression yet acceptance of its fetishization in pop culture—appropriation under the guise of appreciation.

(Director/Poet: Mayuri Bhandari, US, 2021, 5 min, in English, with English subtitles)

do not forget (Jangan Lupa)

From its source, an instructional pamphlet given to Indonesians by the Dutch to effectuate their integration, Jangan Lupa develops into a tribute to the search for real, non-performative belonging.

(Director: Jeremy Flohr, Poet: Robin Block, Netherlands, 2021, 4 min, in English & Dutch, with no subtitles or captions)

There's a certain Slant of light

Leaves, shadows, and landscape reveal the words of Emily Dickinson’s poem, There’s a certain Slant of light, accompanied by the notes of Schoenberg and sounds of a winter garden. World premiere

(Director: Susan McCann, Poet: Emily Dickinson, US, 2022, 5 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

Frozen Cry (Llanto Congelado)

Frozen Cry is a tear of freezing water that overflows, dedicated to Colombian poet Lilián Pallares, her niece Mia Gill, and Minnie the cat. US premiere

(Director: Charles Olsen, Poet: Lilián Pallares, Spain, 2020, 5 min, in Spanish, with English subtitles)


A man and a woman. A meeting, and the complex feelings that flow from it. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Bryam Kinkela, France, 2021, 4 min, in French, with English subtitles)

Close Spaces

In lieu of a public health crisis that encouraged isolation and distance, Close Spaces visually interprets African American vernacular English (AAVE) to highlight and exalt the intimate and confined spaces that drive the genuine, everyday connections that are necessary for humanity. Generated during the 2022 Cadence Artist-in-Residency. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Kamari Bright, US, 2022, 5 min)


An ephemeral in-sea event where the artist transmits through light signals based on International Morse Code his message what is hidden needs to be seen.

(Bill Psarras, Greece, 2021, 8 min, nonverbal, with English intertitles)

Festival Directory

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Râna San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.


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