Cadence 2022 – It is strange and kinda symbolic [Hybrid]

Watch online: Apr. 21 – May 1, 2022

Watch in person: Apr. 23 at 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.


A circle, a palindrome, and a giant cake walk into a cinema—these conceptual explorations bounce between linear narratives and abstract observations. At times delightfully oddball, at others self-reflexive, these video poems skew perspective by infusing formal structures with experimental play—collectively addressing the dualities of this bizarre and beautiful life.

Header photo credit: HairBrush, dir. Kate Sweeney
Showcase title credit: anathema (anatema), dir. Jana Radičević

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:

Round Round Round (Rond Rond Rond)

Poetic and surrealist, Round Round Round is a film about circles. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Nicolas Monfort, Belgium, 2022, 7 min, in French, with English subtitles)

Vodník Many Years After the Rainstorm

In San Francisco, years after his hideous crimes, the fiendish water creature Vodník emerges from Czech folklore to recount his beguiling tale. Northwest premiere

(Director/Poet: Emma Penaz Eisner, US, 2021, 6 min, in English, with English closed captions)

HUGE choice

In this surreal animation, a character’s freedom of choice is shown to be increasingly limited in scope. World premiere; Winner of the Adaptation/Ekphrasis Award at Cadence 2022! 🏆

(Director: Oleksandra Krasavtseva, Poet: Joseph Brodsky, Germany, 2021, 3 min, in English & Russian, with English subtitles)

Hey Baby

A passionate love poem to…him? Me? Love itself? World premiere

(Director/Poet: Hanna Ojala, Finland, 2021, 4 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

Nomad Palindrome

Nomad Palindrome captures a transient lifestyle that moves both forward and backward at once. The entire poem is a palindrome. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Kai Carlson-Wee, US, 2022, 2 min, in English, with English subtitles)

The Moment Before the Song Begins

A short-form, experimental portrait of the late South Carolina poet Starkey Flythe, Jr. West Coast premiere

(Director: Matthew Buzzell, Poet: Starkey Flythe, Jr., US, 2022, 8 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

anathema (anatema)

anathema is a video poem from the artist’s first book of poetry “if said, it can become the truth,” edited as two-channel projection. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Jana Radičević, Montenegro, 2021, 2 min, in English & Montenegrin, with English subtitles)

October Eleventh

Our home turned to ice one bitter, cold night. World premiere

(Directors: Damian Gonzalez & Jeremy Weinstein, Poet: Damian Gonzalez, US, 2022, 1 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

Deep Ocean (Fundo do Mar)

A video poem about deep ocean. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Desiree Jung, Canada, 2021, 1 min, in Portuguese, with English subtitles)

Her Love is a Bleeding Tank (她的爱是泣血的战车)

The narrator of this visual poem is a concentrated expression of delicateness, purity, and virtue who stoically endures a life that takes her ever further from lofty dreams of becoming a celebrated idol. Northwest premiere

(Director/Poet: Anlan Huang, China, 2020, 6 min, in Chinese, with English subtitles)

Weary Blues

At the center of Weary Blues is the archetypal “common” person, their resilience in the face of despair or despondency, and the role of music in easing life’s woes. The title is from Langston Hughes’s poem and eponymous first book. Seattle premiere

(Director: Matthew Winters, Poet: Langston Hughes, US, 2022, 5 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)


Watercolour as a metaphor beyond blood and genes for the bonds that create family. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Kate Sweeney, United Kingdom, 2021, 2 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

blue jay

The stories of three strangers looking to escape their mundane lives intersect at an old motel where they learn to confront their own demons. Winner of the Wild Card Award at Cadence 2022! 🏆

(Director/Poet: Anthony Matos, US, 2022, 12 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

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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