NWFF Announces Year Two of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival

March 6, 2019

…the only festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest!

Verse meets visuals in motion at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) in April 2019. Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month. Entering its second year, Cadence is growing considerably to fill a gap in the presentation of video poetry in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring four screenings, one each Thursday of the month, the festival’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, generative workshops for youth and adults, and a juried selection of open submissions, Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the oft overlooked medium of video poetry.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image.

Closing night features the outcomes of two video poetry workshops, a new video poem produced by Artist-in-Residence Catherine Bresner, the entirety of an exquisite corpse translated into video by artist Shaun Kardinal, and the announcement and re-screening of the winning works within each category of the open call, selected by guest judges, Shawn Levy (Film Critic, Portland, OR), John Bresland (Essayist, OH), Sarah Minor (Video Essay Editor, TriQuarterly), and Claudia Castro Luna (WA State Poet Laureate).

Registration for both the adult and youth generative video poetry workshops is now open, and festival passes to attend all four screenings are available for purchase.

Festival Highlights

  • Cadence Artist-in-Residence Catherine Bresner’s work will be on view in the Video Art Gallery in NWFF’s lobby throughout the month.
  • An exquisite corpse poem generated during the 2018 Airstream Poetry Festival at Sou’wester Lodge will be translated into video by artist Shaun Kardinal and shared over Instagram stories throughout the month.
  • Apr. 6 from 11am to 5pm: The Image Speaks video poetry workshop for adults (ages 16+), led by Amaranth Borsuk.
  • Apr. 13 from 11am to 4pm: Making Video Poetry workshop for youth (ages 13–18), led by Catherine Bresner.
  • Apr. 25 at 7pm: Video poetry outcomes from the generative workshops will be screened alongside the winning submissions at Characteristic Cadence.

Full Program

Apr. 4 at 7pm – Familiar Cadence

A video poetry showcase curated by local publishers and arts organization partners Poetry Northwest, Mount Analogue, Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project, and Interbay Cinema Society.

Apr. 6 from 11am–5pm – The Image Speaks: Video Poetry Workshop

For ages 16+

Capture your unique cadence in a workshop that will take you from conception to premiere screening. From early cinepoetry to “bad lip reading,” participants will consider what compels them about the integration of poetry and image and work from that place. In a supportive workshop environment, we will write, film, and experiment, conceptualizing and developing video poems that may stretch the bounds of the genre. No experience with either poetry or film is necessary. Participants will have access to the NWFF editing lab over several weeks in April to complete their projects. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to screen their film at the April 25 showcase, to which they will receive complimentary admission with a guest! Taught by Amaranth Borsuk, a scholar, poet, and book artist working at the intersection of print and digital media.

Apr. 11 at 7pm – Refrain Cadence

A screening of video poetry packages from fellow festivals around the world featuring a selection of non-English language works. Showcase will include curated selections from Nudo Festival de Poesia Visual in Barcelona, Spain; Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition in Cork, Ireland; and International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece.

Apr. 13 from 11am–4pm – Making Video Poetry Youth Workshop

For ages 13–18

In this interactive workshop, students will be introduced to the genre of video poetry and collaborate to create a video poem of their own. Students will engage with poetry playfully, through poetry games (exquisite corpse), video collage (through found footage), and soundscape. Fun, explorative, and experimental, this workshop will help students understand the many ways poetry can be experienced off the page. Using Adobe Premiere, students will create and edit their own video poems. Participants will have the opportunity to screen their film at the April 25 showcase of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, to which they will receive complimentary admission with a guest. All equipment and software is provided. Students are welcome to bring their own tech, art, and writing to work with as well. This is open to beginners of poetry and film. Taught by poet, visual artist, and inaugural Cadence Artist-in-Residence, Catherine Bresner.

Apr. 18 at 7pm – Full Cadence

A selection of video poetry from the Cadence open call for entries in four categories: Adaptations/Ekphrasis (judged by Shawn Levy), Collaboration (judged by John Bresland), Video by Poets (judged by Sarah Minor), and Poetry by Video Artists (judged by Claudia Castro Luna). Judges within each of these categories will select a winning work that will be announced and featured again at the closing screening on April 25.

Apr. 25 at 7pm – Characteristic Cadence

A showcase of the new video poetry generated by the festival’s many programs! The screening features the outcomes of both the youth and adult video poetry workshops, the work created by Catherine Bresner during her residency at Northwest Film Forum, the award-winning films from the open call for submissions, and a video poetry discussion featuring the local Cadence partner organizations.

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