Last December, local poet and founder of Co-Kisser Films Jen March presented a live-action film she made with her friend Peter Hogan based on a chapbook she wrote at Franklin Art Works. This weekend, Co-Kisser is hosting another evening of poetry-inspired filmmaking, showcasing 25 films lasting from 40 seconds to an hour long. Filmmakers range from a 13-year-old to numerous established poets. According to March, the event is set to examine what exactly people think a poetry film is. The festival includes pieces featuring animation, documentary, and various other styles. For example, one work by Kathy McTavish and Sheila Packa, called Immersion, contains abstract images with the poet heard in voiceover. In contrast, Last City in the East, based on the poetry of Paul D. Dickinson, is a more of a straightforward narrative, where the camera follows Dickinson around as a kind of character, also with voiceover. One film by Danny Sigelman doesn't contain any words, but he will read the poem it is based on afterward. Also screening will be American Woods, based on a poem by Ed Bok Lee about Chai Vang, and a documentary called Cold Mountain, about Chinese poet Han Shan. The evening also includes several breaks for live music, live poetry readings, and Q&As. Check co-kisser.com for a complete schedule.
Sat., Oct. 8, 5-10:30 p.m., 2011