Motionpoems: Our films are pure poetry.

After animator/producer Angella Kassube first animated one of Todd Boss's poems in 2008, the duo started introducing other poets to other video artists -- and a new hybrid form was born! Motionpoems is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We partner with top-quality for-profit and non-profit publishers, film companies, and literary organizations. We create opportunities for artists to meet and work together.


We do not currently have any open calls for submission.

Motionpoems partners with publishers and literary organizations to procure poems for each season. Poets retain the rights to their poems and sign a standard film contract with Motionpoems. Poems are selected from partnering publishers’ forthcoming titles and then offered to our network of filmmakers. We post occasional calls for submissions that are publicized in our newsletter and social media sites.

Milkweed Editions, Copper Canyon Press, Graywolf Press, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Wave Books and McSweeney’s, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, The Believer, Tin House, Scribner’s annual Best American Poetry anthology, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Cave Canem


Some video artists approach us. Others are approached by us. All our film artists are offered a contract that protects their rights to their work. We offer them production oversight, collaborator facilitation, and audio supervision as needed. Film artists work from completed poems and are given free rein. A small stipend rewards video artists who complete projects on deadline and whose work is selected for screening.


A dozen poems are selected annually for public screening at our annual festival and premiere. Our premieres are co-hosted by The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival. Soon, we’ll add regional premieres, including Miami and Los Angeles, to our calendar. We release new motionpoems online each month. Talks are underway with regional and national broadcasters about distribution, and we welcome more such conversations.


Angella and Todd tell the Motionpoems story. from Motionpoems on Vimeo.


Todd Boss, co-founder, Executive and Artistic Director, poet and public artist
Egg Creative, a leading provider of original and licensed music for film, television, and advertising in Minneapolis.
Claire McGirr, senior producer with many years of experience, currently at Smuggler in NYC.
Lisa Effress, executive producer with many years of experience, currently at Intel.
Saara Myrene Raappana, communications director, poet
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)-MN, a leading resource for indie filmmakers in Minnesota.
SoundLounge (NY), casting and recording
Nice Shoes (Mpls and NY), color grading
HDMG (Mpls), shoot, post, audio, mastering
Pixel Farm (Mpls), design, shoot, and VFX
Ditch Edit (Mpls), edit, post and mastering

Jennifer David, producer
Andrew Gamson, vice president, Established Brands, Inc.
Angella Kassube (co-founder), producer, HDMG Post Audio + Effects
Tim Nolan (vice chair), attorney, poet
Daniel Slager (chair), publisher and CEO, Milkweed Editions
Andrew Reynolds, Executive Producer, Motion504
Kara Ries, independent IP lawyer
Susannah McNeely Schouweiler, director, Walker Art Center’s
Susan Smoluchowski (secretary/treasurer), executive director, The Film Society of Minneapolis-St Paul
Anne White, independent brand marketing consultant
Jason Welsh, VP Sales, Lionsgate Films

Our look–logos and branding, the shine on our shoes, the pep in our step–is designed by Knock, Inc. of Minneapolis.




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