Coming in 2019: The Motionpoems Hothouse!

Taking a page from the 48-hour Film Project’s playbook: Four poet/filmmaker teams will meet at the Motionpoems Season 9 Twin Cities Premiere at Minneapolis Institute of Art to brainstorm. Then the filmmakers have 48 hours to complete a motionpoem adapted from their poet-teammate’s work. The final films will premiere during the last day of The Loft’s Wordplay Festival! Stay tuned for details!

“American Arithmetic” featured in DIRECTORS NOTES

“Taking a statistical approach to the underreported issue of systemic injustice directed at the Native American community in modern-day America, New York based, Saudi born filmmaker Mohammed Hammad’s revelatory documentary American Arithmetic adapts Native educator and poet Natalie Diaz’s original poem for screen as part of season 8 of non-profit arts initiative Motionpoems. Making its online premiere here today, DN asked Mohammed to share how he created this intimate look at a community of organizers reclaiming land and culture, whose lives have all too often

Motionpoems announces MoVA: The Museum of Virtual Art

Motionpoems, in partnership with Metro Transit and other institutions TBA, presents MoVA, the Museum of Virtual Art, an app-based augmented reality museum of bigger-than-museum art, viewable only while riding the light rail system in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

MoVA is coming in Summer 2019.

Early support for MoVA comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and, The McKnight Foundation, and the St. Paul Cultural Star program.

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Season 8 poet Natalie Diaz wins 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant!

From the MacArthur Foundation:

“Natalie Diaz is a poet blending personal, political, and cultural references in works that challenge the systems of belief underlying contemporary American culture. She connects her own experiences as a Mojave American and Latina woman to widely recognized cultural and mythological touchstones, creating a personal mythology that viscerally conveys the oppression and violence that continue to afflict Indigenous Americans in a variety of forms.

In her first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), Diaz reflects on her brother’s

Congrats to “Boy Saint” for winning another award!

After being shortlisted for the Cannes Lions this summer, “Boy Saint” won top honors for Best Film at this fall’s Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin from 1,200 submissions and 66 competing films. Wow!

Many congratulations to filmmaker Tom Speers and poet Peter LaBerge, as well as our Season 8 producer Claire McGirr.