Motionpoems’ 9th Season is here!

Please join us for the launch of Motionpoems’ highly-anticipated ninth season! Come to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the Pillsbury Theater. This season features the work of award-winning emerging poets and an international group of filmmakers in this world premiere public screening. This is a FREE event and open to the public, but you must reserve your ticket.

Season 9 poets: Dom Bury, Lyrik Courtney, D. Gilson, Jackson Holbert, Rachel Inez Marshall, Meghann Plunkett, C. Russell Price, Analicia Sotelo, Brian

Support our first-ever HOTHOUSE poets & filmmakers!

For our 2019 pilot program, we have selected four dynamic poets—Donte Collins, April Gibson, Heid Erdrich, and Hieu Minh Nguyen—and matched them with four cutting-edge filmmakers—D.A. Bullock, Free Black Dirt, Ryan Stopera, and Xialou Wang.

PLEASE VISIT OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT OUR HOTHOUSE ARTISTS: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/motionpoems/motionpoems-presents-hothouse?ref=user_menu

DEADLINE April 1, 2019: first ever EPIPHANY AWARDS!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Hello, poetry film-lovers-makers!

We are thrilled to announce the first ever Epiphany Awards (aka an “Eppy”) to acknowledge and celebrate inter/national poetry filmmaking!

Six winners: $500 Prize, official laurels & jury commentary in 3 categories: Adaptation, Production, and Innovation.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

Please see eligibility and contest details on our Submittable page: http://bit.ly/MopoEppies

There is a $5 fee to enter up to 3 films per submission. Please share this post and tell your poetry filmmaking community! Good luck to all entrants! #motionpoems #epiphanyawards #eppies

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