Regional Premiere Season 8: “Dear Mr. President” in Phoenix!

Thursday, September 20, 2018: Inspired by the Women’s March of 2017, the latest season of Motionpoems takes a hard and honest look at our current state of political and social affairs, focusing on themes of racism, immigration, judicial system reform, and more. When so much of our public discourse is fraught with difficulty, these 12 films assert the basic humanity behind the issues with dignity, thoughtfulness, urgency and grace, showing us the critical potential of what arts and culture can be.


Regional Premiere Season 8: “Dear Mr. President” in Los Angeles!

Led by Executive Producer Claire McGirr, this year Motionpoems has decided to tackle issues that affect everyone. The Los Angeles premiere screening will take place on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Los Feliz Theater!

Pairing filmmakers & poets to make creative content, Season 8 features 12 short films that tackle racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, immigration, women’s rights, gun control, educational & social welfare, judicial system reform, climate change, and news/media/social platforms.

Our poets include Tiana Clark, Natalie Diaz, Eve L.

“Cell Watch: Strip Cell” pre-released at PEN America’s “BreakOut” at the Weisman Museum + Poetry Asylum

Sunday, September, 9, 2018: Minneapolis-based Poetry Asylum and the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) are teaming up with PEN America to present BreakOut: Voices From the Inside as part of a nationwide activation in commemoration of the 1971 Attica prison uprising––honoring the struggle for free expression in prison, and underscoring the importance of writing as an act of creative resistance and triumph.

In concert with artist Daniel McCarthy-Clifford’s “Section of Disapproved Books” project at WAM, Poetry Asylum is teaming up with PEN

Season 8 Motionpoem selected for Aesthetica Short Film Festival

‘Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera’ makes the official selection to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival as part of the Experimental category.

Congratulations to director Tash Tung and her 2x man crew who traveled from London to Kearney, Nebraska on a shoestring budget to make such a beautiful film adapted from a poem by Natalie Diaz.