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Archive for October, 2012

My City > George the Poet

‘My City’ a poem about the forgotten parts of London, A collaboration between George the Poet and director Rob Ryan.

Filmed by Paul Kirsop
Graded by Fergus Hally (in Melbourne!)

Part II – ‘creativity in adversity’ is now in production.

For more info contact rob@deuce-films.com

Below is a profile of George the Poet by Link Up TV:


The Great Displaced > Omar Musa

Poem by Omar Musa
Website: http://obmmusic.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/omarmusaqbn
Twitter: @obmmusic https://twitter.com/#!/obmmusic

Shot and edited by Rush
Website: http://therush.com.au/
Twitter: @rushphotos http://www.twitter.com/rushphotos
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Instagram: @rushphotos


Poetry & Preaching > by SLAM TV

Stylistically, many Slam Poets are close to preachers – even Saul Williams has spoken of the influence of his father the Baptist Minister in his style of spoken word. However, the connection between slam and proselytizing is becoming more and more visible in the online world these days, as the theological debate goes online and the slam poems and the video responses are creating a fascinating global discussion.

Some might say that Religion has been going around in circles for thousands of years, debating the pros and cons of each set and subset of the splintering churches of the monotheistic juggernaut. Perhaps what is most original about these young spoken word artists is that Youtube has become the pulpit, or the soapbox, and the different worlds of religion are able to share their idealistic, mutualistic, and mono-mystic views without the discussion debasing into violence. Everyone in between can tune in and make up their own mind, or tune out and live their own life, in Peace, whilst the preachers argue about something that is supposed to bring us together.

Although we are non-partisan, SLAM TV presents a taste of the debate from the Christian to the Muslim to the Atheist and a few notes inbetween. These videos have collectively  received millions of hits online. But is it poetry, or preaching, or both?

‪Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word‬

‪Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Muslim Version || Spoken Word || Response‬

‪”Why I Love Islam, And Love Jesus Too” The Zaghloool | Spoken Word HD‬

‪Why I Love Jesus But Reject Islam‬

‪Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus || Spoken Word‬

‪I Hate Religion, And Jesus Too‬


These Spiritual Window Shoppers > Rumi

These Spiritual Window Shoppers was written in the 13th century by the Sufi mystic poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi and translated and recited in this short film by Coleman Barks.

From the anthology of video poetry ‘RIFF RANT RAVE’
http://www.4spFilm.com


SOMALI CIPHER > Poet Nation

Somali poets and rappers in a cipher on the streets of Minneapolis during the Somali Independence Day celebration.

Produced by Matt Erickson.

Poet Nation is a Somali art and culture hub that engages youth from around the world through poetry, music and great stories.

http://www.thePoetNation.com


Just Before You Died > Eleanor Jackson

Just Before You Died from noknowthing films on Vimeo.

Winner of the 2012 Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmakers Challenge.

“Eleanor Jackson’s hush illuminates pre-apocalypse in “Just Before You Died,” directed by Doubting Thomas. Intimacy is constructed through continuous shot twinned with compelling narrative — both focused with care on the poem’s human subject. Voyage simulates relationship, swollen in its tender final woo and woe. Him is you, him we love, and all the more as we move into this gift of a poetry film.”

-a.rawlings : Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, 2012.

Noknowthing Films presents : Just Before You Died.
A Film by doubting thomas
Directed & Produced by doubting thomas
Poetry by Eleanor Jackson


Confrontation > Michael Franti/Spencer Love/Penny Shaw

“Confrontation”
poem spoken by Michael Franti
from 1 Giant Leap
http://www.whataboutme.tv/

(musicians)
michael franti
jiggs
spencer love
tehamua nikora
penny shaw
kirsten olivier
soweto string quartet
kishore kumar mishra
paco
carol robinson
frank byng
smart and friends
bahman mobayen
robin jeffrey
duncan bridgeman

(interviews)
fred reid
david oldfield
george naku


A Postcard From Hell In October > Andrew McMillan

A Postcard from Hell in October > poem Andrew McMillan > video by Annaaliese Ciel Walker from slam tv on Vimeo.

“Going troppo” has never been so well explained as in this poem by legendary Northern Territory writer and poet Andrew McMillan. The film invites us into the mind of a gonzo evening underneath the ceiling fan, drenched in sweat and whiskey as the writer (played by an actor) explores the sultry depths of the infamous tropical build up before the first rains of the wet season each year in Darwin, Australia.

RIP Andrew McMillan 1957-2012

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Annaliese Ciel Walker
Starring Peter McVean as The Writer
Sound: Colin Simpson

More work by this filmmaker:
http://annaliesecielwalker.com


Poetry in Motion > a series of animated poems by Billy Collins

Untitled from design:related on Vimeo.

Noted for their intelligent humor, accessibility and observations on daily life, CBilly ollins’ popular poems come alive in a series of animated poems produced by JWT-NY commissioned by the Sundance Channel. Below, Collin’s describes how the project came about.

Sundance Poetry: The Dead, Budapest, Forgetfulness

Art Director Toby Barlow
Copywriter Billy Collins
Creative Director Toby Barlow
Designer Julian Grey, Isaac King, Philippe Blanchard
Director Julian Grey, Juan Delcan
Producer Anthony Garetti, Sue Riedl, Graciela Del Toro
Production Company Headgear, Spontaneous
Editor Julian Grey
Studio/Design Firm JWT/Lodge 212
Client Sundance Channel
Country United States


Please Resist Me > Luka Lesson

Written and spoken by Luka Lesson
Produced by Icon Kinesis
In collaboration with The Centre for Poetics and Justice
Follow on Twitter: @lukalesson
http://www.facebook.com/lukaislesson
Purchase the PLEASE RESIST ME Album at http://www.lesson.bandcamp.com
www.lukalesson.com

Lyrics:
Please resist me
Colonise me, compromise me, conflict me
Please don’t risk me
If you see me at the airport
please come and frisk me

Please resist me
Colonise me, compromise me and conflict me
Please don’t risk me
Please call me stupid
Because your resistance brings our evolution

Please resist me
Call me a ‘wog’
It’s brought us so close together I could call me a squad

Please resist me
Lock me in solitary confinement
I’ll close my eyes and admire the quality of the silence
I’ll write rhymes in my mind honestly and define them
Solidly redefine and memorise them
Until like a diamond
when I come out
I’ll be better than when I arrived in

Please resist me
Keep me under the thumb
Keep me down trodden
Keep me under the gun
Keep me working harder under thunder and sun
Son, haven’t you heard? I’m becoming a gun

Please resist me
Because resistance brings evolution
and you’ve resisted me consistently I thank you for your contribution
I’m a happy man
Your stupidity has made me strong
I’ve developed wings, a thick skin and this here opposable thumb
It holds my pen which loads my explodable tongue
So without loading a gun I’m killing high quotas of unemotional…
punks

Sorry – you also taught me to speak French
I learnt it when you kept keeping me at arms-length
And then I learnt Italian just to expand my head
And Greek to learn from where my ancestors had fled
And then I learnt some Yanyuwa just to show the people of this land some respect
You see it’s been your example that has led me to leave you for dead

So don’t trust me
I’m risky
Insurmountable, unaccountable
I’m an undeniable, unreliable, maniacal liability
I fire soliloquies and my liturgies literally leave a literary litany
You see
When I was little
They told me I was illegitimate, illiterate and limited
Little did they know that in a minute I’d be killing it
I’m vivid like in cinemas so my synonym is vividness
I stick it like I’m cinnamon and kill it like a militant
I live it like a citizen – you live a life like imprisonment
Besides Indigenous
immigrant might be the most legitimate of citizens
So it’s better to live a life like us…
Isn’t it?
– Luka Lesson