Film makers and collaborators
Helena Astbury works across image, text and movement incorporating film, poetry and choreography. Her work often depicts literary characters and bodies, particularly Gothic figures, and Helena works extensively with text on screen. Her signature motif of the interplay between text and movement on screen has also led to her work being exhibited as works of screen dance in festivals worldwide.
Helena studied European Theatre at Rose Bruford College, London. Alongside her making Helena gained a Distinction in her MA English Studies, University of Nottingham, graduating in 2016.
Helen is also one half of Artist Cinema maker The Astburys.
Marie Craven assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice, stills and moving images by various artists around the world. Created substantially via the internet, the pieces are collaborative in essence. Since 2014, Marie has made over 50 videopoems, that have screened and been awarded at many international poetry film festivals and events. During the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote and directed short narrative and experimental films on celluloid that were also widely exhibited. Her earliest involvement in media was in the mid-1980s with super 8 film-making in Melbourne.
Cactus Chilly is a UK based short film maker. Her work can be found on Vimeo.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator, painter and motion graphic artist. She is professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Cheryl received her BFA and MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited in major galleries and at festivals. She was the 2015 O Bheal poetry film festival winner. She has been artist in residence in Dilsbery, Germany and at the Kunstlerhaus, Saarbrucken, Germany. Her work has been described as Dr Seuss on crack.
Katia Viscogliosi and Francis Magnenot have worked together since 2002. They direct fictions, documentaries, essays, and filmpoems. They create correspondences, multiply links between literature, poetry, cinema, and aim to make films as fragile and strong as life. They recognize themselves in a poem by Blaise Cendrars: "When you play it fast, the life of a flower is Shakespearian". Cinéma Fragile films have been screened in many international festivals. Katia Viscogliosi and Francis Magnenot also performed live cinema projections within collaborative projects and presented exhibitions of their works in Europe.
Helen is Co-Director of Swindon Poetry Festival and co-edits the online poetry film journal Poetry Film Live. Helen is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and approaches poetry film as a contemporary photographic artist, combining still and moving images. Helen has worked collaboratively with a number of poets. She has also exhibited in solo and group photographic exhibitions. Helen is an editor of two poetry anthologies and currently lives in Wiltshire. Helen's films have been screened at a variety of poetry film festivals including Sadho, Visible Verse, Festival Silencio and Athens. Helen runs poetry film making workshops for individuals and communities.
Kathryn Darnell comes to poetry film only recently after several decades as a professional calligrapher and illustrator in traditional media. Her “animated calligraphics” grew out of experimental calligraphy on paper involving layers of words that create abstract manuscripts or calligraphic paintings: shapes and rhythms from the poetry, as well as those inherent in the act of writing. Animating this work takes it a step further and solves several aesthetic conundrums that have plagued her for years. Every animation still begins with calligraphy created with pen or brush on paper.
A native of Michigan in the U.S. and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, Kate divides her time between commercial art and fine art practice. She is also an adjunct professor of art at Lansing Community College.
Lori H. Ersolmaz, founder of Voices of Hope Productions is an entrepreneur, visual storyteller, multimedia content producer and grassroots media outreach professional. Lori has diverse experience working with Fortune 200 corporations, nonprofit organizations and policy think-tanks on marketing, communication design and new media initiatives. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Rider University in the Communication and Journalism Department, and the Film and Media Studies Program. Lori is an active social justice, education, health, environment and media reform advocate with a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies and Film from The New School, a university with a history of progressive thought and service to others. Lori uses her diverse skills, experiences and energy to develop short documentary films, photographic stories, grassroots media and film poetry as a tool for dialogue, civic engagement and ultimately, social change.
Claire Ewbank studied French and German at Durham University. Writer, drawer and violinist, creativity is a common thread in her life as she travels and finds community in different places. She has started combining her poetry with visual art and her videos can be found on Youtube under 'Claire Ewbank, Spoken Word'. Claire won first prize at the Heidelberg University Art Slam in 2014. She was commended in the Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Competition (2009, 2010). She was commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Competition in 2008.
She now lives in Hamburg, Germany, working as youth leader with teenagers from the Middle East and Europe. Claire has been part of three different art exhibitions in Hamburg over the last two years, exhibiting poetry and paintings looking into the subject of refugees, nationality and community.
Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran
In 2015, Jack Cochran and Pamela Falkenberg reconnected and formed Outlier Moving Pictures, aspiring to make films worthy of the name — films that avoid the usual patterns and approach subjects from the margins. Their first new film, The Cost of Living, based on Jack's short poems, screened at the Buffalo International and Cornwall Film Festivals winning the best experimental award at the 2016 WV FILMmakers Festival. Other short poetry films have screened at the Ò Bhéal, Juteback, Silencio, Filmpoem, CYCLOP, and Athens poetry film festivals. Teddy Roosevelt and Fracking, their recent experimental documentary about the North Dakota landscape, premiered at the 2018 Queens World Film Festival, taking the best documentary short award.
Jane Glennie is an artist, typographer and filmmaker. In film, she works predominantly with the flicker film technique, composing films from thousands of photographs. Her films have been selected for: Digital Graffiti festival in Florida; PoetryFilm at the Hackney Picturehouse (UK) and Reykjavik; Art Language Location in Cambridge; Visual Container TV as part of the 29th Festival Les Instants Vidéo; and Visible Poetry Project at the New York Poetry Festival. In 2018, her work was awarded a Jury Special Mention at the Weimar Poetry Film Festival and 4th Place at the LightUp Poole Poetry Film Competition. In 2017 she founded Peculiarity Press to publish books by artists: the first being the conceptual work 'A New Dictionary of Art' by Robert Good, followed by 'the book of the film' to accompany her flicker film '447: Intellect – N'.
Janet Lees is a poet and artist working with text, photography, collage and film. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and won prizes in many different competitions. She has been published in a wide range of magazines including Magma, Poetry News, Lighthouse and The Missing Slate. Her poetry films have been selected for international festivals and prizes including Filmpoem, the Aesthetica Art Prize and the British and Irish Poetry Film festivals. She is currently working on a collection combining her poetry and images, and two collaborative projects.
Matt Mullins writes and makes videopoems, music, and digital/interactive literature. His work has been screened at numerous festivals and other venues in the United States and throughout the world including Visible Verse, Zebra, VideoBardo, Liberated Words, Rabbit Heart, The Body Electric, and Co-Kisser. His fiction and poetry have appeared in print and online literary journals such as the Mid American Review, Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Descant, and Hobart. His debut collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw, was published by Atticus Books in 2012 and was named a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year. You can engage his interactive/digital literary interfaces at lit-digital.com
Marc Neys describes himself as a 'videopoetry and soundscape addict'. Marc is one of the world's leading creators of poetry films and makes films in English, Flemish and German. He is the founder of Swoon, which creates soundscapes and poetry films. He has won awards and acclaims in many international poetry film and short film festivals.
Working primarily in film, paint and collage James explores narratives spaces. Where occurrences between objects, space and time bring into existence a unseen topography. These landscapes often refer to speculative futures or otherworldly influences.
He investigates these terrains through a site responsive approach in both theoretical and practical mediums. He allows chance encounters and hidden memories to intervene in the process of seeing, thinking and making.
James has worked for clients as varied as The National Trust, the National Portrait Gallery, Film-poem, the Poetry Society, the British Library, the Science Museum, the South West Film and TV archive and the British Museum.
Maciej Piątek aka Vj Pietrushka is a Polish video artist based in the UK. Over the years he has been involved in many projects, working mainly on his own experimental video works but also collaborating with various local and international musicians, exploring closely improvised and electronic scene. He has recently received significant recognition of his work with the international video poetry network. Since 2013 Maciek has been cooperating with a Polish improvising group Shepherds of Cats. This informal relation has become the driving force behind his latest short films and visuals.
Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, singer, composer, and interdisciplinary artist. Her second poetry collection, A Crown of Hornets, is forthcoming from Four Way Books (Spring 2019). Marcia's poems and videos have appeared in festivals, journals and magazines including Ploughshares; JAMA; Prairie Schooner; Light Up Poole Digital Art Festival; Bath Film Festival, Southern Poetry Review; South Florida Poetry Journal; and Painted Bride Quarterly. Marcia's forthcoming poetry collection and accompanying videos deal with her recovery from a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). She also offers presentations about that experience to medical professionals and the general public. Marcia incorporates her own poems, music, artwork, and videos to immerse the audience in the experience of living with an MTBI. Her goal is to raise awareness about this devastating and often invisible injury.
Jutta Pryor works in multimedia. Her interests stem from international online collaborations across diverse creative fields working with sound, moving image and word to create immersive installations, projections and poetry films. The internet plays an important part in facilitating her creative process through online film sharing.
Based in Australia her images are often inspired by landscape and nature.
Carolyn Patricia Richardson
Carolyn is a poet, painter with work in the Public Catalogue, now re-branded as ArtUK; a maker of filmed poems and a guerrilla poet in the wilds of Dumfries & Galloway. Carolyn was a Director of the Scottish Writers Centre and worked for the 2017 Cumbrian literary festival Borderlines. Carolyn's filmpoem “Spring Train” was commended in Cumbrias FilmFling in 2017 and her recent publication is Scots' Rock, Red Squirrel Press, 2016.
Carolyn is lucky enough to spend some of the year abroad writing and painting in the South of France in National Booktown of Montolieu.
Stevie Ronnie is a freelance artist and writer with a background in computing. His work crosses art forms to produce pieces for exhibition, publication, installation, screening and/or performance. Stevie has received two prestigious MacDowell fellowships for his interdisciplinary works and a Northern Promise Award for his poetry. His most recent book is Self Portrait as Someone Else (Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2017).
Stevie has been involved in the making of several poetry films as both a poet and a filmmaker. His work has screened at several international festivals including Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Monstra, Kinofilm, Filmpoem, dotdotdot Festival, Juteback Poetry Film Festival, Ó Bheal International Poetry Film Festival and others. His experiments with poetry and film have also been shown in galleries around the world as an integral part of exhibitions and performances of his other works.
Lucia Sellars is a poet, an environmental scientist and a quiet observer. She has published in magazines such as The Response (Fabrica Art Gallery – Brighton), Cronopis (Barcelona), Alba (London), Tears on the Fence and Datableed. She was part of Poetry Can F* Off, by Heathcote Williams in 2015. Her video-poems have been projected at the Athens International Video Poetry Festival 2016, Film Poem Festival 2017 in Lewes, UK and in The Film and Video Poetry Society, L.A, USA 2018. She writes in both English and Spanish. Her recent published piece is The Quiet Life of Walls.
Othniel Smith is primarily a writer. His work includes eight episodes of children's television series The Story of Tracy Beaker (CBBC), the short film Say It for BBC Wales/It's My Shout (2013), the stage play Giant Steps (published in New Welsh Drama II, Parthian Books, 2001), the novel Yer Blues, and a number of dramas for BBC radio. He also has a PhD in Independent Film from the University of Glamorgan. His poetry films have screened at events such as the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany, Vancouver's Visible Verse Festival and the New York Jazz Film Festival.
Sarah Tremlett, MPhil, FRSA, SWIP, (poemfilm) is a British poetry filmmaker, artist and arts theorist, known since 2005 for researching text, rhythm and 'contemplative' video poems, giving international talks on the subject. Described as a 'visual philosopher' by Karina Karaeva, (Video Curator, NCA, Moscow), and the author of The Poetics of Poetry Film (Intellect Books), in 2017 Alastair Cook (Filmpoem) commissioned her film for Claire Climbs Everest by National Poetry Competition finalist Sam Harvey. In 2012, she co-founded Liberated Words at the MiX conference in Digital Writing with Lucy English to screen established poetry filmmakers alongside films from the community.
Eduardo Yagüe studied at the Drama Art School of his hometown Gijón (Spain), then moved to Madrid, where he lived for twenty years and studied Spanish Language and Literature at UNED. He worked as an actor, theater teacher, while also writing poetry and short stories. In 2012 he started to make videopoetry. He is interested in exploring and mixing the limits of poetic and cinematographic languages. He loves working with actors in his videos, using them as a vehicle to talk about strong and deep emotions. Currently he lives in Stockholm.