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Two films from my Poetry in Pictures Series, I learned today, will be distributed via Facets Kids, an online streaming service developed by the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and Facets, a national non-profit media organization. “A Noiseless Patient Spider” and “Imperfect Armor” were previously official selections of the Chicago International Film Festival and now will have wider distribution, a very welcome surprise for poetry-based short films!

“A Noiseless Patient Spider” is based on a poem by Walt Whitman and features the voice of singer/song writer Stuffy Shmitt. “Imperfect Armor” animates the work of John G. Rodwan, Jr.

Facets Kids is currently in final testing stages and will launch later this summer. Information about the project is at http://www.facets.org/kidstream

I’ll let everyone know when my short films are available for viewing.



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The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will be screening three Poetry in Pictures Series films, Incantation, A Noiseless Patient Spider, and Imperfect Armor, as part of their summer Family Fun Program.  This year, the overall theme is “a family staycation,” so the focus is on places to visit or things to do in and around Memphis this summer.  One theme is Beale Street, and the films feature music and musicians.  Another highlights the great zoo in Memphis, and the films feature all kinds of wild animals.  The zoo day is when the museum will be screening Imperfect Armor.

Copyright (c) Rodwan Productions

Last year the Family Fun Program’s average attendance was 375 people per day!

From the museum:
“Every Wednesday in June and July, come get wacky at the Brooks! Children of all ages and their adult friends can drop into our Open Artworks Studio and create a variety of projects using many different materials. They can also watch a multitude of films made just for kids. Museum admission and all activities are free, so the whole community can experience the creativity and inspiration of both the visual arts and film. Sponsored by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.”

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A Noiseless Patient Spider was awarded Best Animated Short Film by The California Film Awards on January 22, 2011.  I share this honor with Stuffy Shmitt whose soulful reading of the poem, accompanied by the playful and rich original music created by his son Dylan Shmitt, added to the life of the images.

Click here for a complete list of the 2010 international competition winners

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A Noiseless Patient Spider is a 2010 winner of the Gold Award in the animation category from the Oregon Film Awards!

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Rodwan Productions is truly excited that Imperfect Armor will be screening at the 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival!  In 2009 Movie Maker Magazine named it one of the top 25 coolest festivals and I have to say they are right.   A Noiseless Patient Spider screened at Indie Memphis last year with Stingray Sam and I am So Proud of You.  We have never had more fun attending a festival.  The executive director, Erik Jambor, and the rest of the staff and volunteers did an amazing job.  One of our favorite aspects of the festival last year was arriving to the screenings early to be entertained by local musicians in the theater.  We can not wait to see what they have in store this year!

Director Nancy J. Rodwan at Indie Memphis in 2009

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In Why Poetry Matters, poet and scholar Jay Parini writes about the Walt Whitman poem on which the film A Noiseless Patient Spider is based. He says “the modern free verse poem has its origins in … such nuggets as ‘A Noiseless Patient Spider.’” He calls the work “masterly, and deeply considered, writing.” Parini goes on to state: “In no rational use of the term could this be called ‘free’ verse, for Whitman has brought to perfection dearly, having brought a wide range of skills and imaginative force to bear in a short space.” Clearly, this makes a fine foundation for a short film…

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Multitalented musician and actor Stuffy Shmitt provided an evocative reading of Walt Whitman’s poem for A Noiseless Patient Spider. Stuffy previously collaborated with Rodwan Productions by providing original music for the documentary No Neutral Corner (winner of a 2010 Las Vegas Film Festival Silver Ace Award) and by acting in The City.

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