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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.

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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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The Durango Independent Film Festival promotes media literacy by donating books, films and other education material to schools.  This year is the first time DIFF has included school programs as part of the festivities.  The DIFF Teachers Screening Committee selected films with unique viewpoints that lend themselves to engaging and intriguing discussions.  The school programs will be shown to high school and intermediate school students in Ignacio, and to elementary and middle school students in Durango.

Two Poetry In Pictures Series films will be featured in the DIFF school program.  Imperfect Armor and Incantation will be screened at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday,  March 3rd at Ignacio Intermediate School for 3-5 graders.   On Friday, March 4th Incantation will be screened at 10:00 and 10:55 a.m. at the Durango Arts center to 3-5 graders.  I am looking forward to talking with the students about film, poetry and art. The teachers of these students have been sent the poems and asked to discuss with the students their own ideas about images that they might use to illustrate the poetry.

Incantation, A Noiseless Patient Spider and Imperfect Armor have all been used in classrooms and at children’s film festivals and children’s museums to teach children about self expression through multiple forms of art.

Still from Incantation. Copyright © 2008 Rodwan Productions.

Still from Imperfect Armor. Copyright © 2010 Rodwan Productions.

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The Poetry In Pictures Series is proud to announce that both Incantation and Imperfect Armor have been accepted in to the Durango Independent Film Festival as part of their school program!  The festival will take place March 2-6, 2011 in beautiful Durango, Colorado.  More details to come about the festival and the school program.

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Like the Elinor Wylie poem on which the film is based, Incantation contrasts black and white images. It uses a form of animation involving paintings inspired by Wylie’s words.

“A white dove / On a wild black night.”

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“A white hand / Waved from dark walls…”


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Here’s the filmmaker at work:










The films in the Poetry in Pictures Series are quite short.  Imperfect Armor runs for three minutes.  Incantation is only one minute and seventeen seconds long!

This brevity makes creating a trailer a challenge.  Nonetheless, a trailer for Incantation can be view on its IMDB page.

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The film Incantation is based on a poem from Nets to Catch the Wind (1921), the first of the four volumes of poetry that Elinor Wylie (1885-1928) produced in the 1920s, a period when in a burst of creative activity she also wrote four novels as well as short stories, essays and magazine articles.

A somewhat neglected writer, Wylie deserves more recognition for her poems, as this Open Letters Monthly essay argues.

The Poetry Foundation provides a handy overview of Wylie’s life and work on its website.

The Guardian’s Books Blog selected a different Wylie work as its “Poem of the Week” on March 30, 2009, but this post does discuss “Incantation” (the poem), too.

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Incantation was an official selection at the following film festivals:

Barebones International Film & Music Festival 2009

Flatland Film Festival 2008

Honolulu International Film Festival 2009

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival 2008

New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival 2009

San Diego International Children’s Film Festival 2009

San Francisco Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2009

Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2009

It was an official finalist in the animation competition at the Canada International Film Festival 2009

It won the following awards:

Gold Kahuna Award – Honolulu International Film Festival

Most Enchanting Award – Seattle True Independent Film Festival

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