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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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The schedule for Singapore’s first international children’s film festival is now on line at the Big Eyes, Big Minds website (click here)Imperfect Armor  is part of the “Life in Small Bites” film block and will be playing:

Tuesday, 17 May at 3:30 – 4:35 PM

Saturday, 21 May at  1:45 – 2:45 PM

Sunday, 22 May at 1:45 – 2:45 PM

The festival has an incredible line up of films including the Oscar winning Best Animated Short film The Lost Thing directed by Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tan, and Oscar nominated animated short film The Gruffalo directed by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang.

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Imperfect Armor is scheduled to screen at this year’s Art Beat held at  Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus, in the Moriarty Arts and Humanities Auditorium. (Parking is free on the campus during Art Beat Week.)  John and I will be on hand Wednesday, May 11th for the screening and are looking forward to discussing the film and the poem on which the film is based during the Q&A session that will follow the short film block.

Art Beat short film schedule:
6:30pm – Experimental/Art Short Films block
“Quantum Dreaming”, Karen Landey
“Endommage”, Kevin Forrest
“Imperfect Armor”, Nancy J. Rodwan

6:50pm – Short Film: “James Vs. Reality”, Chris Wilson

7:00pm – Q&A with Short Filmmakers

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The Canada International Film Festival has bestowed their Rising Star Award to Imperfect Armor in the short film category.  For a complete list of winners click here.

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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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Imperfect Armor has been chosen as an official selection in the 2011 Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival!  This screening is especially exciting since it is the first Oregon film festival for a film in the Poetry In Pictures Series and it is at one of my favorite local theaters, the Hollywood Theater!  Another fun fact is that this is the second festival Imperfect Armor has been in with Amy Adrion’s Shoegazer.  The two films played together in same shorts block at Indie Memphis in 2010 and Shoegazer was my favorite film of the festival.

Imperfect Armor is playing on Saturday, March 12th at 12:30 in the Animation and Experimental film showcase:


For a complete schedule of the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival click here: POW Fest

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