Al Neil: A Portrait

Al Neil: A Portrait

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Film artist David Rimmer pays tribute to Al Neil, an institution in West Coast art mythology in this portrait of the musician, poet and sculptor.

The Art of Drowning

The Art of Drowning

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Talented animation from Diego Maclean meets the poetic talent of American poet Billy Collins to ponder the possibilities of those last few moments of life. The film is a visual interpretation of the poem by Billy Collins.

bp (pushing the boundaries)

bp (pushing the boundaries)

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This quirky documentary looks at the life of the late poet bpNichol.

Cathy Stonehouse • The Writing Life

Cathy Stonehouse • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles Canadian poet Cathy Stonehouse, author of The Words I Know.

The Certainty of Shadow (with Adonis)

The Certainty of Shadow (with Adonis)

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The Certainty of Shadow is a video work filmed in Sicily, with the participation one of the world’s great Arab poets and Nobel nominee, Adonis.  Inspired by Plato's Allegory of The Cave, the video proposes a voyage/dialogue between three artists: Canadian painter and videographer Kali Jones, Italian photographer and installation artist Maurizio Ruggiano, and Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis, a Syrian poet, essayist and translator. Adonis has written more than 20 books and volumes of poetry in the Arabic language and in this work, he figures as a contemporary Odysseus, exploring varying notions of perception.

 

La certitude de l’ombre (avec Adonis)

La certitude de l’ombre (avec Adonis)

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La certitude de l'ombre est une vidéo installation tournée en Sicile, avec la participation d'Adonis. La vidéo, inspirée par le mythe de la caverne de Platon sur l’illusion de la perception, ce projet raconte un voyage / dialogue entre les artistes Kali Jones (Canada), Maurizio Ruggiano (l'Italie), et Ali Ahmad Said Esber (Adonis) qui figure ici comme un Ulysse contemporain.

A Cup of Wine: 5 Poems from the Tang & Song Dynasties

A Cup of Wine: 5 Poems from the Tang & Song Dynasties

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Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Conrad collaborates with choreographer Wen Wei Wang to reimagine dance and poetry from the Tang and Song dynasties (AD 960 to AD 1280).

Le Dormeur du Val

Le Dormeur du Val

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In spoken French with optional subtitles in French, English, Spanish and German

Based on Arthur Rimbaud's poem Le Dormeur du Val, this art essay video stages different young soldiers from different times and countries, to illlustrate the absurdity of war. No matter the location or the context, the soldiers represent only one person--a victim.

 

A Dream of Naming

A Dream of Naming

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A woman reflects on the plurality of her self-image in this compelling interpretation of the poem, "A Dream of Naming," written and performed by Vancouver artist Judy Radul.

A Funny Cow

A Funny Cow

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The animation follows the narration in this film as Al Sens brings to life a poem being read out loud by a little girl.

George Murray • The Writing Life

George Murray • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles poet George Murray.

Honey

Honey

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Honey lets the viewer slip into the intimate world of bees. Their intricate social dance and their faceted perception of the landscape is lyrically juxtaposed with Robert Morgan's poem `Honey' and original musical scores by Carla Hallett and Robert Minden.

Jonathan Bennett • The Writing Life

Jonathan Bennett • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles Canadian writer Jonathan Bennett, author of After Battersea Park and Verandah People: Stories.

Michael Crummey • The Writing Life

Michael Crummey • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles Michael Crummey, a Newfoundland writer.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [62 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [62 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

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In a visual interpretation of this avant-garde poem by e.e. cummings, poetic hand movesments of ASL/Art-Sign emphasize the dexterous quality of the poet's perspective, creating an innovative visual interpretation in harmony with the poem.

Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry- The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso

Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry- The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso

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Ralph Alfonso sets poetry in motion to jazz rhythms and beatnik inspired spoken-word performances. In this documentary, Patrick Jenkins transforms Ralph's poetry into fun-filled, colourful animation segments, interspersed with scenes from his film Vie de Nuit, live performances and interviews featuring Ralph, friends and fans.

Robert Priest • The Writing Life

Robert Priest • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles Robert Priest, Canadian writer and musician.

Stephanie Bolster • The Writing Life

Stephanie Bolster • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles Canadian poet Stephanie Bolster, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry.

Tim Lilburn • The Writing Life

Tim Lilburn • The Writing Life

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This episode of The Writing Life profiles Canadian poet Tim Lilburn, winner of the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry.