Rattapallax DVDs

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Rattapallax 17

Rattapallax DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Award winning films based on poems by Victor Hugo, Pablo Neruda, and Emily Dickinson. Two short animated films from Chile and Spain — one set in a post-apocalyptic world where a little girl is trapped on an island with a madman morphing humans and animals into new creatures. Also, a visually beautiful documentary about the cassette culture of men in the tribal regions of Yemen. Films shown at Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and New York Film Festivals. The DVD is sold at St. Mark’s Bookshop, 31 Third Ave., NYC (near Astor Place)

LUCIA is told through the voice of little girl who remembers the summer when she fell in love. The stop-motion animated film is directed by Niles Atallah and Cristobal Leon and based on the writings of Joaquin Cocina. In Spanish with English subtitles.

UNE LECON PARTICULIERE won the Grand prix uniFrance du court-metrage at the Cannes Film Festival and directed by Raphael Chevenement. While studying the poetry of Victor Hugo, the teenager Cyril tries to convey his love for his teacher, twenty-seven-year-old Eva. In French with English subtitles.

METFORMIN looks at the biology of love through collage and animation. Based on a poem by Helen Clare and directed by Kate Jessop.

A chaotic dance film from Israel. SERPENT is based on a poem from Iris Erez and T. Carmi and filmed by Avi Dabach. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Tala Hadid’s TES CHEVEUX NOIRS IHSAN (My Dark Hair, Ihsan) is about a young man who returns to Morocco to search for his mother who abandoned him when he was young. The poetic film won the Panorama Best short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and screened at Sundance and New York Film Festivals. In French with English subtitles.

A remarkable mix of video, audio and performance by Steven Ross Smith of a rendition of B.P. Nichol’s sound poem, WHITE SOUND. Film by Justin Stephenson

Spanish filmmaker Rocio Huertas’ animated short, THE UPROOTED, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a little girl is trapped on an island with a madman morphing humans and animals into new creatures. Won prizes at San Roque Film Festival Cadiz and Gerona Film Festival

MEN OF WORDS by Johanne Ihle is an insightful and visually beautiful documentary about the cassette-poetry culture of men in the tribal regions of Yemen. Multiple languages with English subtitles.

Cathy Cook’s rendition of Emily Dickinson’s poem #536, which expresses the reality and release of a loved one’s terminal illness.

Two short films by D J Kadagian who reworks classic poems using found video footage. Screening of GOOD MORNING AMERICA by Carl Sandburg and STANDARD OIL CO. by Pablo Neruda.

This DVD is supported by public funds from NYSCA, and the NEA. Special thanks to the Zebra Poetry Film Awards and literaturWERKstatt in Berlin.

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Rattapallax 14

Rattapallax DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Featured in the DVD are films and audio works by Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Joyce Carol Oates, Ishle Park, Paul Bowles, Sherman Alexie, Elvira Hernandez, Fabrício Carpinejar, Anne Waldman, Martín Espada, Arnaldo Antunes and many others. DVD shown at the Zebra Film Awards, Berlin & Potenza Film Festival, Italy.

Baptism of Solitude: A Tribute to Paul Bowles is a spoken word piece written and narrated by the legendary writer/composer Paul Bowles. The film combines real life photography of Bowles and cutting edge, elaborate animation. The film aired on Independent Film Channel and at the Tribeca Film Festival and directed by New York City filmmaker Tonya Hurley.

Forest Without Leaves. In spring 2005 filmmaker and artist Abbas Kiarostami presented his installation Forest Without Leaves at the V&A museum in London. His interest in people’s response to his work led to this short film with Daniel Mitelpunkt. Abbas Kiarostami is considered the most influential and controversial post-revolutionary Iranian filmmaker. He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry.

Isaiah’s Rap. A 14-year-old musician and poet responds to the attack on his TriBeCa neighborhood. Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have received two Academy Awards, multiple Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship for many films including Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt and The Times of Harvey Milk.

49: This short was written by and stars Sherman Alexie explores the Indian Musical Style known as a “49”. The film screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.

Casagrande bombing: as a counter reaction to the bombing of the Presidential Palace by Pinochet, a poetry guerellia organization called Casagrande dropped 100,000 poetry bookmarks over the Palace from a helicopter on March 23, 2001. The bookmarks twirled in circles and rained on the 10,000 spectactors who came to witness the spectacle.

Brutual Murder of a Poet: Jacques Roche is told through an audio story reported on NPR’s On the Media and is accompanied by photos and newspaper clippings about the popular Haitian journalist and poet Jacques Roche who was kidnapped and killed in July 2005.

Joyce Carol Oates extraordinary reading at the United Nations, NYC in 2001.

From the AIC Film School in Brazil comes 7 Grilos/ 2 Cachorros (7 Crickets/ 2 Dogs) by Roberto Andreolli. (English subtitles).

Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment is a stinging film on the U.S. imprisonment at Guantanamo Prison by Anne Waldman and Ed Bowes.

A showcase of some of the films from the leading international poetry film festival based in Berlin–ZEBRA FILM FESTIVAL. Included are the winners from the competition. Love is the law by Eivind Tolas. The film is based on a text written and performed by the Norwegian stunt poet and musician, Ole Mads Vevle. His subjective and, at times, pornographic interpretation the Christian message of love, has the form of a news program. The film has won several international awards, including two first prizes from the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, 2003. Other films include The Old Fools by Ruth Lingford based on a poem by Philip Larkin; Nummer twee written and directed by Guido van der Werve; andL.City by Sandro del Rosario. [ more info ]

The first english translations of Japanese film-maker Takeshi “Beat” Kitano’s twisted fairy tales. Translated by Sawako Nakayasu (winner of the PEN Translation award) and read by spoken-word poet Patrick Rosal. Kitano made several pivotal violent films about renegade cops and Japanese gangsters (Yakuza), but started acting as a comedian on TV. He acted in the underground cult-classic, Battle Royale, and directed Hana-bi, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

New recordings by spoken-word poets Ishle Parks, Patrick Rosal, Sean M. Whelan & Regie Cabico. A short story read by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry.

First Draft Project: See on the screen the first draft of their poem and listen to the final version from poets Edward Hirsch, Meena Alexander & Brendan Lorber. Also, included are commentaries on the the second audio track explaining the poem. Poetry readings by Martín Espada from the Centenary of Neruda, Chilean poet Elvira Hernandez and Brazilian poet Fabricio Carpinejar (translations by Johnny Lorenz). Cover image designed by Abe Lincoln, Jr.

Selections of poetry films from Arnaldo Antunes is widely known as a musician (from 1982-1992 he was part of Titãs, one of Brazilian most beloved rock bands, and now works solo). His works of poetry include 2 ou + corpos no mesmo espaço (Persectiva, 1997, with CD) and Nome (BMG, 1993, plus video and CD).

This DVD is supported by public funds from NYSCA, and the NEA. Closed captioning support provided by the Theater Development Fund (tdf). Special thanks to the Zebra Poetry Film Awards and literaturWERKstatt in Berlin.

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Rattapallax 15

Rattapallax DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Featured on the DVD magazine are works by Antonello Faretta, Guilherme Marcondes, Taatske Pieterson, Julian Gray, Kylie Hibbert, Avi Dabach, Abbas Saffari, Caecilia Tripp, Eugene Ostashevsky, Ima Aikio & Jason Lam. Special features on Billy Collins, John Giorno Yehuda Amichai, and the death of William Burroughs; award winning animated short films based on poems by William Blake and Sylvia Plath; and a hip-hop rendition of Gertrude Stein’s poems by Jean Grae and DJ Spooky. Showcase of the winners from the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.

Tyger. William Blakes’ poem turns the city of Sao Paulo into a zoo. Directed and animated by Guilherme Marcondes. Won prizes at the Sao Paulo and Rio de Janieiro Film Festivals. (cc)

The Making of Americans. A hip-hop rendition of Gertrude Stein’s poems by DJ Spooky, Jean Grae and filmmaker Caecilia Tripp.

Infinite Recursor or the Bride of DJ Spinoza. Eugene Ostashevsky’s alter-ego is brought to life in this illustrated graphic poem.

One Person/Lucy. Taatske Pieterson uses one character to symbolize the death of many people. Won the best experimental prize at the Zebra Poertry Film Festival. (cc)

Unfed. Jason Lam’s brilliantly mixes dance, poetry, and film. Text by Gareth Sion Jenkins. Shown at Berlin International Film Festival.

Mirror Talk. Kylie Hibbert animates Sylvia Plath’s classic poem. (cc)

Poet BILLY COLLINS & Filmmaker JULIAN GRAY. Three animated poems by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins: Forgetfulness, Budapest and Some Days. All closed captioned. Shown on Sundance Channel.

Young David. Avi Dabach places Yehuda Amichai’s poem in center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (cc)

Tomorrow. Abbas Saffari’s interpretation of an Iranian poem displacing time and location. (cc)

Endangered but Not Dying Out. A short documentary on a young hip-hop and spoken-word artist working in the Sami language.

Poet JOHN GIORNO & Filmmaker ANTONELLO FARETTA. The Death of William Burroughs. John Giorno’s story of the Zen-Buddhist death of the great Beat writer. Just Say NO to Family Values. John Giorno’s poetic attack on conservative politics. (cc)

This DVD is supported by public funds from NYSCA, and the NEA. Closed captioning support provided by the Theater Development Fund (tdf). Special thanks to the Zebra Poetry Film Awards and literaturWERKstatt in Berlin.