Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Motionpoems broadens the audience for poetry by turning great contemporary poems into short films for big-screen and online distribution.

In 2008, animator/producer Angella Kassube animated one of Todd Boss’s poems. Compelled by the results, they began introducing other poets to other video artists. A public screening at Open Book in Minneapolis drew a crowd to see 12 pieces they dubbed Motionpoems.

Direct links to selected works:
"When at a Certain Party in NYC" - Belieu/Schmitt
"Constellatoins" - Boss/Kassube (the start of motionpoems)
"Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91" - Klatt/Jacobsen

About the Process
For new projects, video artists work from completed poems. Poets are not required to work directly with video artists. Video artists are given free rein to be their own creative directors on their projects. Todd and Angella are available to advise poets and video artists, and to connect the project with additional creative talent as needed. A small stipend rewards video artists who complete projects on deadline and whose work is selected for screening.

Website: Motionpoems

related links:
literary film clips: 6S summer, Electric Literature, Moving Poems + more

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