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A poetry ... screening? Motionpoems wants to turn THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2011 into short films for new audiences.
A poetry ... screening? Motionpoems wants to turn THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2011 into short films for new audiences.
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Hello from Angella and Todd!

We're poetry lovers who’ve discovered a passion for bringing poets and filmmakers together. We’ve done this for two years now, with over 22 poems, and the stunning results have landed in online textbooks, in traditional broadcast media … even at film festivals in the US and abroad! 

We call these short-short films "motionpoems." A motionpoem is a hybrid of poetry and film, and our creative model is getting lots of attention as the world of traditional publishing tilts to accommodate digital media.

Our mission is simple: To broaden the audience for poetry by turning great poems into short films. 

We have news.

We've got a really exciting new partnership to tell you about. 

This year, with your help, we'll produce 12-15 new motionpoems to accompany Scribner's celebrated annual Best American Poetry anthology... the 2011 volume. It's a new pilot-year collaboration that significantly raises the profile for us. It means we'll be working with a stellar lineup of poets this summer, from emerging writers to multiple Pulitzer Prize winners. The completed projects will be free online for general audiences and educators. The entire publishing industry will be watching. We can't wait to show you the results!

Your pledge will help make it possible.  

What's a motionpoem? Here's one example: 

Every motionpoem is unique. That's because we give every video artist complete creative control over his/her project, making each motionpoem a hybrid work of art in its own right. 

Here's another example:

Hard to believe it's all volunteer! These projects are created in full HD by professional animators and sound designers, who are working nights and weekends (up to 150 hours per poem), fueled by passion and the thrill of creation. 

Your pledge will: 

  • pay our artists and poets a small stipend as a reward for their work, 
  • support our annual public screening in Minneapolis and bring it to other markets (every pledge over $20 is a bid for a screening in your area!), 
  • pursue partnerships with other publishers, broadcasters, and film studios, and 
  • create screening discussion kits for use by libraries and schools.

You’ll also help us gear up to bring our artist-driven model to other poetry publishers. With every pledge, you send a message to the publishing industry that says you’d like to see more of this kind of creative support for great contemporary literature!

Depending on your pledge, you'll get:

  • reserved seating for our world premiere screening Oct 25 at Open Book in Minneapolis
  • a DVD of 2011 motionpoems
  • a signed, numbered, limited edition 2-color letterpress poster of our current mantra, “Boil it down,” from the 2010 Thomas Lux motionpoem above. 
  • a signed, numbered, limited edition hand-made flip book of Todd Boss’s poem, “God Flips,” designed by Angella Kassube. Animation at its simplest!
  • a signed, hand-pencilled 14x20 broadside of Todd Boss's poem, "The World Is in Pencil," soon to appear in POETRY magazine. See "UPDATE" tab above for full details. 

God Flips

the ages’

pages like

a book’s

’twixt thumb

& hooks.

Thanks for watching! And thanks for your support of this campaign. We're excited about what the future holds for Motionpoems, and we are thrilled to be able to bring you along for the ride! 

Yours in poetry, 

Todd and Angella

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Poet THOMAS LUX: 

"Of all the new ways people are trying to disseminate the art form of poetry, I think Motionpoems is one of the most original and the one to appeal most to younger people, and that's important: among them are the poets of the future, and among them are the readers of the future."

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    Get an "early-bird" subscription to our video podcast. When it launches this Fall, you'll be first in line!

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    Get one VIP reservation for our fall premiere screening of 2011 Best American Poetry motionpoems at Open Book, Minneapolis, October 25, 2011. Add $20 to your pledge for each additional seat you would like.

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    Get a hand-made, numbered, signed, limited-edition flip book of Todd Boss’s poem “God Flips.” Animation at its simplest! Add $15 for each additional flip book you would like. Makes great gifts!

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    Get a hand-printed, numbered, signed, limited edition broadside poster of our current mantra, “Boil it down,” from “Render, Render,” by poet Thomas Lux, a 2010 motionpoem. The poster reads: "Boil it down, and plant as many kisses upon the world as the world can bear." Add $30 each additional poster. Add $15 ea. for flip books. (Posters won't ship till Fall 2011.)

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    Get a DVD of completed 2011 motionpoems PLUS a paperback edition of Best American Poetry 2011. Add $30 ea. for posters. Add $15 ea. for flip books.

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    NEW PLEDGE LEVEL Get a hand-pencilled 14x20 signed broadside of Todd Boss's poem, "The World Is in Pencil," forthcoming in POETRY magazine. Calligrapher: Emily J. Snyder, Queen Quills Calligraphy. See "update" tab above for further details. Add $30 ea. for posters. Add $15 ea. for flip books.

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    A gift for your local library, school, or community center: one screening kit complete with DVD and discussion guide, licensed for one public event. Use it to promote poetry, inspire writers and students, and build community! Add $30 ea. for posters. Add $15 ea. for flip books.

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    A closing “thanks” credit on a 2011 motionpoem, plus a flip book, poster, and early-bird podcast subscription. Plus DVD, flip book, poster, and subscription.

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    A closing “producer” credit on a 2011 motionpoem, plus a flip book, poster, and early-bird podcast subscription.

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