I have found that creating film poems provides me with tremendous freedom and creativity in storytelling. While it is more abstract than a standard narrative, by using words and sheer emotion in imagery, sound and music, I pursue a social commentary through abstract expressionism. My influences for this type of work include Nathaniel Dorsky, Stan Brakhage and Chris Marker. When I begin to create a new piece, while I have an archive of personal footage, I also shoot new material. I enjoy exploiting what I call the "happy accidents" and while editing I gain further opportunities for experimentation.
One of the most enjoyable film poetry projects I've worked on has been the Poetry Storehouse Anniversary Contest. Three filmmakers, including myself were invited to craft films, and poets responded by writing poems based on them. I had complete freedom to create a film visual and the overall contest winner, Backward Like a Ghost was written as a response to my film. Once the winning poem was chosen I asked artists Nic Sebastian and Robert Peake to narrate the poem so I had both a man and woman's voice overlapping for the narration. I then added sound effects, music and motion graphics to complete the piece. Muscle Memory was the runner-up winner for my film, as well. I'm also a contributor at Moving Poems Magazine writing about my film process and social commentary.