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 and experimental means. 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 have 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.
I am also a contributor at Moving Poems Magazine writing about my film process and social commentary.
2017 | LiKE#2017 Kosice, Slovakia | Contemplating Hell » Backward Like a Ghost, poem by Amy Miller
2016 | Anthology Film Archives New York City | Homeopathy and Big Bridges » Audience Choice/Curated Selection —
2014 | Poetry Storehouse First Anniversary Contest » First Place Winner — Backward Like a Ghost, poem by Amy Miller (online)
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