Triptych Filmpoem (without audio): Three poems from Failed State a haibun collection by poet Dave Bonta are joined together in the full 6:34 triptych film poem. A haibun is prose-poem-like culminating in a haiku. The filmpoem includes Poem for Display in a Vacant Lot, Poem for Display in an Abandoned Factory and Poem for Display in an Art Museum. This triptych gets its inspiration from early religious icon paintings with three panels hinged together like shutters, and also found in contemporary photography as three photographs framed together. The idea was appealing for the film form, especially since the associated haikus act as breaks or hinges between each mini-essay. While there are numerous themes included in the film, a common thread is the concept of placemaking and the environment. This is where our human collective consciousness has the power to reinvent public spaces while saving our environment—all based on shared values. The poet created a host of public poems tailor-made to be displayed in their environments and this film considers how these places might speak to us when we are carefully attuned. Filmed in Barcelona, Bulgaria, Cuba, and the United States. With additional footage collaboration with Roumyana Mihaylova.
—Official Selection of Oaxaca Film Festival from October 4 - 10, 2019
New Industry Selection, Cutting Edge Category for International short films exploring bold and courageous material.
—Official Selection for the Spring + Fall Opening of NewFilmmakers, based in New York City and LA.
at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC