Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.
Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.
The Alliance Française de Seattle is delighted to co-present the following French-speaking films at Cadence 2023. Members get 50%
off tickets on these programs!
FILM: ASYMMETRICAL FUTURE (AVENIR ASYMÉTRIQUE)
Director/poet: Bryam Kinkela, France, 2022, 4 min, in French with English subtitles
A man and a woman. A first contact after a long break up.
DISCOVER IT IN THIS SHOWCASE: *THE GREAT ENTANGLEMENT*
A poetics of enmeshment told via climate crises, love letters, and AI interventions confronts the intertwining of humans, technology, and emotion. This showcase sets neural networks alight; dissonant exchanges open pathways to awe and creative agency.
FILM: THE LAMB (LE GIGOT) DISCOVER IT IN THIS SHOWCASE: *A TUNE TO CONTAIN ALL YOUR REVOLT*
Rhythm, rhyme, and rhetoric come to the defense of the sacred, the scared, and the
sacrificed. These works exist to rise up, to turn against, to express rage, to make seen through planting seeds, through imagination,
through joy, through poetry.
Directors: Hélène Matte & Marco Dubé, Poets: Hélène Matte & Marion Collé, Canada, 2021, 4 min, in French with English subtitles
Suspended mid-frame, a sacrificial lamb (of sorts) makes surreal pirouettes in this dramatically embodied poetic composition.
FILM: THE LAMB (LE GIGOT)
DISCOVER IT IN THIS SHOWCASE: *A TUNE TO CONTAIN ALL YOUR REVOLT*
Rhythm, rhyme, and rhetoric come to the defense of the sacred, the scared, and the sacrificed. These works exist to rise up, to turn against, to express rage, to make seen through planting seeds, through imagination, through joy, through poetry.
Director: Charline Dally, poets: Nicole Brossard & Astrida Neimanis, France & Canada, 2022, 16 min, in English & French with English subtitles
Dickinsonia is a 550 million year old oceanic species. As their soft bodies rarely leave fossils, traumas, marked by forgetting and dissociation, also seem to leave very few traces
Directors: Gigi Perron & Anick Beaulieu, poet: Patrice Desbiens, 2022, 2 min, in French with English subtitles
An (almost) invisible protagonist enters a restaurant and orders pea soup.
DISCOVER THEM IN THIS SHOWCASE: *MELTING MEMORIES*
Where do we contain our histories? The works in this showcase trace memory from cellular blueprints to handwritten letters to public records and all the spaces in between. Using fragmentation, texture, origami, and surrealism, these video poems examine the grief, friendships, and intergenerational relationships we hold close (or let dissolve).