Haydn Reiss / Poetry, Biography, Arts in Film, Documentary / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Poetry, Sexuality, Social Issues, Vision Quest / 81 mins“A Thousand Years of Joy” charts poet/activist Robert Bly's journey from Midwestern farm boy to global troubadour, best-selling author of “Iron John” and leader of the men's movement. Bly is one of America’s most celebrated poets, easily the most controversial, who has for over 50 years crisscrossed the cultural landscape through poetry, translation, activism and social commentary. Bly has been celebrated, vilified, but above all persisted in championing the power and importance of poetry in today’s America. With director Haydn Reiss and Poet James Ragan in Person.
Poetry, Special Event, Arts in Film / Master Class / 120 minsThe Master Class with James Ragan will focus on the “Principals of Dramatic Structure” in learning the Craft of Screenwriting. It will focus on the further goal of How to Read a Film by understanding the importance of “Backdrop” in plotting and character development. The invitation to the group is to bring their passion for film and writing to the session (and their good humor).
Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter
September 25, 2016 11:00 am
Joshua Dylan Mellars / Poetry, Shorts, Arts in Film / Sweden, USA / 2016 / 10 minsSet against San Francisco backdrops of swirling winds, wave pounded rocks, foreboding coastal promontories and stark film noir cityscapes, SHAKESPEARE IN THE SHADOWS shows the power, the purity, the prosody and the simplicity of the master dramatist's work: its beauty, its excellence, its well-turned phrases, its pithy and its sardonic, its diminuendo and its crescendo, its whisper and its roar. The film is a collaboration with classically trained stage actor Mark Cohen, who honed his craft at Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) affiliate Guildhall in London.
Stefan C. Schaefer / Poetry, Biography, EcoCinema, Arts in Film, Documentary / 2016 / Environmental, Poetry, Politics / 82 minsPoet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings, however, but also the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship. He established the Merwin Conservancy, a preserve consisting of the most comprehensive private collections of palms in the world. EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING is an intimate portrait of a man who is often called a “national treasure.”