North Light Arts hosted Alastair Cook’s inaugural Filmpoem Festival at Dunbar Town House on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August 2013, this mini film festival was attended by 108 people and 32 international filmmakers submitted work. Prior to the festival a competition was held Filmpoem entries were submitted from across the world including America, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Scotland and England. Two international curators were asked to programme slots, including Marc Neys from Belgium and David Bonta from Pennsylvania, USA, they chose their own personal selection of poetry films inspired by the landscape which explored the theme of journeys. Enthusiast’s travelled from across the UK and Europe to attend
The Filmpoem Festival included a curated section by Dave Bonta from Pennsylvania, USA. His program drew together video-poetry, which dealt with the wilderness in which John Muir found himself on arrival in Wisconsin. Marc Neys aka SWOON, travelled from Belgium to curate a section for the programme. Marc has produced over 120 videopoems and collaborated with various writers in different languages. Alastair Cook invited submissions from people to make a poetry-film using a recording of Scottish poet John Glenday, reciting his poem ‘A Westray Prayer’ and three selected films were presented.
Filmpoem Live included presentations by –
ATTIS. Performed by Henry McGrath: a collaborative AV translation of Catullus ‘Poem 63′ by Henry Stead, Elisa Muliere, Jef Oswald and Adam Pelling-Deeves.
Opul. JL Williams and James Iremonger create a unique blend of poetry and music. They have been working together since 2008 and in 2010 performed at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. www.opul.tumblr.com
The Debris Field a new multi-media production written and performed by poets Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon and Chris McCabe. The evocative poetic text was accompanied by original music from Oli Barrett of Bleeding Heart Narrative, and film by Jack Wake-Walker. The premiere of this piece took place at the British Film Institute on 14 April 2012, the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. www.thedebrisfield.tumblr.com
As part of the Filmpoem Festival North Light Arts also delivered a children’s workshop, where a Filmpoem was produced in the landscape of Dunbar. The children worked with Emily Dodd on the poem, Luca Nasciuti on sound and Alastair Cook on film to produce their collaborative Filmpoem which was screened at Dunbar Town House on the last day of the festival.