You're Dead, America
Serbian filmmaker, Jovan Todorovic, takes a dystopic exploration of poet Danez Smith’s lyric on modern America. Haunting surrealist imagery and a dramatic score, unearth an ominous approach to despair, loss, violence and redemption.
Every Day
Director Ryan Simon widens a simple moment in time in his beautiful retelling of Robin Coste Lewis’ poem about a woman whose circumstances were never hers to own.
War Poem
Director Tyler Richardson explores the tumultuous realities of conflict and escape in Nomi Stone’s poem about two siblings trying to flee their wartorn home and find refuge.
Cranes, Mafiosas and a Polaroid Camera
Director Tash Tung juxtaposes the calm expanse of Nebraska with rhythmic undertones to showcase Natalie Diaz’s poem. Cranes, Mafiosas and a Polaroid Camera gives scale to a Native American woman’s meditation on nature, identity, and death, sparked by a paranoid late night phone call.
Small Shoes
Director Kate Dolan brings a beautifully nuanced interpretation to the tragic story of Alan Kurdi and the Syrian refugee crisis, as written by Maggie Smith.
Song of the Super Mutant Boars
Narrated by an alien android from the future, Monty Marsh’s film parallels poet Lee Ann Roripaugh’s radioactive boars in Fukushima with metaphorical swine in the Trump administration.
Boy Saint
Director Tom Speers captures the unrestrained boisterousness of youth and sexual awakening of two young boys in a poignant illustration of Peter LeBerge’s poem.
Good Bones
Maggie Smith’s poem of a mother’s pain and courage is brought to life through the eyes of a six year old girl—written, directed, produced, and post-produced by an all-female team led by Anais LaRocca.
i come from the fire city
Director Daniel Daly’s beautiful adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s poem from her book, Electric Ashes, stars Khadija Shari in an exploration of black womanhood based on Ewing’s time growing up in Chicago.
Cell Watch: Strip Cell
Director Jane Morledge creates a chilling character study from Susannah’s Nevison’s poem about solitary confinement and the psychological effects of this “prison within the prison.”
American Arithmetic
Director Mohammed Hammad adapts Natalie Diaz’s statistical approach to the modern Native American struggle, a community that is less than 1% of the country’s population but is disproportionately affected by systemic injustice.
The Ayes Have It
Director Savanna Leaf lyrically conveys Tianna Clark’s poem about a mixed-race woman’s perspective on Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, and the South.