Putting the Auteur Back in Author: A Poetry Reading from Wayne Miller and Larry Goldstein 7:30 PM - BINGHAM POETRY ROOM, Ekstrom Library, U of L’s Belknap Campus
Wayne Miller is the author of two poetry collections: The Book of Props (Milkweed, 2009) and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006). He is also coeditor of the anthology New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and translator of Moikom Zeqo's I Don't Believe in Ghosts. The recipient of five Poetry Society of America awards, the Bess Hokin Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, he teaches at the University of Central Missouri and edits Pleiades. His long poem “What Night Says to the Empty Boat: Notes Toward a Film in Verse” is included in his most recent volume.
Laurence Goldstein is the author of three books of literary criticism, most recently The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History, four books of poetry, most recently A Room in California, and the editor or coeditor of eight other books, most recently Writing Ann Arbor. He is Professor of English at the University of Michigan, and editor of Michigan Quarterly Review.
“Dangerous Glamour: Poetry, Movies, and the Public Imagination” A Talk by Laurence Goldstein 3:30 PM - BINGHAM HUMANITIES, ROOM 300, U of L’s Belknap Campus
From his time growing up in Culver City, California to his recent blog for The Best American Poetry online, Laurence Goldstein has explored, with both scholarly insight and a filmgoer’s appreciation, the developing confluence of American poetry and film. This culminated in the 1995 publication of The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical Study, which Philip French called “a discerning book, combining criticism and social history. It satisfies scholarly standards while appealing to general readers.” Goldstein begins with Vachel Lindsay’s infatuating gaze (directed toward thr starlet Mae Marsh) then maps American poetry in the cinema century— up through Jorie Graham’s treatment of Lolita in “Fission.” The co-editor (with Ira Konigsberg) of The Movies: Texts, Receptions, Exposures (1997) he continues to write and publish about film.
The Big Show: The Premiere of Three Collaborative Poetry Films and Jean Cocteau’s First Film, The Blood of a Poet 7:30 PM - FLOYD THEATRE, Student Activities Center, U of L’s Belknap Campus
Working directly with Louisville filmmakers, two University of Louisville students will premiere films based on their original work. Jake Snider’s poems “Bookbinding: Pt. Deux” and “Last Winter” have been adapted for the screen by Steven Matthews. John David Baumgarten’s poem “The Third Sister: A Universal” has been adapted by Chad Thomas. The filmmakers and poets will be available for questions following the screening. Le Sang d'un poète (The Blood of a Poet) 1930, 55 min. 16mm film A landmark of surrealist cinema, Cocteau's first film attempts to reveal the inside of a poet's mind, using a panoply of trick effects and extraordinary juxtapositions to do so. Lee Miller portrays a statue that comes to life, opening the way to a world beyond. Enrique Rivero plays the poet.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a poet, filmmaker, artist, journalist, dramatist, and designer, as well as a celebrity and provocateur. He was a creative force at the center of the Parisian avant-garde from before World War I, through the surrealist 1920s and 30s, and beyond. His films exemplify the surrealist movement in France. They are dizzy with fantasy, mythology, melodrama, and unhinged experimentation. Nowhere is this more true than in his so-called Orphic Trilogy - three films inspired by the figure of Orpheus, the poet and musician of ancient mythology. For today's viewer, the trilogy opens doors to Cocteau's incomparable poetic consciousness.
Chadwick Jefferson Edward Thomas III is a University of Louisville alum with a B.A. in Communication. He is the former editor and publisher of the Calligraffiti Literary Journal. He has published over two hundred interviews and articles in LEO Weekly, Velocity, The Courier Journal, The Louisville Cardinal, Burt the Cat Fanclub Newsletter, and others. He is one half of the rock band Naked Monster Tyson and the only Lebowski Idol. Chadwick is also the manager of Just in Time Films LLC. He has written and directed four short films, including 2008's award-winning “Hootenanny” (Best Use of Genre, 48 Hour Film Project, Louisville competition).
Steven Mathews, a Georgia transplant, has been working with film production for several years. He has developed a reputation for pouring his heart, passion, and often his wallet into his projects. Since his recent arrival in Louisville, Steve has been busy freelancing. He’s worked on 40 short films in the last year.
Cocteau’s Orpheus and Testament of Orpheus
Screenings at FLOYD THEATRE, Student Activities Center, U of L’s Belknap Campus
Orphee (Orpheus) 1949, 95 min. 35mm film
Considered by many to be Cocteau's best film, Orphée is based on the ancient myth in which Orpheus (Jean Marais) descends into the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), from death. Cocteau's vision of the afterlife is rooted in modern realities: a bombed-out urban landscape, for example, and messages from the other side communicated through a car radio.
Le Testament d'Orphée (The Testament of Orpheus) 1959, 80 min. 35mm film
In the film that completes the cycle, Cocteau plays an 18th-century poet who travels in time. This is a wry, self-deprecating work, with the 70-year-old poet portraying his dreams, his friends and lovers, and fictional characters. The cast includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean Marais, and Yul Brynner. Cocteau's final film is an open coda to a unique career. Both films will be followed by a Q and A hosted by The Louisville Film Society
Film on Poets, Poets on Film: The San Francisco Renaissance
7PM/9PM - 21C Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 / (502) 217-6300
Brought to you by The Louisville Film Society, this collection of nine shorts films feature some of the biggest names in the San Francisco poetry scene and the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E School of Poetry. The program includes interviews and/or images of: Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, George Barker, James Broughton, Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Jack Hirschman, Etheridge Knight, and Ezra Pound. LFS will screen the films at both 7 PM and 9 PM.
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