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FilmBar and the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU proudly present Motionpoems Season 8: Dear Mr. President, a collection of short films based on poems exploring politics, social justice issues and more on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at FilmBar (815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5. A short community talk-back will follow the event.
Inspired by the Women’s March of 2017, the latest season of Motionpoems takes a hard and honest look at our current state of political and social affairs, focusing on themes of racism, immigration, judicial system reform, and more. When so much of our public discourse is fraught with difficulty, these 12 films assert the basic humanity behind the issues with dignity, thoughtfulness, urgency and grace, showing us the critical potential of what arts and culture can be.
Season 8 features two indigenous films by ASU Professor and Poet Natalie Diaz, "Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera" and "American Arithmetic". Other poets include Tiana Clark, Eve L. Ewing, Peter LaBerge, Robin Coste Lewis, Susannah Nevison, Danez Smith, Maggie Smith, Nomi Stone, and Lee Ann Roripaugh.
For selected episodes, bonus interviews, and previous seasons, you can visit Motionpoems Website. Please note that some films may contain mature content or themes; viewer discretion is advised. As seating is limited, we strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.
Motionpoems is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that partnters with publishers, film companies, and literary organizations to create opportunities for hybrid, collaborative work. To learn more about Motionpoems, visit http://motionpoems.org
"The Ayes Have It," by Tiana Clark
"Every Day," by Robin Coste Lewis
"Small Shoes," by Maggie Smith