OLD FAMILY MOVIES: POETRY VIDEO consists of a book of poems plus a 40-minute DVD, with ten videos of poems from the book. The videos are digital movies, consisting of the poet reading his poems accompanied by slideshows, old movie footage from the 1930s, photographs dating from the 1920s through the 90s, and animated text. They are a new form of personal memory, produced by mixing the traditional genre of nostalgic, performed lyric with 21st Century, visual technology.
NIGHTHAWKS & IRISES: POETRY VIDEO on PAINTINGS: each poem-video centers on a specific pictoral work. Sample: “River Landscape in Mist with Geese and Flocking Crows,” Chinese handscroll, ink on silk: Chao Ling-jan, c. A.D. 1070-1100 (www.oldfamilymovies.com).
GOOFY TUNES: COMIC POETRY VIDEO. 40-minute DVD featuring cartoon characters, each of which supports a serious--and silly-- theological position: Bogey Bear as St. John of the Cross. All comedy videos. Winner Best Shorts Award of Merit.
ABOUT the AUTHOR / VIDEOGRAPHER
Robert Kirschten is the author of James Dickey and the Gentle Ecstasy of Earth: A Reading of the Poems;“Approaching Prayer”: Ritual and the Shape of Myth in A.R. Ammons and James Dickey; and five books of poems, Old Family Movies, Nighthawks and Irises: Poems about Paintings, Chicago Poems, Looney Tunes: A Comic Book of Poems, and Fribble and Wheeze: a post-postmodern Book of Poems.
Kirschten is the editor of Critical Essays on James Dickey, “Struggling for Wings”: The Art of James Dickey, James Dickey: The Selected Poems, and Critical Essays on A.R. Ammons.
He has written seven screenplays in the genre of broad comedy, including HOTEL SCHOOL, BARREL ROLL, CROSSWORD, and TYRANNOSAURUS SEX.
His screenplay HOTEL SCHOOL is winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Red Wasp Film Festival. http://redwasp.org/2009/11/brazos-progressives-announces-the-winners-of-the-7th-annual-red-wasp-film-festival-at-stagecenter/. Finalist: Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival. First Round Qualifier FilmMakers Intl' Screenwriting Awards.
His screenplay BARREL ROLL is winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Red Wasp and "Best Comedy" screenplay at Woods Hole Film Festival. Finalist: Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival.
CROSSWORD is Quarter Finalist Creative World Awards Screenplay Contest. First Round Qualifier FilmMakers Intl' Screenwriting Awards.
He was elected to Who's Who in America.
He has written, produced, and performed in four poetry video DVDs: Old Family Movies: Poetry Video, Chicago Poems: Poetry Video, Nighthawks & Irises: Poetry Video on Paintings, and Goofy Tunes: Comic Poetry Video.
OLD FAMILY MOVIES is winner of Award of Merit: history/biographical @ Best Shorts Competition. GOOFY TUNES premiered @ New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Kirschten holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Poetry and Poetics.
He is Director of Creative Writing at Prairie View A&M University.
His classroom/home study course in poetry video is available at: www.oldfamilymovies.com.