Visible Verse 2013 Festival


Curated & Hosted by Heather Haley
Visible Verse, The Cinematheque’s annual festival of video poetry and film, is back! Vancouver poet, author, musician, and media artist Heather Haley curates and hosts our celebration of this hybrid creative form, which integrates verse with media-art visuals produced by a camera or a computer. The 2013 festival will be selected from more than 200 entries received from artists around the world. As well, we are happy to host Colorado poet and filmmaker R.W. Perkins, who will give an artist’s talk on video poetry and filmmaking.

Video poetry and poetry film festivals and sites continue to pop up all over the world; The Cinematheque’s Visible Verse Festival is proud to maintain its position as North America’s sustaining venue for artistically significant video poetry and film. As founder of both the original Vancouver Videopoem Festival and Visible Verse, Heather Haley has provided a platform for the genre since 1999, and has also vigorously contributed to the theoretical knowledge of the form. Ms. Haley was honoured for her work with a 2012 Pandora’s Literary Award.

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BIO: Heather Haley is a Vancouver poet, author, musician, and artist who pushes boundaries by creating across disciplines, genres, and media. She is author of the poetry collections Sideways (2003) and Three Blocks West of Wonderland (2009); director of the video poems Dying for the Pleasure (2003), Purple Lipstick (2006), Bushwhack (2010), and Whore in the Eddy (2012); and as a musical artist has released a CD of spoken-word songs, Princess Nut (2008). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, her video poems screened at many international film festivals, and she has performed her poetry and music around the world.

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Recent Showings

Free Afternoon Event! A discussion and Q&A with R.W. Perkins on the process of creating videopoems and the integration of modern filmmaking techniques.
A program of thirty-seven video poems, from Canada and around the world, curated by Heather Haley.