13 Jun

Tuesdays June 13 and June 27, 6:30–9:30PM
Brooklyn, NY

Workshop: “Frames and Stanzas” with Lynne Sachs


Poetry Society of America
119 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Registration required:
$150 (members get 10% off workshops and seminars)

*RESCHEDULED* from original dates, now running June 13 and June 27.

Join us for this multimedia investigation of how sounds, texts, media images, home-made movies, and sensory experiences come together in a film-poem. Filmmaker and poet Lynne Sachs will share her insights and experiences in bridging poetry and cinema, with a particular focus on large-scale public events and our internal responses to them. Participants will explore and expand the intersections between still/moving images and written/spoken words, writing poems in conjunction with shooting video and taking photographs. Sachs will screen some of her recent film-poems and excerpts from her feature, “Tip of My Tongue” (2017), as examples and prompts for participants to create their own original work. Creative collaboration between participants will be a vital part of the workshop, and Sachs will carefully pair participants based on a questionnaire sent after registering.

Note: This is not a tech-focused workshop (though some basic tech instruction will be shared). The only equipment required is a smartphone with a camera.

Lynne Sachs is a Brooklyn filmmaker and poet who made her early, experimental works on celluloid in San Francisco where she took a feminist approach to the creation of images and writing—a commitment which has grounded her body of work ever since. Sachs uses letters, archives, diaries, performance and music, to make connections between the body, the camera, and the materiality of film itself. Her films have screened at MoMA, Tate Modern, Image Forum Tokyo, Wexner Center for the Arts, New York Film Festival, Rotterdam, and Sundance. Museum of Moving Image, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Cork Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, and China Women’s Film Fest have presented retrospectives of her films. Sachs received a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts in 2014. In 2021, the Edison Film Festival and Prismatic Ground Film Festival awarded Sachs for her body of work in the experimental and documentary fields. In 2019, Tender Buttons Press published her book Year by Year Poems.

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