Panacea Poets

A huge thank you to the Queensland Poetry Festival team for the invitation to be part of Panacea Poets.

In Panacea Poets, Queensland Poetry Festival administers a twice-weekly booster of short readings from wonderful poets via their youtube channel.

QPF will deliver these soothing doses of poets-in-iso indefinitely.

It is such a great honour to be part of a project to apply the bird of poetry to the experience of the Pandemic, and to maybe inspire listeners to draw on their strengths and optimism.

So many esteemed and inspiring poets – Kirli Saunders, Stuart Barnes, Charmaine Papertalk Green to name just a few, do check out the playlist! I’ll share a few of my faves from time to time!

Here is my reading!

 

Resarching the Story of Uncle Fred Murray

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Warning: This trailer features people who have passed away. This video was made in collaboration with BushTV and should not be embedded into other sites.

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You can read more about Fred Murray here AT BAHA’I BLOG

Some of the Research Journey in Images, no explanation is given … at this point in time.

 

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Jadella Lies

I am so excited that the Hairy Harold, the kick starter project, I supported last week is going ahead.  Now this week I am encouraging any of my blog readers who love supporting youth living in remoter parts of Australia to support Jadella Lies.

Sonja is a highly motivated and talented young lady who has been doing art and selling her art online and at markets for some time.  She was also a great mentor and friend to my daughter when we lived in far North Queensland.

She has gathered a group of her friends and is this close to creating something truly memorable for all participants, their family, friends and the wider community.

Sonja writes,

“Senthai; a land ruled by magic and chaos. No one person controls another. There are no rulers, and no rules. But legend has it there is one who has the power to seize the hearts and minds of the people. One who can control them… Her power is sought after by many a thief, mercenary and tyrant. But this powerful woman is no more willing to share her powers than she is to use them. She would die before letting that happen.”

This is it. The basic little description upon which this entire book and movie project is based. My friends and I were really just mucking around in an exam block spare, when we decided to make a movie. It was only going to be small, easy to manage (not at all like the ridiculous half-tries we had attempted in the past), nothing too hard at all… Wow, we were naive.

Before we knew what was happening, we were trawling op-shops for costumes to alter, buying swords, making props and puppets and masks and well, everything that we had promised we wouldn’t do. It was fantastic! ”

Sonja goes on to  say:

“During the Christmas holidays, we (8 young women, ranging from age 7 to 18) began filming. We got our parents to transport us to locations around Mission Beach in Far North Queensland whenever we had free time (believe me, coordinating teenage girls is a lot harder than herding cats – it is more like herding bubbles) and we have now completed filming.

Now all we need is that final push to get us over the finish line. We have editors for the movie and book all lined up and ready to go, and have booked dates for an exhibition at the Mission Arts Gallery (the 26th June) where we will exhibit the handmade props, costumes and original artwork.”

So if you want to see some young women achieve their dreams why not lend them some support, and for your troubles they will send you a thankyou card, give you a film sponsorship credit, or post you a copy of their book and the dvd of the movie signed.  I for one, wish them well.

Please reblog this and share on your twitter and facebook!

For more information on the campaign head Jadella Lies Kickstarter Campaign

Note- This project is almost funded only $130 to go (24/04/2015)

The Project is Funded, but they would appreciate more funds and will use them to the costs of their project (2/5/2015)

A Mentor’s Journey

 

When you mentor you are working towards giving someone independence to achieve his or her own dream.

You are not doing for, but inspiring someone to action.

I made the short film above, inspired by Danielle’s dream for a dance drama where she danced both parts.

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She wanted to make a film called Shadow Boxer.

I just wanted to show her how far I thought we could go with the footage we had.

She inspired and challenged me by asking me to do things I had never done with film before.

‘Can we do this June?’ she asked.

She knew I was still learning too but she had faith in my ability to learn and adapt.

I learnt what I could about the editing program I had and then taught her what her could, fully expecting her to take it a step further because this was her dream and her vision.

I created layers of film that she could mix and remix.

We worked in the time frames we had, but I knew she could do a lot of the editing herself as she had some film experience.  So we invested that time in finding the parts of the program she would need to master to achieve her goals.

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I wanted her to know she could finish her project by herself.  She worked and worked on the film after the time I had with her came to an end.  Then one day she sent me the link – she was happy with it!

After many months I decided to revisit the original mentoring film and have since added more elements, like falling leaves and a closing sequence to round the music out. The subtle animation seems to work well with the piano.

I didn’t like the original colour, so I warmed it up.  So you see the mentor learns from the student and the student the mentor.  It is best when it’s a two way street.

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Have you ever been a mentor?  What was easy and what was a challenge for you?

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The Seeds of Dance – poetry in film projects

 

I have quite a few small experimental films, which were originally to practice editing. Some of them are now useful in providing the basis for poetry films and feel worthy of a polish and share.

At the moment I am working on doing my poetry as short films. Many of these will be from the upcoming Magic Fish book

This particular one, however is nothing to do with that book, but is an early one, inspired by the dance work of Danielle Wilson. I was filming her projects and ended up writing and creating a film poem.

A voice over has recently been added to complete the film.

(c) June Perkins