Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing
A feature length documentary and interactive web site in development
First Death has played numerous festivals around the world since being released in September 2012. Also, people have been writing nice things about the movie. For example, in the Winter/Spring edition of TriQuarterly John Bresland wrote: “'First Death,' the adaptation, might be a perfect pairing of filmmaker and poet. The evocative beauty of Bishop’s poetry is honored by the formal beauty of Scott’s composition."
I have also included a link to one of our trial sketches of one of Elizabeth Bishop’s most loved poems "One Art" below. We hope eventually to update it and integrate it into a longer project. "One Art" has traveled to numerous festivals, conference and gallery screenings worldwide and has been featured on a few websites also. Here's one reaction to our version of "One Art" and another adaptation "Sandpiper" from Brenda Clews at VidPoFilm:
"They are not impressionistic, abstract pieces that try to capture the mood or feeling evoked by the poems but are rooted in narrative. It is not a traditional narrative, though. Rather, we see a visual narrative that accompanies the readings of the poems but that does not literally portray or overtake the poems they are representing. There is a rhythm of camera angles and repetitions that gives a cadence or a musicality to the visual images as they unfold through the filmpoems ... These are both superb filmpoems. Do watch, and enjoy."
We'd love to get your thoughts on the work or the project. Feel free to email us at email@example.com and let us know.