Motionpoems Inc. Sweeps Berlin Festival with 12 Films, 3 in Competition

Minneapolis, MN, August 09, 2012 --( Motionpoems, Inc., a 4-year-old poetry film company based in Minneapolis, has had twelve of its short films accepted to compete and screen in the 6th Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, in October. Nearly 900 entries from 63 countries vied for 30 slots in the competition and 140 slots in the regular program.

Motionpoems in the awards competition (also available at
“Just As, After a Point, Job Cried Out” | film by Emma Burghardt | poem by K. A. Hays
“Render, Render” | film by Angella Kassube | poem by Thomas Lux
“When at a Certain Party in NYC” | film by Amy Schmitt | poem by Erin Belieu

Motionpoems in the regular program (available for viewing at
“Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91” | film by Tom Jacobsen | poem by L.S. Klatt
“The Cloudy Vase” | film by Jeff Saunders & Scott Olson | poem by Jane Hirshfield
“French Movie” | film by Scott Wenner | poem by David Lehman
“Karl” | film by Scott Wenner | poem by Dag Straumsvåg
“The Poem of the Spanish Poet” | film by Juan Delcan | poem by Mark Strand
“Render, Render” | film by Jeff Saunders| poem by Thomas Lux
“Sea Salt” | film by Amy Schmitt | poem by David Mason
“Thoreau and the Lightning” | film by Adam Tow | poem by David Wagoner
“The Trees – They Were Once Good Men” | film by Emma Burghardt | poem by Todd Boss

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is a cooperation project between the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and interfilm Berlin and the Polish Institute Berlin and is kindly supported by the Capital Cultural Fund, the German Fund for Literature, the Goethe Institute and the Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. It takes place as part of the Poesiefestival Berlin.

Competition prizes will total EUR 10,000. A commission nominated films for the competition, and an internationally respected jury will name the winners.

Motionpoems, Inc., is the nonprofit brainchild of animator/producer Angella Kassube and poet Todd Boss, whose first collaborative film in 2008 inspired them to work with top American poets and video artists. The mission is to broaden the audience for poetry. The films are available monthly via free subscription at Recent collaborations with publishers have included Scribner’s vaunted Best American Poetry series, Copper Canyon Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Editions.

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Contact: Todd Boss, 651/644-1566
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