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Mattie Stepanek: For Our World Mattie's poems of peace and hope have touched millions of lives.
Short Film Program | Poetic Cinema
The following films celebrate poetic cinema. Films and poetry have a connection because of their use of images, sound, and time.
As you watch these films, consider the techniques used by filmmakers to bring out these elements in poetry and use the questions provided to guide class discussion.
Taft High School student, Matthew Marroquin, takes on the task of illustrating this poem by Robert Frost.
Taft High School student, Deana Saito, creates a beautiful visual expression of the poem by William Wordsworth.
1. Which of these films evoked the most emotion in you? Why?
2. What cinematic techniques might be useful for evoking emotion?
3. How do the images used in these illustrated poems strengthen the meaning of the poem? How do they lessen it?
4. Is poetry visual by nature? Are some poems a stronger choice for illustrating with visuals? Why?
5. How have the filmmakers emphasized the story of the poem?
6. If you were to illustrate a poem, which poem would you choose? Why? How would you approach a project like this?
7. Illustrate your favorite poem or an original poem.
Students are encouraged to illustrate one of their favorite poems or an original poem through film. Then use the MY HERO Create Program to submit.
Films | Poetry Recitals
David Milch Reads The Eulogy of Wild Bill Hickok from Deadwood at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
New Visions Foundation founder, Paul Cummins, reads Robert Frost at the MY HERO poetry and jazz SALON 4/18/13.
Olivia Milch Reads Wild Geese by Mary Oliver at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
Students are encouraged to read aloud an original poem or a favorite poem and film the poetry reading to submit to MY HERO through the Create Program.
Celebrate and Learn about Poets with Hero Essays, Artwork and Audio
Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.
Emily Barasch Reads Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
Phillis Wheatley was the first distinguished African-American poet. Story has text with audio so students can listen as they read along.
Students are encouraged to write a story about or create a portrait of a favorite poet to submit to MY HERO through the Create Program.
Artists portray their favorite poet heroes.
"And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name."
~ William Shakespeare
How to use MY HERO's Create Program to Publish Poetry, Stories, Art, Film and Audio For Students
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
For Additional Resources and Lesson Plans, Go to the MY HERO Lesson Plan Center
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