Films Inspired by Poetry Premiere at Filmmetry Festival | MSUToday

Artists have pondered notions of “home” for centuries, and on Friday, September 30, filmmakers, poets, readers, listeners and viewers will come together for the foure annual FILMETRY Festival, which this year will feature short films adapted from poems informed by explorations of what it means to live somewhere. FILMETRY will feature 12 short films presented live at 7 p.m. at the Lansing Public Media Center. The event is free and open to everyone, and it’s sponsored by the MSU Department of English, MSU Libraries, MSU Film Studies Program, and the Lansing Public Media Center.

This year marks the fourth event for FILMETRY, which was co-founded by Cindy Hunter Morgan and Peter Johnston, who both teach at Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters. Johnston is a film studies professor at MSU who specializes in teaching digital media and film production methods and manages the film studies program’s lab space and equipment. Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing. Every year they did something new with the event. This year they worked with a themed issue of MSU Libraries Short Edition, a journal that Hunter Morgan also helped found. Johnston shared selected poems from the “Home” issue in a call for entries from filmmakers, who were asked to adapt those poems into films. The idea, according to Hunter Morgan and Johnston, was to link the FILMETRY project to the MSU Libraries Short Edition project, engage with a recent home-themed exhibition at the MSU Broad Art Museum, and expand the important ways in which FILMETRY helps build relationships across the MSU campus community and across broader artist communities. This year, for the first time, filmmakers and poets from all over the world will be represented at the event.

For more information, visit the FILMETRY website.