This is a 7 minute video piece made for EterniDay- a festival of poets and poetic performance at the Queens Museum, in Queens New York, curated by the Queens Poet Laureate, Paolo Javier. The short video was screened in a program with the poets Reggie Harris and Jan Heller Levi.
I was thrilled to be a part of the poetry festival, and ended up using a poem I'd found on the floor of a friends apartment. The poem is called 'I am A Filmmaker and A Poet' or 'I Am' and was written in 1999 by avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas.
The process led me to be in communication with Jonas Mekas which felt to be a great turn of events, as he is a creative figure that I admire very much.
The footage is Super 8 shot by my father about 20 years ago. The people are mostly my family.
Thanks to Paolo. Thanks to my brother, Marlon. My mother, Vonnie, and my father Michael.
Thanks to my love, Rafe Scobey-Thal.