Double life- Marie Craven- Cindy St.Onge- Australia

Marie Craven is an Australian film-maker who has directed, written and/or produced short films since 1984. Based in Queensland since 2002, she spent her early childhood living on a sheep and cattle station in country NSW, before her family relocated to Melbourne in 1967.

Notes from Marie
I read Cindy St. Onge’s paradoxical poem, ‘Double Life in REM State’, at the now-defunct Poetry Storehouse website, where poets and readers made their work available on a Creative Commons remix license, thereby encouraging the production of poetry films. It was a marvellous project for the couple of years it lasted, and started me making videopoems.

After initially reading Cindy’s poem, the memory of it stayed with me over several months. Then, searching the Prelinger Archives, I found a 1940s film advertisement photographed in a noir style that I thought might work with the written piece. Like many films at the Prelinger Archives, it was available in the public domain, so I was able to incorporate it into my video. The advertisement also had an espionage theme that I felt drawn to in relation to the poem.

I selected key shots and slowed them down, and created two mirrored screens from the single images. I then changed the synchronisation on the images so that the femme fatale was seen to be following herself in her mirror world. By doing this, I wanted to create a greater sense of ‘dream time’ to follow the themes of the poem.

The music is by Purple Planet, otherwise known as Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn. It’s a track called ‘Slowly Creeping’ that, along with other music, was available for free use in video projects from their website.

For logistical reasons related to available footage and duration of music, I took a lot of liberties with the text of the original poem in this video remix, performing a kind of ‘erasure’ or distillation. This I presented as subtitles to an otherwise ‘silent film’ with music.

The poet, Cindy St. Onge, is also a film-maker.

Cindy St. Onge
Cindy is a multi-media poet whose video poems have been screened in video festivals in the US and Europe, and have been showcased at Her video poem, ‘The Comfort of Gravity’ was a juried winner for Linus Gallery’s online Angst exhibition in 2015. Her poems have appeared recently in Timberline Review, Dappled Things, Right Hand Pointing, Gravel, Apeiron Review and other print and online journals. Her poems have also been used in video remixes by multi-media poets Dale Wisely, Othniel Smith, Nic Sebastian, and Marie Craven. Her eighth chapbook, ‘Season of Bright Sadness’, was published December, 2016, by Grizelda Press. She resides in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

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