Requiem for a spoken word – Jim Hall – Marc Zegans – USA

“requiem” honors the passing of a single word from the heart of the poet, to the poet’s lips, then to the audience and its fleeting life suspended in air. A tragic death or does that word find new life and meaning in memory?
This Experimental FilmPoem conjures a cortège for a spoken word.

Director Biography – Jim Hall

Jim Hall is a 2-time Peabody Award winner for his work in television as part of an investigative team.
The Peabody Award is considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting.
Working as a cameraman at TV stations around the United States, he became a digital Gypsy moving from town to town telling stories.
His camera lens has captured lost souls on their way out and fallen angels on their way back up.
His FilmPoems have screened at festivals internationally, including two of the biggest, the ZEBRA in Berlin and the Video Poetry Festival in Athens.
Hall won the International Prize at the Art Visuals & Poetry Festival in Vienna last year.
Pathetically, he writes his own Bio and hopes everyone can see through all the folderol.

Poet Marc Zegans

Marc Zegans is a poet, spoken word artist, and creative development advisor who helps artists, writers and creative people thrive and shine. Marc is the author of four collections of poems, The Book of Clouds, Boys in the Woods, The Underwater Typewriter, and Pillow Talk, an e-book, Intentional Practice and the Art of Finding Natural Audience, and two spoken word albums, Marker and Parker, with the late jazz pianist Don Parker, and Night Work. He has been the Narragansett Beer Poet Laureate and a Poetry Whore with the New York Poetry Brothel—which Time Out New York described as “New York’s Sexiest Literary Event,” and has performed everywhere from the Bowery Poetry Club and the American Poetry Museum to the San Francisco 40th Anniversary of Punk Rock Renaissance.

As an immersive theater producer he created the Boston Center for the Arts’ CycSpecific “Speak-Easy,” and Salon Poetique: A Gathering of the “Tossed Generation.” He has also been MC and co-producer, with Aaron Shadwell andBrendyn Schneider,of The No Hipsters Rock ’n Roll Revue, and co-producer, with Karen Lee, of Burlesque for Books.

In addition to his broader creative advisory practice, Marc consults with emerging poets on the development of their craft. He writes periodically about creativity and innovation, and politics. He has a son in college, who, when not engaged in “biological research,” makes sketch comedy videos, break-dances and raps. Marc lives near the coast in Northern California, where he can be found on the bluffs most evenings enjoying the gorgeous sunsets.

Director Statement

Acclaimed Beat Poet Marc Zegans wrote a poem about spoken word performance and the journey of just one word from voice to air to heart,
the moment when that solitary word meets its death when the vibration ends… or does it find new life in memory?
The poem haunted me with the possibility of giving it a new life in film, a chance to pay our last respects to this unnamed word as it enters Word Heaven.
A High Mass conducted by the High Priest of Beat poets.

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