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Thanamattapoeia is a difficult-to-define video poem. A hybrid of documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, it is uncomfortable with each of them. Written in response to Allen Ginsberg’s death, it explores the metaphoric relationships within the physics and anatomy of life and death. The film uses technique, rather than imagery, to establish the visual metaphors.

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Multi/cross-disciplinary artist Michael Vander Does realizes a visual experience of his poem Thanamattapoeia. Putatively a threnody for Allen Ginnsberg, it ranges through cultural history, folklore, sexuality, folklore, and science attempting to hold life, death, and the universe in it's light and sound.

Screenings / Awards: 

2017 Magickal Charm Experimental Video Festival, 2/21/2017, NYC, USA. 1.ITSO Allen Ginsberg and Jazz Poetry Award.

2017 Brightside Tavern Short Film Festival, 7/29/2017, Jersey City, USA,

Finalist, New York Jazz Film Festival.

Semi-finalist, Madrid Art Film Festival.

Preselected for Toronto International Independent Film Festival, Malta Film Festival.

Directed by: 
Michael Vander Does
Writing credits: 
Michael Vander Does
Michael Vander Does
Produced by: 
Michael Vander Does
Cinematography by: 
Al Laus
Film Editing by: 
Michael Vander Does
Other crew: 
Audio recording, mixing, sound design: Greg ward
Release Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2017
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