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John D. Scott (and Elizabeth Bishop) Thomas Zandegiacomo del Bel and myself – ZOOM 28th August, tickets available here


Join us on August 28th at 2pm eastern time for a conversation about poetry film. This year Zebra Poetry Film Festival will celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Liberated Words celebrates its tenth anniversary and a new critically acclaimed feature film Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing (John D. Scott, 2022) is being released. I would like to thank John and Leah for inviting me to take part in this discussion which should prove to be really interesting (in terms of John and Thomas at least!) I have written about John’s tour-de-force of a project before, and the painstaking dedication it took; but revisiting it really highlights the numerous examples of cinematic ‘close observation’, following the approach of his subject. I would challenge anyone to find a more poetic approach to a documentary, as well. Since John is a pioneer in this field I would sign up quickly, before the world moves on and he is back submerged in yet another life’s work!


Attendees will be in conversation with:

John D. Scott, Associate Professor, Documentary Studies, Ithaca College and Director, Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing.

Sarah Tremlett, poetry filmmaker, poet, and theorist, author of The Poetics of Poetry Film

Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, Artistic Director, Zebra Poetry Film Festival

Leah Shafer, Associate Professor and Chair, Media and Society Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (moderator)

Co-sponsored by:

the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

and the Center for Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Aug 28, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register here for the event:


Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing is a creative feature documentary on poet Elizabeth Bishop that incorporates several poetry films. It will be available online via Eventive for a short window beginning Friday noon August 26th eastern time until Sunday August 28th at midnight at this link: