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Drunken Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski

An animated chronicle of Downtown Eastside poet Henry Doyle’s ordinary day as he goes to do his laundry with a favourite poetry book in hand, encountering a range of local residents along the way.

  • FIona Tinwei Lam
    “Omelet” at the Berlin Interfilm Short Film Festival and “Aquarium” at the Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival in Minneapolis, Video Bardo in Buenos Aires and Sadho Festival in Delhi
  • Analee Weinberger
    Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News
  • Henry Doyle
  • H. Kristen Campbell
  • Henry Doyle (legal name Joe Mansfield)
  • Fiona Tinwei Lam
    "Aquarium" in 2012 and "Omelet" in 2013
  • Henry Doyle
    Key Cast
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    Animation, Documentary, Short
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    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
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  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival
    May 6, 2017
    North American Premiere
  • Slideluck Hong Kong Screening
    Hong Kong
    November 11, 2017
    Slideluck Hong Kong III Screening  ("Drunken Laundry Day" at The White Loft, Hong Kong, Nov/16)
  • Northwest Animation Festival
    United States
    May 14, 2018
  • Ani'mest Animation Festival
    October 6, 2018
    Eastern European premiere
  • Film and Video Poetry Symposium
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 29, 2018
  • Zebra International Poetry Film Festival
    September 27, 2018
  • So Limitless & Free Festival
    February 10, 2019
    Quebec Premiere
    Best New Art Form Film
Director Biography - FIona Tinwei Lam, Analee Weinberger, Henry Doyle, H. Kristen Campbell

There was a directorial team consisting of Fiona Tinwei Lam, H. Kristen Campbell, Henry Doyle, and Analee Weinberger.

Henry Doyle is a warrior-poet who has worked and lived in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver since coming west from Toronto in 2004. He is a long-time member of Thursdays Writing Collective at the Carnegie Centre in Vancouver. His work appears in various local magazines and anthologies and in a chapbook of his own poems, East Van Poems. “Drunken Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski” is his debut video poem.

Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored two poetry books and a children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket. Her poetry and prose appear in over 24 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poetry about Facing Cancer. She has an M.F.A. from UBC and currently teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies. Her video poems have been screened at the Zebra poetry film festival (“Omelet” in 2014), the Berlin Interfilm Short Film Festival (“Omelet” as part of the Best of the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in 2013), the Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival in Minneapolis (“Aquarium” in 2013), the International Poetry Film Festival in Athens (“Aquarium”, “Chrysanthemum” and “Omelet” in 2013), Video Bardo in Buenos Aires (“Aquarium” in 2012), Vancouver’s Visible Verse Festival (“Chrysanthemum” and “Omelet” in 2009 and 2012) and the Sadho Film Festival in New Delhi (“Omelet” and “Aquarium” in 2015). www.fionalam.net

H. Kristen Campbell is an editor/filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University & Design in 2012, and was also awarded the President’s Media Award for her animated thesis film, Swift. Her films have been showcased in several film festivals, including TIFF, OIAF, Anima Mundi, ITFS and NYCIFF. http://hkrisc.tumblr.com/

Analee Weinberger is a media educator and producer based in Vancouver, BC who specializes in video production as a tool for community engagement. She is the former Education Director at The Cinémathèque, a film institute in Vancouver, and worked prior to that at Necessary Illusions, a Montreal-based documentary production company. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from McGill University.

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Director Statement

Full of both humour and humanity, “Drunken Laundry Day” depicts an ordinary day in the life of an ordinary inhabitant of Vancouver’s gritty but colourful Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, encountering a cross-section of residents in different settings. It also shows how poetry counts, not just an elevated art form, but as an essential part of our everyday existence that transcends social, economic, and geographic boundaries to engage and connect us. The poem’s image sequences are vividly rendered through a combination of text, rotoscopic animation (line-drawing on film footage), and illustration, and of course Henry Doyle’s warm, resonant, and authentic voice.
Poet Henry Doyle's poem, “Drunken Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski” won Geist magazine’s DTES Writers’ Jamboree writing contest in 2011.