Plasticpoems

Two concrete poems come to life via animated text and sound in this short unnarrated video based on Fiona Tinwei Lam's visual poems about marine plastic pollution.

  • Fiona Tinwei Lam
    Director
    Omelet, Aquarium, Drunken Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski, Plasticnic, Chrysanthemum
  • Fiona Tinwei Lam
    Writer
    As above
  • Fiona Tinwei Lam
    Producer
    As above
  • Nhat Truong
    Animator
  • Tinjun Niu
    Sound Design
    Omelet, Aquarium, Drunken Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski, Plasticnic
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    VIDEO HD MOV
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Experimental Film & Music Video Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 24, 2019
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cadence Video Poetry Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    April 19, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Arts in Nature Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    June 29, 2019
    Official Selection
  • REELpoetry Houston
    Houston
    United States
    January 25, 2020
    JUDGES' AWARD: BEST POETRY VIDEO
Director Biography - Fiona Tinwei Lam

Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored three poetry books. A finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, she edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer and authored the illustrated children's book about Alzheimer's, The Rainbow Rocket. Her work appears in over thirty anthologies, including The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: 10th Anniversary Edition and Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally including the Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival (Minneapolis), Visible Verse (Vancouver), Sadho Poetry Film Festival (Delhi), Athens International Video Poetry Festival, Zebra Festival (Germany), Interfilm Short Film Festival (Berlin), Ani'mest Animation Festival (Budapest), Northwest Animation Festival (Portland), Cadence Video Poetry Festival (Seattle), DOXA documentary film festival (Vancouver), and the Film & Video Poetry Symposium (L.A.). She teaches at Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies in Vancouver, BC. fionalam.net

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Director Statement

Each poem asks for a different approach. Text, visual images and sound are woven together in video poetry to create something quite new. Synergies develop when poets and animators collaborate!