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Axton Festival of Film and Verse to showcase student work, visiting speakers

March 16th, 2009

Axton Festival of Film and Verse
April 9–11 (Belknap Campus) and April 21 (off campus)
Admission is free and open to the public.

The premiere of films using University of Louisville students’ poems is among highlights for this year’s Axton Festival of Film and Verse titled “The Soul That Grows in Darkness.”

Festivities will open with “Putting the Auteur Back in Author: A Poetry Reading from Wayne Miller and Larry Goldstein,” at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in Ekstrom Library’s Bingham Poetry Room.

Miller, University of Central Missouri associate professor of English and Pleaides journal editor, has won five Poetry Society of America awards and published two poetry collections. Goldstein, University of Michigan English professor and Michigan Quarterly Review editor, wrote several poetry and criticism books including “The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History.”

Goldstein also will discuss “Dangerous Glamour: Poetry, Movies and the Public Imagination” at 3:30 p.m. April 10 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

The April 10 events lead to the 7:30 p.m. film showings in the Swain Student Activities Center’s Floyd Theater. “The Big Show” will mark the premiere of films based on poems by Jake Snider and John David Baumgarten, adapted by UofL alumnus Chad Thomas and Steven Matthews. The showings will include French surrealist Jean Cocteau’s first film “The Blood of a Poet.”

Other Cocteau films will be shown April 11 in Floyd Theater: “Orpheus” at 6 p.m. and “The Testament of Orpheus” at 8 p.m. The Louisville Film Society will host a question-and-answer session after the showings.

Later the society will sponsor the festival’s “Film on Poets, Poets on Film: The San Francisco Renaissance” showing of film shorts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 21 at 21-C Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St.

Festival events are sponsored by the Axton Endowment in conjunction with UofL’s English department, Student Activities Board and the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society as well as the Louisville Film Society and Derby City Film Festival.

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