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Updated: Aug 17, 2018

A Conversation About Poetry & Film

Join the UA Hanson Film Institute and the UA Poetry Center for an hour-long conversation about collaboration through film and poetry with Ofelia Zepeda and Jonathan VanBallenberghe. The event will feature a screening of their collaborative film “O’odham Dances,” a reading of additional poetry by Zepeda, and thoughts from both artists on collaborative relationships and intersections. This event takes place in the Center For Creative Photography Auditorium.

“O’odham Dances” is a lyrical film adaptation of Ofelia Zepeda’s poem of the same name, which portrays a Tohono O’odham ritual in which people join with not only the animals of the desert but all the important elements necessary for rain, including winds, clouds, and the heat off the desert. The film shows the dramatic transformation of the Sonoran desert as night falls: the sun sets, the moon rises, and animals that have quieted their movements through the day’s intense heat come out in search of food and water. Desert images and sounds – saguaro silhouettes, coyotes calling, bats at dusk, the intensity of desertstarscapes – are captured through aerial cinematography, time lapse, and creative audio to convey the powerful sense of place/sacred space that Zepeda’s poem evokes. This film was commissioned by the Western Folklife Center with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

When:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Where:  Center For Creative Photography Auditorium, 1030 North Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721


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