This compilation includes a portrait of Canadian poet Earle Birney and an animated film of one of his poems. Earle Birney: Portrait of a Poet: Writer, scholar, activist, Earle Birney is revered as the grand old man of Canadian poetry. In this intimate profile, Birney speaks lovingly of his craft and explains the process of translating poetic inspiration into a successful work of art. Highlighting this film are excerpts from his moving epic David, the lyric poem From the Hazel Bough, and Alaska Passage, which Birney performs with the percussion group Nexus (53 min. 9 sec.). Trawna Tuh Belvul: This short film is an expressive interpretation of Earle Birney's poem Trawna Tuh Belvul by Knayjim Psifik. Using finely-crafted cut-out animation, this film is an adventure aboard a train. The characters on the train, their stories, and the evocative blend of rail sounds, original music, and Earle Birney's reading of the poem all contribute to a memorable experience of the journey from Toronto to Belleville, Ontario (14 min. 10 sec.).
1996, 67 min 19 s
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