Solas Nua and NYU DC Dialogues will present an experimental non-narrative film-poem drawing on the life of poet WB Yeats and using only his writings.
Beyond Yeats’ popular profile and his cultural tourist caché, little is really known of his complex life story – his tricky love-life, his deep and abiding obsession with the occult and the spirit world, his respectable and not-so-respectable political leanings.
This creative film-poem inspired by the life and imagination of poet WB Yeats, using only the writer’s own words – taken from an audio montage of poems, prose, letters, speeches etc. – allied to a cinematically complex visual montage. This story would relate both the chronological and emotional life of the poet which would then be visualized cinematically using a wide array of filmic techniques, drawing upon digital technology, newly-shot documentary footage, contemporary poetic imagery as well as newly-discovered unseen and rarely-seen historical archival film and photographs. The overall intention is decidedly not to make a dull, if worthy, portrait of an iconic writer, but rather to attempt a visually explosive, dramatically paced and intellectually provocative film about a flesh-and-blood character, a great creative mind and a highly complex man.