Elephant

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While working for the International ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin in 2008, I was fascinated by the great diversity of submissions and new genres of narrative in film and poetry. I am a documentary filmmaker and I’d been writing poems (unpublished) since I was young. ZEBRA inspired me to create a poetry film based on one of my poems. As I started developing my own script based on my poem “Elephant,” I became increasingly aware of the challenges one faces when translating poetry into film. In my poetry, I rely on metaphors for describing feelings, moods and situations. The language of film, however, mostly expresses itself through visual moments and metaphors. It came to my mind that dance as a media transfers feelings and moods into physical actions and would be perfect for conveying the meaning of my poems within visual media.

 

 




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Sina Seiler studied the Humanities and Interactive Media at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Karlsruhe University of the Arts and Design and graduated in 2003. She continued her Media Studies with a focus on documentary filmmaking & TV at international Eberhardt Karls University of Tübingen, Germany and was meanwhile granted a European stipend in film at DAMS - University of Art, Theatre and Film at Bologna, Italy and graduated in 2007. Since 2007 she has been living in Berlin and working as a filmmaker, lecturer and honorary as programmer for Festivals. In 2006 she was awarded the Arsenal Audience Prize at Shortfilmfestival Tübingen for her first experimental film “Esho Funi - Oneness of self and enviroment"

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