We just reached the first objective! Now, let’s go for the second!
We want to reach 8.500€ to make Versogramas amazing. With that extra money, we can fill the set with amazing attrezzo so that the transition scenes look even better: dried leaves, stones, books, leds, boxes, crazy stuff… Besides, we can hire more people to help us with the logistics. We really need more helping hands! Could you please help us achieve that?
Also, we want to add a new reward: a picnic+informal outdoors screening of the documentary. Have dinner with the team while you watch the documentary, for 50€! Don’t miss it!
As a way to say thanks to all the patrons that have already supported, we will give you an extra reward! Online access to exclusive material from the documentary: making off, cut scenes, full interviews…
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
The history behind Versogramas
Versogramas was born out of a sense of amazement, three years ago now. We suddenly discovered an amazing universe in which videopoetry, while barely explored in Spain, had a huge network of fans and videopoets internationally. We immediately fell in love with this universe of poetry, image and sound dancing together. What made Versogramas grow was the desire to share our discovery. After a long investigation, we selected 16 videopoets whose experience and works were relevant for speaking about videopoetry and sharing all these sensations through a creative documentary.
“Versogramas. The documentary” is the first documentary about videopoetry, a popular genre in the international scene. We follow the journey of a woman poet who discovers the genre while listening to referential creators share their experience first-hand: what videopoetry is for them, what their inspirations are, what techniques they use, how their creative process is...
This documentary is part of VERSOGRAMAS, a transmedia project that also explores videopoetry through a webdoc, an experimental feature film, an exhibition and the publishing of a book + DVD (Editorial Galaxia).
A woman remembers the past and writes some words on a film projected on the wall, while a voice over narrates the origins of videopoetry. She then walks through a broken line, surrounded by a dreamlike, abstract setting. She finds differently shaped and coloured boxes along the way, each one metaphorizing a concept. In the first one she finds fragments of videopoems related to Language. A voice over explains the beginnings of the genre. Then we see interviews of videopoets speaking about the importance of languages in written literature and explaining how they are transmitted via image and sound. Videopoems are screened behind them while they speak. The woman keeps walking and finds other little boxes corresponding to the Body, Love, Solitude, Society, Evil and Change. These are also metaphors of concepts such as: the evolution of videopoetry, the adaptation of written text, graphics and design, the communication with the audience, the place videopoetry takes, its continuous innovation and change, the problems with the definition of the genre and its future perspectives. A journey that provides answers to what videopoetry is.
Motivation of the project
Versogramas has three aims. First one, sharing our fascination with the work of many videopoets. Second one, establishing videopoetry as an independent genre, with an artistic entity of its own. Finally, and specially, promoting the reading (or viewing) of poetry in society, particularly within the educational system. We would like to tear down the impression that poetry is boring or hard by showing a new way of enjoying it. A way that fits our current consumption habits perfectly.
How will we use your contributions?
The budget of the documentary is 84.654€. Nearly 80% is already secured thanks to the support of: AGADIC, Amanita Films, Pixel Films and Fundación Paideia, among others.
We need your support on key areas, like:
Travel and acommodation expenses for shooting
Script and subtitle translation
Subtitles for the Galician, Spanish and English version
How does Verkami work?
Verkami is a platform whose goal is giving birth to new ideas thanks to many people’s collaboration. Thanks to yours we will be able to make Versogramas a reality and besides you will get exclusive rewards. How does it work?
First, you must choose your reward.
Then you pre-pay the corresponding quantity.
If we reach 100% of the goal, the quantity will be charged and the reward will be sent to you.
If we don’t, the quantity won’t be charged, there will be no rewards and we won’t be able to shoot the documentary.
Only if we reach 100% the reward will be sent to you and the money will be charged.
Schedule of the project
Shooting: May 2017
Editing and post-production: June-August 2017
Copies: September 2017
Delivery of rewards: October – December 2017
Belén Montero and Juan Lesta (directors/producers)
Belén Montero (1970) and Juan Lesta (1971) founded Esferobite in 1993. They are directors with a wide experience in experimental multimedia proyects oriented towards culture and institutional video. Their works have been awarded in festivals such as Fonart (MTV Prize), Vitoria Gasteiz, VAD and exhibited in museums like Pompidou (Metz), CGAC (Santiago de Compostela), MAC (A Coruña) or Hangar (Barcelona). They specialize in videoclip, live cinema, experimental documentary, web development and educational projects related to video.
Celia Parra (Producer)
Celia Parra (Ourense, 1990) is a film producer and an award-winning poet. She has worked for the major Galician production companies and developed her own artistic projects. As a poet, Celia has published an individual poem collection and participated in several collective publications. She specializes in videopoetry, as a creator and teacher. Her videopoems have been selected at festivals like Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival (USA) and Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Festival (Ireland) among others.
Esferobite is a multimedia producer company specialized in art and cultural projects, corporate video, web development and new formats. Esferobite’s mastery of videoart, along with a great experience in documentary, videoclip and video/ installations for museums, resulted in a wide variety of national and international awards.
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