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Polis Is This

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August 6, 2009
7pm, Hooker Dunham Theater Brattleboro, VT

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"For more than two decades, Henry Ferrini has been living and extending the art of documentary cinema through a conscious relation to American poetic tradition. His films advance a deep and profound play of image, poet, place and word upon consciousness. Now, with "Polis Is This", he demonstrates mastery of the beautifully complex and sometimes tragically lettered life-stream through which Charles Olson can be fathomed from top to bottom."
Kenneth Warren—House Organ

"Efforts to make films about poets and poetry are numerous. All are valiant but few succeed like Henry Ferrini's evocation of Charles Olson. I commend this brilliantly thoughtful work to all who may have doubted it could be done."
Robert Gardner, Founding Director, Film Study Center, Harvard University

"A beautifully composed homage to one of the few
truly monumental American poets of our times."
Jack Hirschman, Poet Laureate of San Francisco

"Quite simply the best film made on an American poet ever."
Bill Corbett, Professor of Writing & Humanistic Studies, MIT

"A moving tribute to a man and his creativity. I think in that silence,
we were all transfixed. For that we thank you.
Harvey Breverman, Distinguished Professor of Art, SUNY, University of Buffalo

"What an incredible Piece of Electronic Cinematic Art! The bar of historical relevancy of contemporary American Poetry has been raised several notches.
Every Student in a literature class needs to see it."
Mel Vapour, Berkeley Film Festival

"...an impressionistic, yet informative and moving documentabout
the act of creation that neither shies away nor oversimplifies."
Michael Kelleher, ArtVoice

"A visual and auditory dance of poetic beauty."
Chet Williamson, Worcester Magazine

"Henry Ferrini's images are absolutely brilliant. John Malkovich
enkindles Olson words and makes them come alive."
Magilla Schaus, Literary Buffalo Newsletter

"Polis Is This is a beautifully shot and edited portrait of Olson in his Gloucester seen through his eyes. It is truly...almost mythical...the maximus
of Tyre persona striding down from the fort"
Jennifer Dunbar Dorn


Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place by Elyssa East, The Brooklyn Rail

Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place by Michael Antman, POP Matters

The landscape of a great poet by Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, April 4, 2009

Q&A with Henry Ferrini by Greg Carlson, southpawfilmworks, March 30, 2009

Review of Polis is This by Paul Nelson, Global Voices Radio, March 2009

Polis Review by Mary Woodbury, Jack Magazine, March 2009

Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place by Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress, 4/16/2008

Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place by Don Byrd, New England Quarterly, September, 2007.— Polis-is-this-review-Byrd.pdf

Poetry and the persistence of place by Chet Williamson, Worcester Magazine, 12 April, 2007.—http://www.worcestermagazine.com/content/view/1343

Poetry in motion picture: Worcester-born poet immortalized in new film by Chris Mellen, Worcester Movies, 12 April, 2007.

Rediscovering Charles Olson: New film looks at a poet's life by Richard Duckett, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 8 April, 2007. http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070408/NEWS/704080431/1110

The Poet and the City: Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place by Michael Kelleher, ArtVoice.—http://artvoice.com/issues/v6n15/film_reviews/poet_and_the_city

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