Welcome to HaikuLife 2015
The Haiku Foundation welcomes you to its first annual HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival. You will find a wide range of treatments of film treatments, all with haiku serving a central role in their inspiration and production. We offer these films in several formats: HaikuLife format, free format, feature format, and video haiga. This introductory film tells you about the origins of HaikuLife, and how to create your own video in this format. We look forward to sharing your work in the next HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival!
Title: Welcome to HaikuLife
Artist: Jim Kacian
Michael Henry Lee takes us on a haiku tour of St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States.
Marion Clarke links the stunning visuals of her homeland with her own piquant haiku.
Stella Pierides marries paintings of and by the sea by Alfred Wallis.
Melissa Watkins Starr shares a gathering of her haiku paired with photographs of nature.
Jim Kacian turns the fluoroscope on the Sedona Codex and interleaves the findings with his own haiku in palimpsest.
The Towpath Haiku Society, serving the D.C. area since 1995, offers readings by members past and present in this film assembled by Nathan Brager, son of Towpath member Mark E. Brager.
Ron C. Moss and Ferris Gilli collaborate on this lively renku.
Storyteller and haiku and haibun poet Genie Nakano brings one of her pieces to life in this presentation from 2014.
Ron Moss and Ferris Gilli collaborate on what is probably the first film rengay ever created..
Haiku North America is one of the highlights of any haiku year — anticipating a great gathering at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Gabriel Rosenstock is featured in this video piece by Irish television.
Ed Bremson offers 15 haiku songs.
Victor Ortiz presents an homage to the sea.
Jessica Tremblay puts her characters in motion in this short film about the travails of Kaeru, a young frog who, wanting to learn haiku, becomes an apprentice to Master Kawazu, the frog who jumped in Basho’s pond.
The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, one of the longest-lived such organizations outside Japan (founded 1972), offers readings by Patrick Gallagher and Alison Woolpert of poems by members of the group, honoring the most traditional approach to haiku in English.
Sean Dougherty’s video encomium of the life of famed haiku poet Nick Virgilio is the feature presentation of the HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival for 2015