Welcome to HaikuLife 2016
The Haiku Foundation welcomes you to its second 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
Stella Pierides offers a HaikuLife format reading of some of her recent poems, filmed and edited by Rob Ward.
This evocative short reading of several of Lars Granström’s haiku, read in Japanese by Haruko Sunaga and set to music by Vilhelm Backman against a vivid visual background by Konstantin Smirnov, is one of the most unusual pieces ever offered during HaikuLife.
Alan Summers is featured in this TED talk filmed in 2015 in Bradford-on-Avon.
Genie Nakano offers one of her unique haiku performances of her own poems and stories, filmed in 2015..
Maya Lyubenova presents a series of haiga setting her own poems concerned with the themes of ice and light, filmed in 2016.
Maya Lyubenova presents a series of haiga setting her own poems combined with photos of ice crystals, filmed in 2016.
Genie Nakano offers one of her unique haiku performances of her own poems and stories, filmed in 2015.
Brian Kirk explores the environs of the Red Line subway route in Dublin through haiku and image, filmed in 2015.
Students at The Tokyo University of the Arts produced this oddly compelling short animated film imagining the creative process of the alcoholic hermit poet Santoka. Filmed in 2007.
Maya Lyubenova presents a series of haiga evoking the classic Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, filmed in 2016.
Ron C. Moss offers a new video haiga featuring formations in his native Tasmania, filmed in 2015.
Jim Kacian walks through a new video haiga, filmed in 2015.
Brett Brady offers a new video haiga featuring sumi-e by Ria Razzauti and music by Michael Hoppe, filmed in 2016..
Dietmar Tauchner offers a new video haiga as a paean to his native Austria, filmed in 2016.
Ron C. Moss offers a new video haiga as an encomium to his native Tasmania, filmed in winter 2015.
Dietmar Tauchner offers a new video haiga of one of his favorite occupations, filmed in 2016.
Jim Kacian takes the Rorschach Inkblot Test, and makes his interpretations public by setting some of his recent poems to the famous test cards, accompanied by music of Eric Satie. Filmed in 2016.
The Feature Film this year is a reminiscence of life during World War II for a nisei family, and how haiku helped them get through the hard times. Filmed in 2006.