Welcome to HaikuLife 2020
The Haiku Foundation welcomes you to its sixth 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
Jim Kacian offers a treatment of the third section of his 2017 book of the same title in what we might call “extended haikulife style.”
Corine Timmer presents several poems in HaikuLife format in her new film cooing pigeons.
Many of the participants of Haiku North America 2019 read from their recent books. This lengthy film presents nearly all of them.
Haiku North America 2019 featured a New Resonance Haiku Community Reading, in honor of the release of the 11th volume in a series that began in 1999. All 185 New Resonance poets to date were represented, and those in attendance read their own work.
Elizabeth Crocket performs a reading from her 2016 chapbook not like Fred and Ginger.
Radu Serban performs a reading in Bucharest from his 2019 book Teme si Cryzanteme.
Terri L. French leads us on an informative and enjoyable guide to penning our final words in haiku.
Toni Piccini introduces grade-school children in Italy to the joys of haiku and haiga.
A series of Kala Ramesh’s haiku set to dance.
Victor Ortiz convenes 35 poets who offer their favorite haiku of solace for troubled times.
Professor Richard Gilbert gives an analysis of trends in contemporary haiku based on his most recent book, Poetry as Consciousness, at Haiku North American 2019.
Lee Gurga and Jim Kacian engage in a dialogue concerning where we go next as haiku poets once we have established ourselves within the genre. Filmed at Haiku North American 2019.
Scott Mason explores the life and haiku career of one of the great haiku poets of our time, Peggy Willis Lyles. Filmed at Haiku North American 2019.
Dave Bonta pieces 30 of his short video haiga into a single film, on a wide range of topics.
Stella Pierides offers what has become a specialty of hers, a video haiga montage featuring haibun. Animation by Rob Ward.
Debbie Strange features several of her poems in this photo haiku sequence, created for HaikuLife 2020.
Ron C. Moss pairs his haiku with the stunning wilderness photographs of Martin Hawes in this photo haiku sequence.
Dave Bonta’s take on the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dave Bonta rambles across broken coastal landscapes in this video haiga which is also a plea for better ecological understanding and treatment.
Dave Bonta gives us a look at how his life has been altered by the current pandemic.
an’ya (poems and art) teams up with Richard St. Clair (music) for this video haiga sequence, produced by peter b. and created for HaikuLife 2020.