MUSED + CIRCLE CINEMA
Circle Cinema is Tulsa’s oldest-standing movie theatre. Originally opened in 1928, this is the only operating nonprofit cinema in the area. But, they are so much more than your local cinema. They are celebrators of creativity, the arts and filmmakers from around the corner and the world.
MUSED. is aligning with their goal to educate, enlighten and entertain our guests 365 days a year through selected features and programs that expose and connect our community to global issues, environments and cultures.
Below are images, poems, and stories of our experiences at Circle Cinema in Tulsa. More events will be held as poetry related films are released.
Driver's performance as an uncertain man getting through the day-to-day prosaic, quietly buoyed by passion and artistic commitment, is exquisite.
The film PATERSON is a quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson (played by Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura.
MUSED and NIMROD INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL presented Paterson: Poems and Pour on February 10th, 2017. We celebrated the small details around the film: local authors performed pieces from William Carlos Williams's poem “Paterson;” we noticed the nuances of the historic Circle Cinema theater; and we tasted New Jersey-inspired cocktails.
As a special treat, Tulsa native Ron Padgett, who wrote the poems used in the film, recorded a special introduction to the film — only to be released to his Tulsa audience.
And because the careful observation of mundane objects and events is a basis for poetry, we (of course) wanted to hear what small details you find important. We gave you a notebook, a poetry prompt, and time to write your own poem before or after the film.
Thanks to Russell Maloy and John Williams of Premium Brands Wines and Spirits for the special juice.
Thanks to Nimrod Journal for your community of local authors.
Thanks to Circle Cinema and Charles Foxen for the encouraging prizes and for bringing such a intrinsic film to Tulsa.
Thanks to MUSED. Organization's board member, NIMROD Poetry Editor, and TU professor, Grant Matthew Jenkins, for schooling us on the characters and ideas that inspired the film.
A QUIET PASSION
“An absolute drop-dead masterwork."
-The New Yorker
"A Quiet Passion" is a biographical film about the life and work of iconic American poet Emily Dickinson (played by Cynthia Nixon), written and directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Terence Davies.
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.
MUSED. and Circle Cinema celebrated the connection between poetry and film with a pre-film reading of Emily Dickinson. Together we will celebrated the quiet art of poetry by one of the world's most beloved poets.
To familiarize you with her work, four authors/performers will read a series of quotations, poems, and selections from Ms. Dickinson's letters -- with spaces of quiet between each reading, to illustrate white space on a page.
Thanks to Russell Maloy and John Williams of Premium Brands Wines and Spirits for the inspirational sips.