POETRY FILMS: "On Lockdown"


When the Center for the Art of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School came calling during Covid-19, Todd's film company became an "essential service" in their eyes.


The first film in a planned series involving many more upcoming poets and filmmakers, Calum Macdiarmid's adaptation of Todd's poem, "On Lockdown," is viewable here. The series is guest produced by Roxanne Artesona. It has been broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television's Hippocrates Cafe, a wellness-themed arts program hosted by Dr. Jon Hallberg.

The series is themed to support caregivers and encourage a plagued world. The next film in the series is Tamika Miller's adaptation of Marge Piercy's timeless modern classic, "To Be of Use."


Motionpoems welcomes other co-production partners, in any industry, to tap the power of poetry and film to engage audiences and constituents on relevant, timely social issues. Co-producing with Motionpoems demonstrates a level of intellectual sophistication and creative credibility that elevates brands and electrifies communities.



I have a mandate to integrate the arts into clinical or self-care practice

to deepen empathy, encourage curiosity, promote creative thinking,

and embody the joy of practice. I can think of no better partner than Motionpoems.

 Dr. Jon Hallberg, Director, Center for the Art of Medicine



There's poetry for any theme, and Motionpoems's worldwide network of filmmakers is standing by to recharge campaigns, conferences, and communications. Whatever the goal—laughter, healing, instruction, empathy, appreciation—Motionpoems is here. Contact Motionpoems for a conversation about what's possible.

Was it odd to have a doctor calling ME during a pandemic? Yeah. But it stands to reason. Too often in a culture that overvalues economics, poetry is seen as ancillary to the human enterprise, but when the chips are down, we remember that we're more than cogs in the wheels of commerce, ("You don't need numbers, you need passion," said Baldwin) we're the stuff of poetry and music and wonder and dreams.


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