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Lights, camera, action! SPD is heading to the movies and we'll provide the discount if you pay for the popcorn. Save 35% on a curated list of film-related titles by some superstars of cinema. Below you'll find film-related books that touch on just about everything in cinema. Maybe they'll inspire you to write your own film, or maybe they'll leave you crying at their close. Either way, these titles are matinee priced to MOVE so get 'em while you can.

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Devotional Cinema
Nathaniel Dorsky
Tuumba Press


Literary Nonfiction. Cinema Studies.Revised 3rd Edition. This new edition includes additions and changes related to the author's understanding of Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc as well as other smaller clarifications. Dorsky has been making and exhibiting films within the avant-garde tradition since 1964.

For film to have a devotional quality both absolute and relative time must be active and present—not only present but functioning simultaneously and invigorating one another. Transformative film rests in the present and respects the delicate details of its own unfolding.



Year By Year Poems
Lynne Sachs
Tender Buttons Press

Poetry. Film. When filmmaker Lynne Sachs turned fifty, she dedicated herself to writing a poem for every year of her life, so far. Each of the fifty poems investigates the relationship between a singular event in Sachs' life and the swirl of events beyond her domestic universe. Published by Tender Buttons Press, YEAR BY YEAR POEMS juxtaposes Sachs' finished poems, which move from her birth in 1961 to her half-century marker in 2011, with her original handwritten first drafts. In this way, she reveals her process of navigating within and alongside historical events such as the Moon Landing, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., streaking, the Anita Hill hearings, the Columbine shootings, and controversies around universal health care. In YEAR BY YEAR POEMS, Lynne Sachs realizes the long anticipated leap from her extraordinary career in filmmaking to this, her first book of poems. With an introduction by Paolo Javier, former Queens poet laureate and author of the book Court of the Dragon.

"The whole arc of a life is sketched movingly in this singular collection. These poems have both delicacy and grit. With the sensitive eye for details that she has long brought to her films, Lynne Sachs shares, this time on the page, her uncanny observations of moments on the fly, filled with longings, misses, joys and mysterious glimpses of a pattern of meaning underneath it all."—Phillip Lopate

"The highly acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Sachs is also a captivating and surprising poet. YEAR BY YEAR distills five decades into lyric, a lustrous tapestry woven of memory, wisdom, cultural apprehension and the delicate specificities of lived life."—Claire Messud

"In YEAR BY YEAR, Lynne Sachs selects and distills from larger fields of notation, acute scenes representing her life and the world she was born into. Her measured, spare account brings her to an understanding and acceptance of the terrible and beautiful fact that history both moves us and moves through us, and, more significantly, how by contending with its uncompromising force, we define an ethics that guides our fate."—Michael Collier

Co Hoedeman
At Bay Press

Living through the Nazi occupation of Holland and arriving in Montreal with little more than a film reel under his arm, Co Hoedeman had a dream to work for the National Film Board of Canada's renowned animation unit. It was there where he became part of the vanguard in Quebec animation, launching a distinguished career combining animated film, writing and directing.

Shortly after joining the National Film Board, he began to make film history with his innovative techniques and his films based on Inuit legends. Working in collaboration with Inuit artists from Nunavut and Nunavik, his respect for the Inuit iconography, language and music manifested in a rare anthropological poetry and began his continuing involvement in the culture and concerns of the peoples of the North. The director of more than 27 acclaimed NFB films, he is recognized worldwide as a master of stop-motion animated films.

In his lifetime, Co Hoedeman has accomplished his dreams, despite the agonies of a World War, the trials of immigration, and the barriers of starting a new life as a stranger in a strange land. FRAME BY FRAME presents that life and journey.


Gregory Robinson
Rose Metal Press

Poetry. Art. Film. Anyone who watches silent movies will notice how often crashes occur-trains, cars, and people constantly collide and drama or comedy ensues. Gregory Robinson's ALL MOVIES LOVE THE MOON is also a collision, a theater where prose, poetry, images, and history meet in an orchestrated accident. The result is a film textbook gone awry, a collection of linked prose poems and images tracing silent cinema's relationship with words—the bygone age of title cards. The reel begins with early experiments in storytelling, such as Méliès' A Trip to the Moon and Edison's The European Rest Cure, and ends with the full-length features that contested the transition to talkies. Of course, anyone seeking an accurate account of silent movies will not find it here. Through Robinson's captivating anecdotes, imaginings, and original artwork, the beauty of silent movies persists and expands. Like the lovely grainy films of the 1910s and 20s, ALL MOVIES LOVE THE MOON uses forgotten stills, projected text, and hazy frames to bring an old era into new focus. Here, movies that are lost or fading serve as points of origin, places to begin.


Les Figues Press

Poetry. In FILM POEMS, readers find themselves with author Redell Olsen on the cutting-room floor of discourse, weaving together a manifesto of conceptual poetry that demonstrates the skipping and scratch of language. Just as really "seeing" a film is to experience our own vision—the technology that is always mediating our sight—really "reading" (a particular form of seeing) is to experience our own language as a constantly shifting medium; meanings emerge through ceaseless splicings and cuts. FILM POEMS brings together Olsen's "Film Poem" works written for performance and installation in relation to films made and appropriated by her between 2007-2011. The five sequences splice together a range of contextual references from London landmarks, lace manufacturing, synchronized swimming, and the history of camouflage. Words unfold on the page as a film unspools from a reel, with particular attention paid to etymologies and polyvalences, to the process and performance of meaning-making and its relationship to physical manufacturing. "Words are the film between what is said and seen," writes Olsen, "and also the means of writing that something burning in the projector called language."


Huh Moonyung
Seoul Selection

Film Studies. Northeast Asia Studies. When Hong Sang-soo's debut work, The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, was released in May 1996, the nation's film critics were thrown into shock. The cinematic language in the film was unprecedented in Korean film history. Since then, Hong has continued to show his own distinctive style with near perfection in his following works. This book, written by Huh Moonyung, one of the most distinguished film critic in Korea, is intended to help readers to better understand the cinematic world of Hong Sang-soo. The book also includes the analyses of prominent film critic David Bordwell and renowned French film director Claire Denis.


Richard Kostelanetz
Autonomedia

Cultural Writing. Film Studies. Having already published collections of critical essays on fiction, poetry, performance, politics and visual art, Richard Kostelanetz for the first time selects here from his writings on film and video. As in earlier volumes, these essays emphasize the primacy of possibilities intrinsic in each medium. Always representing radical alternatives, he writes with uncommon perception not only about familiar issues but about films customarily forgotten, and always with his customary clarity. Also included are prefaces and transcripts from his own films and videos.


Poetry. Drama. Film. Translated by Nathanaël. IN THE ENVIRONS OF A FILM collects together three previously untranslated works by Danielle Collobert, the author of MURDER and IT THEN. The works here, selected by the translator, see slowly, are scorings of scattered voices, and take the form of a scenario—"Research"—a radio play—"Polyphony"—and a poem—"That of Words."

"Danielle Collobert was one of the strongest, yet also one of the most subtle*#8212;and the most marginalized—poetic voices to emerge from post-WW2 France."—Cole Swensen



Stephen Lee Naish
New Star Books

Literary Nonfiction. Film. "We've met before, haven't we?" The grand illusion of our era is that we're at the end of history and cinema is now no more than tranquilizing entertainment. What we've lost sight of is the political undercurrent running through movies and their potentially redemptive power, whether they're Hollywood mega blockbusters like Star Wars or off-kilter indies and art films like Blue Velvet. This is the premise and the challenge of the wide-ranging essays that make up SCREEN CAPTURES, in which Dennis Hopper, Nicholas Cage, Valerie Solanas, and even Donald Trump all have a starring role. The book tells, as much as it shows, what lies just out of frame: the impacts of COVID on theatres, the class war of the 1% upon the rest, the climate crisis, the ongoing Disney-fication of franchises, and the audience's active participation in the rewriting and reproduction of their capture by screens. Throughout, subliminally, Stephen Lee Naish rings his urgent call: occupy the screen!



Poetry. "'How can we know the dancer from the dance?' W. B. Yeats famously asks in 'Among School Children.' Jeffery Conway's cornucopia of poetic DVD commentary encircles that unanswerable question. Calling to the stage the gold-glittered divas of Showgirls, Conway uses the sestina's circular dance to celebrate each frame of cinema's campiest of stripper films."—Daniel Nester

"It has been far too long since a collection of poems summoned us to a world of performers and voyeurs, catfights and choreography, lip gloss and lap dances. In fact, this has never been done before, and Jeffery Conway's SHOWGIRLS: THE MOVIE IN SESTINAS digs deeper than any collection in recent memory. Conway proves that the sestina form is more than a card trick, but rather a mechanism for uncovering hidden commentaries on the human condition, its soundtrack unfurling layers of film direction, cultural criticism, and pure emotion. Drop your inhibitions at the doorway of this book, and let it rock you."—Mary Biddinger


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