Tova Beck-Friedman and Susan Rich Interview: Pregnant with the Dead
You may remember the cine-poem that award winning filmmaker, Tova Beck-Friedman and I collaborated on at the beginning of 2020. I did the voiceover of my poem, Pregnant with the Dead," here in Seattle at the amazing Jack Straw Productions the first week of January. This was my first experience being in a film. Well, my voice was there! And what a lovely way to begin an unlovely year.
Since then, the poem and the film have taken on a life of their own. Less than a week before we were supposed to be featured in the Visible Voices Poetry Festival we were unceremoniously booted from the line-up with no explanation. If you want the history of that debacle, check out the article in the Seattle Review of Books which provides an excellent summary of its twists and turns.
Since April, our film has traveled to / will travel into many different film festivals including, most recently, the International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia (Germany) and the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles for June 2021. One of the things I love most about being a poet is never knowing where my words might land. For my poem, "Pregnant with the Dead," the landings have alchemized into celluloid.
I couldn't be happier. To read the poem with line breaks and stanzas (!) go to the notes section of the film which you can access here.