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Now Available: Lynne Sachs’s Swerve

Posted August 11th, 2022 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, News / Events

Now available from Canyon Cinema: Swerve, a new film by Lynne Sachs featuring poetry by Paolo Javier. As Herbert Gambill writes for Mystery Catalogue, “Swerve is a cinematic meditation on postmodern/avant-garde/post-colonial poetry construction in general and specifically it’s a terrific incitement to read Javier’s book and seek out more of Sachs’s fascinating body of work.” 

Swerve (Lynne Sachs, 2022, 8 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

A market and playground in Queens, New York, a borough of New York City, become the site for the shooting of a film inspired by Paolo Javier’s Original Brown Boy poems. Wearing the tell-tale masks of our daunting now, five New York City performers search for a meal while speaking in verse. The film itself transforms into an ars poetica/ cinematica, a meditation on writing and making images in the liminal space between a global pandemic and what might come next.

Performers: Emmy Catedral, ray ferriera, Paolo Javier, Jeff Preiss, Inney Prakash, and Juliana Sass

Director: Lynne Sachs
Poems: Paolo Javier
Cinematographer: Sean Hanley
Sound Recordist: Mark Maloof
Editor: Rebecca Shapass
Sound Mixer: Kevin T. Allen
Productions Assistants: Priyanka Das, Conor Williams