The Fantastic Flying Books App

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Back in January we posted William Joyce and Branden Oldenburg's animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessermore. Now there's an interactive app that appears to capture all the magic and fascination of that beautiful story "of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor."

Anna Blume

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Inspired by the poem "An Anna Blume," written in 1919 by German artist Kurt Schwitters, this short film by Vessela Dantcheva explores the ways in which "lust and ingestion, disguised in love, drive the two characters to an end where love turns to be a very lonesome and strange place."

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Orpheus

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This short film, starring Jason Goddard and directed by James Button, is an experimental take on the tale of Orpheus, the Greek poet who went to the underworld after the death of his wife Eurydice and secured her release from the dead, only to lose her because he failed to obey the condition that he must not look back at her until they had reached the world of the living.

Poets of Protest

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Manal Al Sheikh says it is dangerous for her to be a writer in her hometown of Nineveh, Iraq, so the exiled poet tries to inspire her readers online from Stavanger, Norway. This short film, directed by Roxana Vilk and aired on Al Jazeera English, explores the Middle East through its contemporary poets as they struggle to lead, to interpret, and to inspire.

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The Last Bookshop

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What would a world without books look like? Written and codirected by Richard Dadd along with Dan Fryer, The Last Bookshop was shot in bookstores around London and Kent. "We love bookshops," the filmmakers write. "But we saw that many are going through tough times. We wanted to contribute to the cultural debate with our own celebration in support of these glorious independents and their shelves of treasures."

Phil Kaye

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"My mother taught me this trick. If you repeat something over and over again it loses its meaning." In this short film, poet Phil Kaye performs his poem "Repetition," a personal piece about his struggles as a child dealing with his parents' divorce (including developing a stutter) and the power of words.

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The Body Is an Imposter

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"What are the terms of understanding that we come to?" Ruth Ellen Kocher reads a poem about the loss of her mother in this short film. Kocher, the author of six poetry collections, including Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), is featured in "The Moment of Truth: Eleven Authors Share Stories of Life-Changing Retreats" in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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