Off the grid for a while, finishing up my neo-benshi piece for the event below. If you’re in or around NYC on May 30, I hope you’ll come.
NEO-BENSHI BEAST UNLEASHED ON THE EAST!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 @ 8:00 pm
Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church (corner of 7th Ave. & 10th St.), New York
The Japanese term benshi means “film-teller,” and benshi narrators thrived in Japan and Korea in the silent era, describing, voicing, and even expanding the films for audiences. “Neo-Benshi” originated in the Bay Area poets avant-garde, and has become something of a sensation. This 2-hour program of ‘hit’ Neo-Benshi performances includes West Coast masters Roxanne Hamilton, Stephanie Young, Rodney Koeneke, and Mac MacGinnes, along with NYC's own Gary Sullivan, Nada Gordon, Elaine Equi, and Vincent Katz followed by a program of short films by Abigail Child, Brian Kim Stefans, Neo-Benshi co-creator Konrad Steiner, and Brandon Downing.