Smita James @ Lowlands

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This year is the 25th edition of the Dutch Lowlands Festival. Known for the great music, they serve your mind too since 2016 at the Helga stage. Literature at a festival?! Read my World makes it happen. On the first day of this three day festival hosts Read my World a preview of their festival coming October. The preview is an extension of their “Black USA” theme. Together with Nancy Jouwe, Babs Gons, Gery Mendes, Dean Bowen, Neusa Gomes, Onias Landveld and your girl Smita James presents Read my world “Katoen & Tabak”. A program to enlighten you about the history of Dutch slavery through monologues, spoken word en music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘The thing is’ nominated for a Shortcutz Amsterdam Film Award!

Yes, I did it again. I didn’t update you on time. So here I am, again, with awesome news!

On May 16th 2017 Shortcutz Amsterdam screened our short poetry film ‘The thing is’. The audience, film industry people and filmlovers, received our film highly enthusiastic. Dutch director Norbert ter Hall i.a. of the tv show Adam en E.v.a. complimented us on our camera choices, concept and the message we deliver. You see Amsterdam as it is beholding the powerful message to support humanity. And yes we still need to hear the little things to keep each other accountable for the condition of our society.

That being said we are now in the run for the Shortcutz favorite movie. A jury of  11 renowned professionals will decide who the winner will be of the May edition. If so we will be in the running for an award. The winners of the month are automatically nominated for Best Film and Audience Award in the gala in January at EYE. But, all the movies in the official selection can be nominated for any of these categories: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animation, Best Experimental, and Best Documentary. These nominations will be announced in December.

Sooo, we need you to cross your fingers to make ‘The thing is’ the winner of the month! We’ll get back to you with the results after tonight. We are so excited!

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Unward we go!

The busy weeks prior to the ADE showcase are over and yes we had a mega blast! Poetronic is a fact. As Ci Seryne and I have set the tone we can’t wait to let you experience more of us. You can follow our journey if you link up at www.facebook.com/thatspoetronic.

Tic tac I won’t stop! I have joint ventures with Studio West, whoop whoop! As of this month I will be hosting their first spoken word course.
For six whole weeks you and I can be talking and writing poetry before we (read: you) hit the stage. Click here to register and I hope to see you in class.

Last but not least I realized I haven’t updated you about Talentlab! Two months ago I got involved in this project by Bijlmerpark theater. Coached by poet Babs Gons I have worked on a choreopoem together with 5 other poets. Visitors of Afrovibes were the first to have a peek at this collaboration. Dutch writer Christine Otten (known for her book about The Last Poets) had invited us to perform at her “We hadden liefde, We hadden wapens” book release. On the 10th of November we will be performing our choreopoem at request of I speak, a poetry event hosted by poet Gershwin Bonevacia.

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OCTOBERRRRRRRR!

The wait is over. Summer is slowly cooling down. Soft breezes of fall are coming through. People are getting ready for the 21st edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event as Ci Seryne and I are  getting ready to serve you.

October 20th we will showcase a special set of Poetronic. An introduction of what we’ve been about. Get yourself ready for a Smita James en Ci Seryne collabo..bo..bo..booo!

Meet us, Josh Dupree, SpaceAgePoetry and De Nachtdienst aka the hottest boys in town during Radiator ADE at Radion Amsterdam for music and spoken word. You will be guided by the flyest chick in town miss JNM the Naked MC.

We are ready to viiiiibe! I really think you should come to have a taste of us.

 

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It’s been a while!

I know, I know I’ve been silent for too long here. Silent though, never not busy.
‘The thing is’ is going places! Several events were happy to screen our short poetry film.
We kicked it off at the  Bliss Film Festival. It was SO awesome to see the film on a big screen. Ofcourse after Bliss we wanted more!

 

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Our mini documentary travelled from a private screening of the project Veilige Haven to the Urban Rainbow festival in the Bijlmerparktheater, the COC’s Shakespeare Club at the Amsterdam Museum to the  Metro Movies Film Festival. Up next ‘The thing is’ will be screened at the International Queeer & Migrant Film Festival. Make sure to come along if you haven’t seen it yet. And after that? Who knows! World you ready?