South County is a short film made in collaboration with Motionpoems, a nonprofit arts organization pairing poets and filmmakers. Each year, Motionpoems focuses on a different theme for its poets and filmmakers to address. This year’s theme, the Futurity of the Earth, places Earth center stage. While natural disasters, pollution, changes to environmental law, and climate change are all of critical importance, we were invited to consider: What is going right? What are the bright spots?
We interpreted Meghann Plunkett’s South County as finding the courage and hope to persevere in the wake of one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes to hit the coast of the Northeastern United States.
Through experimentation of various mediums, we translated the poem into color and movement, then captured on camera.
Director: Kenneth Kegley
Creative Director: Rachel Ma
Art Directors: Rachel Brickel, Eunha Choi
Videographer: Rachel Brickel
Colorist & VFX: JD Burditt
Editor: Nathaniel Park
Music & Sound: Zelig Sound
Narrator: Morgana Hasil
Executive Producers: Todd Boss, Egg Creative, Cori Cooperider
Communications Director: Saara Myrene Raappana
Communications Associate: Su Hwang
"South County," a poem by Meghann Plunkett. © 2018 Meghann Plunkett. Used with permission.
Motionpoems are made possible, in part, by funding from The McKnight Foundation, The Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts