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Film Screening: “Angles of a Landscape”

Monday March 26, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Now widely assigned to the first rank of American poets, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was unknown and unpublished in her lifetime. The elegant Dickinson family Homestead on Main Street in Amherst, Massachusetts, the poet’s home for most of her life, has become a pilgrimage site. Each year thousands of people from around the world come to the Emily Dickinson Museum to learn more about this extraordinary woman, who created the great body of her work behind a closed door, at a small table, in the privacy of her upstairs bedroom.

Join co-producer/editor Ernest Urvator and screenwriter Terry Allen for a screening of:

  • The Poet in Her Bedroom (30-minutes long) which explores little-known aspects of Dickinson’s life and work, providing lovers of poetry with an inspired introduction to the work and world of one of the greatest of all English-language poets
  • My Business is to Sing (40 minutes long) which explores how the music of Emily Dickinson’s time gave life to her poetic voice. From early childhood, the poet played music or “moosic,” took piano and singing lessons, and later improvised her own “weird and beautiful melodies” to entertain her family and friends.

Both films are part of the trilogy television series Angles of a Landscape: Perspectives on Emily Dickinson.  Ernie and Terry will happily take questions about the writing and production of the film after the screening.

Ernie Urvater has specialized for years in transforming complex information into understandable and accessible television.  With a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in physics, Ernie took up television production and specialized in bridging the “two cultures” gap between science and the humanities.

Since then he has gone on to produce programs in science, medicine, art, music, education, economics, social science, and environmental pollution.  His Troubled Waters: Plastic in the Marine Environment won a Gold Medal for Best Environmental Program at the Canadian Waterwalker Film and Video Festival, and aired on PBS stations around the country.

Terry Y. Allen has been a writer and editor for over forty years.  She has worked at the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, McGraw Hill Book Company, Barre Publishers, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst College, and the Yiddish Book Center.  She was a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum for fifteen years, and wrote the script for The Poet in her Bedroom, the first program in the Angles of a Landscape documentary trilogy, based upon the life and work of Amherst’s great poet.  Terry lives in Amherst with her husband, filmmaker Ernie Urvater.

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