Bridging Art Forms and Generations

Film Poetry Project Launches, Telling Stories of Elder Poets

A new Kent State project, “For the Ages,” is bridging both art forms and generations:

  • The art of film with the art of poetry
  • The experiences and words of senior poets with the storytelling skills of young college students

Media and Journalism Assistant Professor Dana White conceived the film poetry project after becoming deeply troubled by society’s disregard for elders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, she sought to create a project that would bring honor, comfort and a voice to elder communities, partnering with the Wick Poetry Center and Judson Manor Senior Living Community in University Heights.

“For the Ages” will launch its work, holding a virtual screening event on April 29 at 4 p.m.

View the YouTube premiere link

The “For the Ages” Film Poetry Project is a series of experimental film poems. These films have been created by Kent State School of Media and Journalism digital media production students and are based on poems written by residents at Cleveland's Judson Manor Retirement Living community who participated in writing workshops facilitated by the Wick Poetry Center.

Learn more about the project

View a sample of some of the poems below:




POSTED: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 11:14am