in/word/out (PBS)

Released: 04/17/1992

in/word/out (PBS)

Describing poetry is equivalent to describing a sunset: no matter how eloquent the verbiage can be, the magic of the experience itself is inevitably absent from the description. However, Paul Lamont and Robert Borgatti’s award-winning documentary “in/word/out” circumvents the challenge of describing poetry by opening their camera to a group of wonderfully refreshing and candid poets including some who rarely take themselves and their art seriously. Film Threat calls in/word/out “one of the most delightful presentations of the poetic experience ever captured in a documentary.”  Featuring interviews with each poet and glimpses of their recitations, along with occasional vignettes which dramatize the poetry, in/word/out offers a human and often humorous journey into contemporary poetry. According to reviewer Phil Hall: “For anyone with a love of language, in/word/out is a joy to behold. Putting poetry into motion, let alone a motion picture, is quite a challenge and the film is a profoundly entertaining celebration of unique literary visions.”

Written, Produced and Directed by
Paul Lamont
Robert Borgatti

Cinematography
Robert Borgatti
Paul Lamont

Editors
Paul Lamont
Robert Borgatti

Original Music
Marc Perricelli
 

Awards:  Silver Plaque, Chicago Film Festival
               Telly Award