"George, I admire your work and want to bring larger attention to it." - Kevin Stein, Poet Laureate of Illinois
"Your second life gallery is one of the most unique presentations of art I've seen in a while."
-Robert Berry, Curator Ico Gallery, New York City
Wow! The videos are GREAT! I'm amazed at your turn around time on this. Thank you so much!!
-Jessica Brown, Event Organizer, Expo for Independent Arts 2009
"I really appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of Visual Aid and your support of many others in the community." -Julie Blankenship, nonprofit Director
"George Aguilar’s Second Life pursuits, challenge our precepts of how films may be created in the future." -Glendale Daily Planet
"George Aguilar’s DIARY OF NICLAS GHEILER was one of the best films of 2008" -Berkeley Daily Planet
"You have provided many struggling artists a magnificent service and opportunity for art, that would otherwise have gone relatively unnoticed." -Rebecca Woolis, Berkeley Creative Living Center
"I have been browsing your movies and am enjoying them. I am very impressed." -Henry Lowood, Curator of History of Science & Technology, Stanford.
Agitated Beauty is so gorgeous that I never tire of watching it. Really
stunning. Did I tell you I screened this at the Pompidou? Very well received.
The French really dug your piece.
An "Uncommon Ghost" is a Dreamworks quality work. -Eveo.com
|About Warriors of Aliventess
"Wow, this is amazing work, the detail is so rich. You have such a talent for writing script and storyboarding. I'm going to integrate this somewhere in my teaching."
-Lisa Dawley, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Dept. of Educational Technology,Boise State University, Chair, ARVEL SIG, Co-Chair, Mobile Learning SIG
"Wow!!! Such an incredible range—of stunning images, of imaginative perspectives, of very serious drama and offbeat humor." -Adam Shames, CEO, The Kreativity Network: www.kreativity.net, Helping organizations build cultures of innovation and collaboration
I showed 'Warriors" to a number of students in my office and they were stunned by it:"
Martina Pfeiler, Ph.D., University of Dortmund, Germany--American Studies Department
"Beautifully done Cecil" -Jay Jay Jegathesan, School Manager, UWA Festval Producer, School of Physics, The University of Western Australia
"The imagination and the professionalism shows. Good to see the return of the diagetic.
-Sally Caves , Professor of English, University of Rochester
"To My Beloved" is an outstanding machinima. All aspects (light, camera angles, costumes, story, etc) worked together to create a piece of art. -Pia Klaar,Teacher Aug. 17,2009, Machinima Award 2009
"Dear Mr. Aguilar,
Thank you for the lovely Jack Davis tribute. I had been a fan of his since the early SCR days but lost track of him. I was in San Francisco doing 'Phantom' back in the 90s and I was over at SOMA several times, not realizing that Jack was there. Thanks again...wonderful work."
-Richard Gould, Actor
|GEORGE AGUILAR AND CIN(E)-POETRY
George, The panel found your work to be of significant value and merit. -Richard Long, President, 49th Annual Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Just a note to let you know that the show last
night went very well. Your three cin(e)-poems were last and received rave
reviews. "Blackbirds" is very, very beautiful! Thank you for honoring my words
in such a sensitive way! I will treasure these Cin(E)-Poems. Such beautiful,
beautiful works of art!
Agitated Beauty is so gorgeous that I never tire
of watching it. Really stunning. Did I tell you I screened this at the Pompidou?
Very well received. The French really dug your piece.
An "Uncommon Ghost" is a Dreamworks quality work. -Eveo.com
Hi! Tuesday night I saw several poetry films
here in Seattle. I was absolutely awe-struck. I've been a writer of
poetry for about 7 years, have never been a fan of the "slam" or
other alternative poetic media, and was skeptical of this. However, after
Tuesday I'm very excited about this genre and I commend the innovation
of the project, as well as your efforts and the efforts of others to expand
I'm amazed at what you've done to promote literary
awareness. Poetry is so subtle and delicate in its impact on the soul
that the loud noises of our society can overwhelm its delicate appeal. It's
nice to know that those aware of poetry's power to inspire are actively promoting
Dear George, It was wonderful meeting you and
seeing your examples of Cin(e)poems... for your presentation at Intermedia
Arts... it was clear that those who were in attendance enjoyed it. And my
students at Hamline University were excited by this art form they'd never
Hello George- A little over a year ago you came
to Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN and gave a presentation to a small crowd
of interested individuals, myself included. I loved your work, and shortly
thereafter, I purchased equipment and began making my own poetry-based films.
Thank you for your time, again. -Robert S. Jersak
I am currently an MA student at the University of Sheffield. I found your
website and am interested in your catalog of film-poems and cinepoems.Right
now i am finishing up a dissertation on film-poems.Any resources you can
let me know about would of course be helpful. I am planning on continuing
my research with film and poetry towards an MPhil/PhD.
Hi George Thank you so much for your letter of support and the amazing collection of your CinePoetry. Sometimes I think that a multimedia approach( computer art, photography, combined with live action) is the best way to go when expressing modern poetry..At any rate , it really works in your pieces.Choosing the appropriate visual style is, I think, as important as the selection of images.Bravo! You have mastered the technology and that allows you the flexibility to make the right choices.( I particularly liked Portrait on Watercolour , The Goddess of Technology and Blackbirds.) I am proud that you have endorsed my work even more so after viewing this tape. All the best, -Elizabeth Lewis
To finish up, I have used
your site as a demo site to show my 7th grade students to get
inspiration. The students are very video and computer savvy and thus I
hope that skill translates into some good projects. We are just in
the beginning stages of the videopoem but my goal is it will enhance their
poetry learning far more than just reading and writing poetry.
teaching a class on some of your Cin(E-)poems on Tuesday at 2 pm and a student
of mine, Julian, just contacted me if I had the written version of "An
Uncommon Ghost" to be able to follow what Yorik is saying. In case you have
time, could please send me the text so I can share it with the students? Thanks!
Dear George, On behalf of the students and faculty at Hamline University,
I want to thank you for making our Introduction to Poetry and Creative
Writing classes stops on your Mother Earth Cin(E)-Poetry Tour 2001. Without
question, your presentations made an impact. Many students later commented
to me about what they had seen and learned in both classes. The poems you
shared and the words you said opened doors for them that they may not even
know existed. And while some students may have known that "video poetry"
was around, they were not aware of how much had been done and what could
be done with the form. You provided both a helpful history of the genre
and the means for students to appreciate the art of the Cin(E)-poem. Besides
the immediate effect of showing students ways to experience poetry beyond
reading and attending readings, I suspect that a couple of the students
who saw your work will be inspired to pick up cameras themselves. Thanks
again, George, for sharing your extensive Cin(E)-poetry collection, your
excellent Cin(E)-poems, and your remarkable expertise. We are thankful
to have been part of the world tour. Best wishes as the tour continues.
found your videos very moving and expressive.
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