Carmen Tafolla’s run as San Antonio’s Poet Laureate is coming to an end soon, and she's being honored by the city in an unusual way. Seven San Antonio filmmakers were selected to create short films based on seven of Tafolla's poems.
“We feel that this is a great opportunity to combine poetry and film in a new manner,” said the city's Special Projects Manager Sebastian Guajardo.
“I was surprised and I was fascinated by the artistic interpretation, because some brought a whole new vulnerability to the poem" Tafolla herself said. "There were a couple of pieces that really surprised me, and delighted me. There were a couple that departed somewhat from the original ambience of the original poem. I was happy to see the actors take it in their own direction."
Guajardo has seen the films, and one in particular stuck with him.
"The first film I saw was the one that is going to be the finale, and literally tears were coming down my face."
The seven films will be screened 6:30 Friday evening at Say Sí on South Alamo. The films run in the three to six-minute range, and the event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.
Guajardo reminded me that San Antonio was the first city in Texas to establish a Poet Laureate, back in 2012. And, at the end of this month, Ms. Tafolla’s two year term comes to an end. The new Poet Laureate will be announced on April 1.
I asked Ms. Tafolla if she had any advice to San Antonio’s next Poet Laureate.
“Hold on to your hat, it’s gonna be a wild ride," she laughed.
We’ll have more with Ms. Tafolla’s last Poet Laureate performance later in the month.