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PEN Festival Book Trailer Tips

Last night at the Rattapallax/PEN World Voices Literary Film Feast, GalleyCat went searching for advice about book trailers. Hundreds of authors have tried to build videos, but the festival showcased the work of the world’s leading literary filmmakers.

GalleyCat interviewed Ram Devineni, publisher of Rattapallax and film curator for the PEN World Voices Festival. We also spoke with literary filmmaker D J Kadagian about his short poetry films, Rant and Rave–a seamless blend of classic poems and found images.

Here’s more about Kadagian’s work: Each of our 15 poems has been crafted into a short film with its own unique image set and soundtrack … you will find yourself on the front seat of the Cyclone in 1940′s Coney Island, scrambling for cover in present day Iraq or on the Space Shuttle looking back at earth. Maybe you’d prefer hanging out in a smoky Tango bar in 1922 Argentina, participating in a Union strike during the Great Depression, wandering the desert in Israel looking for meaning or dancing with a tribe of American Indians in 1895.”

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