Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday and Sunday, January 7 & 8 as host Kim McMillon interviews poet Mary Jo Bang, and Sophoan Sorn, the producer of the 5th Annual San Joaquin International Film Festival.
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Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems: Apology for Want (1997) received the Bakeless Prize and the Great Lake Colleges New Writers Award; Louise in Love (2001) received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001) was chosen by Mark Strand in the University of Georgia Contemporary Poets Series competition; The Eye Like a Strange Balloon was published in 2005; Elegy (2007) was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent book of poems is The Bride of E (2009). Her work has been translated into Spanish (Elegia, Bartleby Editores, 2010) and German (Eskapaden: Ausgewählte Gedichte, Luxbooks, 2010). She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2012. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/mary-jo-bang
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Sophoan Sorn began the creation of the San Joaquin International Film Festival in 2007. SJIFF inaugurated on June 4, 2008 at the historic Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. His collaborative spirit, innovative leadership and steadfast advocacy began an unprecedented and growing film culture for the area. He founded the year-round San Joaquin Film Society in 2009, curating unique programs as the San Joaquin Children’s Film Festival, Cinema Italia and French Cinema Days; while building strong collaborations with many institutions across the area, such as University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, The Haggin Museum and Modesto’s State Theatre. He is currently the third-year Director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America’s largest focus program of recent films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Presented by the Germany’s official cultural center, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Berlin & Beyond has been held annually since 1996 at the legendary Castro Theatre. He is based in San Francisco, California, and annually attends the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
The San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF), the annual flagship festival of the San Joaquin Film Society is a special showcase of new, innovative, and award-winning works from emerging talents and master directors from around the World and America. The 5th Anniversary San Joaquin International Film Festival will take place January 12-14, 2012 at Stockton Empire Theatre and January 15th at the Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific. SJIFF will feature a bold collection of new films – along with directors in attendance and programs for all ages. http://sjiff.org/schedule.html