A Late Style of Fire

larry levis, american poet

kevin gallagherdirector of photography - Kevin Gallagher is an award-winning cinematographer. In 2005, Gallagher hiked the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail over six months. Every 24 hours, he stopped to take pictures of his journey, and then compiled those pictures into a five-minute film called The Green Tunnel that received a Vimeo Staff Pick Award. In 2011, the video went viral on websites such as The Huffington Post, Wired, Boing Boing, Sierra Club, and others, and to date has received more than 250,000 views. The Green Tunnel is, in Gallagher’s words, “an effort to bridge the divide from a contemporary America’s pace and outlook to the natural world’s slow rhythms.” A lot of poetry aims to do the same thing, and more. What Gallagher brings to A Late Style of Fire is a deep sensitivity to the natural world. Though the subjects of the two films differ, Gallagher’s inclusion and portrayal of the external landscape is a way to move towards revealing the inner one, much like Levis did in his poems. Gallagher’s style and impulse intuitively echoes and reflects the same sensitivity Levis brought to his own work.  

gregory donovanPRODUCER - Gregory Donovan is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, April, 2015) and Calling His Children Home (University of Missouri Press), which won the Devins Award for Poetry. His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, 42opus, diode, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, and many other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (University of Virginia Press). Among other awards for his writing, he is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from New England Writers, as well as grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.Donovan is on the faculty of the graduate creative writing program of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has often served as its Director of Creative Writing, and he is Senior Editor for Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.

Michele poulos - DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER Michele Poulos is an award-winning screenwriter, poet, and filmmaker. She earned a BFA in film from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Arizona State University. While at NYU, she worked as an intern for Albert Maysles at his production company Maysles Films. Her original screenplay, Mule Bone Blues (about Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes [with consultations by Zora's niece, Lucy Ann Hurston]), won the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition and placed in the second round of the 2015 and 2017 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Competition and the second round of the 2010 Austin Screenplay Competition. Her first full-length poetry collection, Black Laurel, was published by Iris Press in 2016. She recently completed writing two romantic comedies: GIMME KEYS! (Traveling from dreamlike Serifos to her family’s remote mountain village, Dawn must choose between two men, old world and new) and B-MORE DREAM (In this offbeat romantic comedy set in Baltimore’s multi-cultural urban heartland, a quirky stand-up comic must decide whether she can forgive her brother’s past betrayals and embrace his growing family. On the way, she discovers even a Woman of Steel can make room for love)

crew Biographies

a feature documentary film

gloriana fonseca willseditor - Originally from Costa Rica, Central America, Gloriana Fonseca Wills began her career as a television producer, editor and director. After achieving her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Audiovisual Production, she worked in different television and video projects broadcasted in Costa Rica and the US. In 2009, she received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to the US to get her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University. Her thesis film Historias went on to participate in film festivals in New York, Houston, Chicago and California. 
Wills is currently living in Northern Virginia, working as a director, editor and first assistant director for documentary and feature films. 

IRON AND WINE - COMPOSERSinger/songwriter Samuel Beam, who rose to prominence with a blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk, chose the moniker Iron & Wine after coming across a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" while working on a film. Although Beam would later expand his sound to include electric instruments and rich, lush textures, he was firmly exploring the former style when several of his lo-fi recordings caught the ear of Jonathan Poneman, co-owner of Sub Pop Records, who released The Creek Drank the Cradle in 2002 .The similarly themed The Sea & the Rhythm EP followed in 2003. It was Beam's 2004 full-length, Our Endless Numbered Days, that signaled his arrival on the indie pop scene. Late 2004 found the newly marketable Iron & Wine popping up on television commercials and movie soundtracks (In Good Company, Garden State), culminating in a busy 2005 that saw Beam release two EPs, the lush Woman King and In the Reins, a collaboration with Arizona spaghetti Western aficionados Calexico. The politically charged Shepherd's Dog, Beam and company's most diverse — and most listenable — record to date, was released in 2007. A two-disc collection of B-sides, rarities, soundtrack inclusions, and discarded tracks from the Iron & Wine archives called Around the Well arrived in early 2009. Kiss Each Other Clean, Iron & Wine's first collection of new music in nearly three years and one that found Beam further expanding the group's sound, was released in January 2011 by their new label, Warner Bros. After a move to 4AD and Nonesuch, Iron & Wine released the more relaxed and intimate Ghost on Ghost in early 2013. The Brian Deck-produced album featured jazz drummer Brian Blade and bassist Tony Garnier of Bob Dylan's band, among others.