The Legacy – A Poem by Julie McCurdy

Recently, the editor of Portland’s Street Roots newspaper, Israel Bayer, introduced me to street poet Julie McCurdy. We decided to collaborate, combining her words with my videography to visually illustrate McCurdy’s poem about her experience with domestic violence. As part of my technical skills class at University of Oregon, my professors challenged me to use video, including experimentation with slow motion, to complete this project. I filmed with the FS700 slow motion camera, as well as a Nikon D800 and D5200. I hope to do more of this work in the future.

Every woman in this video is now or has been unhoused. Each one of them is intent on creating solutions for the next woman.

McCurdy is one of many poets recently published in the book I Am Not a Poet, a collection of Street Roots poetry. Read more about it here:
http://streetroots.org/iamnotapoet

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