Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State Street. Since 1994, Haydn Reiss has been making a series of documentaries on poets. These include William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship and the award-winning Rumi: Poet of the Heart. Reiss’ film, Every War Has Two Losers, was a winner at the 2011 Canadian International Film Festival and an official selection of the 2011 United National Film Festival. His films have aired on PBS and in festivals around the world. In a previous life he worked as the director’s assistant on the psychological thriller Jacob’s Ladder and on Oliver Stone’s JFK. He is currently completing Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy.
William Stafford spent four years during World War II in public service camps as a conscientious objector and started a daily journal that was continued throughout his life. Reiss’ film, based on these journals, confronts collective beliefs surrounding war: Why do we believe war is inevitable? Why do we believe it is necessary? Joining Stafford (as voiced by Peter Coyote) are noted activists and literary voices Alice Walker, W.S. Merwin, Maxine Hong Kingston, and others. Together they embark on a search for a wiser and less violent world.