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Pre-Occupied

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Published on Mar 29, 2013

Synopsis of “Pre-Occupied”-Heid E. Erdrich, Producer and Co-Director; R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Co-Director; Jonathan Thunder, Art Director and Animator. Written by Heid E. Erdrich.

“Pre-Occupied” is a new and experimental form, the poem-film. Originally written for the website 99 Poems for the 99%, poet Heid E. Erdrich created a visual landscape of associations and references that match the tremendous irony of how the word “occupy” can be meant. The film version of this poem is a collaborative collage that means to reveal the distracted human mind at a particular point in history. Released in early 2013, the film inadvertently anticipating the Idle No More Movement.

Additional visual art by Carolyn Lee Anderson, Andrea Carlson, and Angie Erdrich.

Art Direction, Animation and Effects by

Jonathan Thunder


Co-Directed by

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr.


Co-Directed & Written by

Heid E. Erdrich




Audio Engineer

Gabriel Siert




Heid E. Erdrich is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an individual artist grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This activity is funded, in part,

by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota

State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote

of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Miigwech to visual artists whose work appears here:

Carolyn Lee Anderson

Andrea Carlson

Angela Erdrich

Other images and audio in this production are strictly for educational use, as critical commentary, and will not financially benefit any party.

Brief audio and video clips from: The Voice of Langston Hughes, Folkways Records;

Crash Test Dummies, "Superman Song", 1991; Max Fleischer, Electric Earthquake, 1942.

G'pkwenmaag Noongwa (Imagine)

Translated by Howard Kimewon and Dr. Margaret Noori, Sung by Margaret Noori

Photography: Rebecca McDonald, John Ratzloff, Missy Whiteman

Miigwech to Megan Kate Treinen

Sources sited in the poem:

U.S. Census 2010: quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

Indigenous Environmental Network: www.Ienearth.org/

Thanks to Dean Rader who first asked Heid E. Erdrich to create "A peom for the 99%"---the result was the hyperlinked poem "Pre-Occupied" which was originally

published in a written form at 99poemsfor99percent.blogspot.com

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