Sundance 2019 is basically here, right? With only a few more days to go before the party begins, we have a slate of outstanding movies, episodic shorts, web series, and documentaries to follow. The Daily Fandom will cover as many as they can, and the first in line is Quarter Life Poetry.
Created by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr., directed by the latter, and written and performed by the former. Executive producers that follow
The Book & The Director Of Quarter Life Poetry
Jayne is the writer and actress of Quarter Life Poetry. The book is titled Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke & Hangry (it sold out around the world!) Through her work, she hopes to connect with others and create dialogue around the silent struggles of anxiety. Perez Jr., however, is a film and music-video director. Perez Jr. was nominated as best director at the MTV VMAs in 2018 for Justin Timberlake’s music video for his single “Say Something.”
“Quarter Life Poetry On Friday Night”
To say Quarter Life Poetry is relatable is an understatement. Wholeheartedly, we felt this entire 28-minute episodic without skipping a beat. We didn’t expect it to be a slam poetry type episodic, but it works perfectly for the poetry or poetry-like lyrics that Jayne is discoursing throughout. In the nearly half hour you are watching, it slowly begins to get catchy. Production and directing are stellar, especially with the inclusion of the camera angles that move in between the settings.
From her room to the Lyft to the party — it’s seamless. The anxiety that was placed in the first half (6 minutes total) is something any adult has experienced. Being at a party that your friend texted you to go to and they aren’t there and seemingly left to go somewhere else. Trust me, I understand.
“Quarter Life Poetry On…”
Since Quarter Life Poetry is broken up into… well, quarter lives, you get different settings of anxiety in different poems or mini-episodes. Some are poems, but some are simply just shorts that are hilariously written about anxious moments. The one that calls close to home is the meditation/yoga episode, it’s such a hilarious moment but way too honest and real when you are trying to meditate and all of the anxious thoughts are coming forth until the very end.
There’s a stigma about mental health. But being aware of who you are and how you work on it is important. To have small episodes and poems about these very moments is important. To have a person who understands and can relate to the conversation we need to have about mental health is important. I cannot wait to see more of Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. at Sundance 2019. Quarter Life Poetry is a massive step in the right direction.
If you don’t know about Samantha Jayne’s Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke & Hangry from 2016, it is never too late to check it out. You can find it anywhere digitally and if you like this new series, you will love the poetry she creates.
It’s never too late to find great poetry to enjoy.
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