A 24-minute documentary film project about Edgar Allan Poe's life in and influence upon Richmond, Virginia; supplemental Poe-inspired animations and an experimental dance piece played at select screenings
Though Edgar Allan Poe lived in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York during various times in his life, he identified himself foremost as 'a Virginian.' In the words of the Richmond Edgar Allan Poe Museum's essay, 'Poe in Richmond,' 'It was in Richmond that Poe grew up, married, and first gained a national literary reputation.' Yet most literature and films concerning Poe uphold Baltimore as his 'true' home city, often paying little (or no) homage to Richmond. 'The Persistence of Poe' documents what Poe accomplished during his time in the city and how his presence is still felt by Richmond's modern creative class.
- Co-writers/directors Christine Stoddard & David Fuchs