“Ode To New York City”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo (2018)

“Ode To New York City” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo.

Directed & Edited by Alessio Cuomo

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

Cinematography by Rene Koster
Creative Director – Marco Barneveld
Narrated by Eric Forsythe
Music by Joe Kraemer
Portraits of Immigrants – New York Public Library
Additional Footage courtesy – McKittrick Hotel

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

 

“Travel magazine Wideoyster presents a poetry film about New York. Ode To New York by Walt Whitman. A poetry video we made for travel magazine WideOyster.
The poem Give Me The Splendid Silent Sun was published in 1865, but Whitmans sharp-witted observations of the city are, perhaps, even more relevant today than when the poem was written.

Walt loved New York. Even though at the time it was a tough city to live in. He felt energized instead of overwhelmed by its constant motion, heard music instead of madness, and saw humanity instead of strangeness in its crowds.”

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

“GIVE ME THE SPLENDID SILENT SUN” by Walt Whitman
GIVE me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-
dazzling;
Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the 
orchard;
Give me a field where the unmow’d grass grows;
Give me an arbor, give me the trellis’d grape;
Give me fresh corn and wheat—give me serene-moving 
animals, teaching content;
Give me nights perfectly quiet, as on high plateaus west 
of the Mississippi, and I looking up at the stars;
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers, 
where I can walk undisturb’d;
Give me for marriage a sweet-breath’d woman, of whom 
I should never tire;
Give me a perfect child—give me, away, aside from the 
noise of the world, a rural domestic life;
Give me to warble spontaneous songs, reliev’d, recluse 
by myself, for my own ears only;
Give me solitude—give me Nature—give me again, 
O Nature, your primal sanities!
—These, demanding to have them, (tired with ceaseless 
excitement, and rack’d by the war-strife;)
These to procure, incessantly asking, rising in cries from 
my heart,
While yet incessantly asking, still I adhere to my city;
Day upon day, and year upon year, O city, walking 
your streets,
Where you hold me enchain’d a certain time, refusing 
to give me up;
Yet giving to make me glutted, enrich’d of soul—you 
give me forever faces;

 

Article on film: http://www.wideoyster.nl/magazine3-eng/new-york-city/

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

Website: https://www.alessiocuomo.com/

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  1. Hallo, >>> The Morality of Owls is a short film based on a sculpture and was inspired by a poem of the same name by the Irish poet Rory Brennan. >>> The poem has a tongue in cheek aspect that I had not noticed on the first reading. It envisages the owl as the sage and wise bird in its historical context. >>> In fact wisdom and mystery are perceived as the very essence of its presence through the ages. It all started with Athena, who chose the owl to adorn her impressive friezes on the Acropolis >>> But in the end it is only a bird of course. >>> >>> I had a few ideas about how to visually adapt my sculpture to the poem, but in the end the film was born out of a sense of necessity, a strong feeling that the piece should be seen in the round. >>> After I had finished the sculpture I realized that you should be able to view the owl from all sides, hence the rotation. >>> >>> Some technical facts; it rotates on an electric potter’s wheel at a very slow speed. >>> Furthermore, the dark background with very minimal lighting evokes a full-moon effect. >>> The music came to me during a sleepless night and I find it works very well with the owl and the poem, it has a mesmerizing quality to it and gently encourages you to sit down, look and listen. >>> >>> My name is Peter Macken, born in Belgium, I had a career as a graphic designer and art director, mostly in the entertainment world, music, film and theater. >>> Lately I find myself painting again and sculpting in wood. >>> >>> I met Rory Brennan on the Greek Island of Paros where he spends his summers. >>> He lives in Dublin. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh and W.B. Yeats Awards for his poetry. >>> Collection of poems by Rory Brennan >>> The Old in Rapallo, Salmon, 1997. >>> The Walking Wounded, Dedalus, 1985. >>> The Sea on Fire, Dolmen Press, 1978 >>> Sky Lights with Euphrosyne Doxiades, The Aegean Center Press, 2014 >>> Dancing with Luck with Rafael Madhavi, AUP, 2016 >>> Alone In Amphitheatres with Rafael Madhavi, AUP, 2017 >>> Panagiotis Kalkavouras was born in the Peloponnese in Greece.

    He is a photographer and cinematographer. His latest project is about the man-altered and downgraded landscape of the Greek Island of Paros that he calls is home.

    Kind regards

    -Peter Macken

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