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“A Winter’s Tale”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Siberia Directed By Dennis Schmelz (2019)

“A Winter’s Tale – My Journey Through Siberia” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Dennis Schmelz.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Dennis Schmelz

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

Camera by: Christopher Schmid
Music by: Dan & Adam Skinner (“Far From Home”)
Sound Design and Grading by: Dennis Schmelz
Title Design by: Julius Dürrfeld
Adviser: Claudina Hoff ter Heide

Narrated by: Joe Goffeney

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

“Inspired by some Russian winter fairy tales, I decided to come back aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway to discover the real Siberian winter. I took a similar trip from Beijing to Moscow two years ago in summer, but I always wanted to see these places in the frozen coldness of the Siberian Winter. And I was not disappointed.

Meeting the nomads in the Mongolian desert, hovering across the world’s biggest and deepest frozen lake, walking the in the streets of Buryatia at -30 degrees Celsius, flying through the steam of the almost frozen Angara river or joining a traditional sleigh ride through the Russian Taiga. All of this made me feel like I was looking into a fairyland, which never existed anywhere apart from dreams. Such a miracle. Siberia is something really extraordinary and mesmerizing.

Our stops: Omsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) – Ulan-Ude – Tarbagata – Ulan Bator and the Mongolian countryside.”

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

Excerpts from the Opera “The Snow Maiden” by Nikolai Rimsky‐Korsakov

When the cold cracks the timbers. 
And the walls of the houses ;
When the frost makes the great
courtyard gates
Creak on their hinges,
Then the smoke rising over the
dwellings,
The smoke floating upward to vanish
‘Neath the breath of the wind,
I freeze of a sudden.
Aye, I freeze it and hold it
Suspended ;
O’er the plain, above the trees
Suspended —
What pleasure it gives me.
How I enjoy it

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

Website: https://dennisschmelz.de/

 

“Beyond Us – After The Collapse”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

“Beyond Us – After The Collapse” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien.

Directed by: Maxime Tiberghien

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

Produced, Animated and Edited by: Sylvain Favre, Maxime Hacquard and Maxime Tiberghien
Original Music by: Vitaliy Zavadskyy

Narrated by: Juliette de Prigny

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

“Embark on the last journey of a giant machine, wandering trough our masterpiece of desolation.. after the collapse.

BEYOND US is an independant short film, trying to spread a simple message about our civilisation and what we will leave behind after the collapse.”

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

After thousands of years of evolution,
Our civilization finally understood
That everything was coming to an end.
Our society had frozen,
Blinded by the gods of consumerism
Who did not see that a
Huge threat was coming to us.

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/maxtiberghien/

“Get Lost In Tuscany”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Marc Fortunato (2019)

“Get Lost In Tuscany” is a Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed by Marc Fortunato.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Marc Fortunato

 

Drone Footage: Brandon Baxter
Starring: Leonardo Olmi
Voiceover: Marco Cortesi
Poem by: Erin Hanson

“This is a film I shot while on a cycling trip with my dad in March of 2019. Italy is a truly inspiring place and I knew that if I would have come home without this footage, it would have been a huge regret.”

Filmed in Tavarnelle, Val Di Pesa, Tuscany.

From the moment that you are in this world
They tell you what is fair.
The questions you are allowed to ask
And the ones you would not dare.

Put on the path they have paved for you,
Life pushes you along,
Without the chance to stop and think
Which path is right, whether you belong.

Website: https://www.marcfortunato.com/

“Dream”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Sofie Lee (2019)

“Dream” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Sofie Lee.

Designed, Edited and Directed by: Sofie Lee

Animation Directed by: Omid Seraj
Music by: Wesley Slover and Joe Basile
Sound by: Joe Basile
Mix by: Trevor Richardson
Narrated by: Stella Stocker

“One day, I saw this dazzling darkness, and it devoured me. Then, I no longer existed.

We often tend to dream, expect, and imagine the things we wished we had. Dreaming is a catalyst for a better future. However, I see dreams in two different ways. One being that dreams give off a sense of motivation and the other that dreams create a sense of delusion within. As humans, our dreams block us from seeing the things that are right in front of us. Although dreams are meant to keep us alive, they also make us forget our existence and our purpose. In the end, our lack of awareness of our surroundings can drive us to forget who we really are.

The project, Dream, is a short film that is created based on a visual poem, “Lonely Wintry Moon,” which I wrote portraying myself losing my existence to follow this invisible dream.”

Dream.

Life is like a warm breeze that carries the redolent of spring, the colors that transmute the sky from dusk till dawn. Like a little chaste sprout that just pushed out the ground dauntlessly. A small water drop that just landed on a wild flower to tell its story from a long itinerary

But I’m an indigent goldfish that is floundering helplessly in this tiny bowl enveloped by hollow plastic plants and just gazing at this beautiful world; a xanadu I can’t be a part of it.

I am a puddle on the street that reflects the blue sky and makes graceful ebb and flow of waves coalesced with the spring breeze.

but I’m merely a deserted puddle wandering aimlessly. Then a bleak, lonely wintry moon devoured my life. The life of warmth, beauty, love, and passion departed. Then, time stopped, everything lost its colors. It froze my heart and only the whiteness lingered in silence with me.

Website: https://sofieleeya.com/dream

“Skin Of Glass”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

“Skin Of Glass” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet  Sh’maya Directed By Kurt Schneider.

Edited and Directed by: Kurt Schneider

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

Produced by: Christian Lathers
Director of Photography: Tommy Daguanno
Music and Sound Design by: Sebastian Oliwa
Production Company: Eightfold
Executive Producer: Nick Stachurski
Sound Mixer: Gabriel Sayre

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

“Ice carving is one of the few art forms that is entirely temporary. Skin of Glass chronicles the journey that world class carver, Jeff Wolf, experiences every time he creates.”

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

 

Poem Written & Performed by:  Sh’maya

The water, that’s where it always begins.
That curling veil, that skin of glass,
Whole worlds exist beneath its surface.
I hear them in my sleep,
Stories waiting for breath.
Shapes reaching for life.

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

 

Website: http://kurtschneider.tv/

 

 

 

“Notes Of An Insomniac”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Scott Peters (2019)

“Notes Of An Insomniac” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem by Anna Peters Directed By Scott Peters.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Scott Peters

Notes Of An Insomniac Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Scott Peters 2019

Poem and Art Direction by: Anna Peters
Music by: Gareth Johnson
Colourist: Jax Harney

Narrated by: George Power

“After a year of battling with insomnia, I decided to make a short about it.”

Notes Of An Insomniac Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Scott Peters 2019

“Notes Of An Insomniac” by Anna Peters

Are you here tonight Sleep?
I’ve been looking for you.

Are you here tonight Sleep?
When do you appear and where?
Are you broken, disturbed, or deep?
Are you a dream, or a nightmare?

I have envied for many weeks
Those lucky ones you come to.
You bring them all of your gifts,
You rock them, foster and comfort.

I witness you in the morning light,
Peeking through the curtains at my lover’s cheekbone.
I study you at 3am, 4, 4:05
As I’m staring blank at my phone.

Now I see you as I’m commuting from
…work. As my parents doze off watching movies.
As my sister is sneaking home
When the night wears off unnoticed.

You are oceans of warmth under sheets,
Quiet breath, weekend and no alarms.
You are where someone is giving a gentle squeeze
To a spouse sleeping in their arms.

You are wanted, desired, craved for.
Longing for you is in every new mother’s eyes,
You are here early on in the morning,
As a shift nurse boards the bus.

We, as humans, give you a sacred meaning,
Diving into our rituals before bed.
Some are focusing their gaze on the ceiling,
Ruminating and spiralling in their head.

After tube, train stations and pubs are closed,
World transforms into a silent void.
Insomniacs and their suffering goes, unnoticed,
Leaving them on their own – sleepless, tired, ignored.

It’s a quiet, stretched out, ongoing battle,
Counting minutes, hours, waiting for the alarm.
Getting up, pushing through on repeat, and then shortly after
Days are starting to melt into one.

Notes Of An Insomniac Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Scott Peters 2019

Website: http://www.madebyscottpeters.com/

 

“Connemara Illuminated”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo Directed By Luke Morgan (2019)

“Connemara Illuminated” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For Poet Christine Valters Paintner Directed by Luke Morgan.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Luke Morgan

Original Music and Sound Mix by: Jake Morgan
Production Company: Morgan Creative
Actor: Gerry Conneely

Connemara Illuminated A Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo Directed By Luke Morgan (2019)

Spoken by: Christine Valters Paintner

“Dreaming of Stones” is a new collection of poems written by Christine Valters Paintner and published by Paraclete Press.

Connemara Illuminated A Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo Directed By Luke Morgan (2019)

“Connemara Illuminated” by Christine Valters Paintner

A poem is being scribed this morning 
across the thick brown bog and
over the gashed granite folds of mountain,
written in spires of gold descending 
from the wide bowl of sky 
across the breathing heather.

You have to pause to read it,
long enough to hear beneath the relentless 
moan of wind 
where centuries of voices have whispered
their seeking, feasting, fasting, loving.

You know your singular aloneness
and your place in a communion of stone and sea.

Even as the kestrel’s wings vibrate into the night
sending quills into the damp air,
even as the skylarks and stonechats 
attend each day’s awakening 
like eager midwives,
this empire of longing writes its script 
in fox tracks and memory.

If your life could be just a fraction of this poem
you would never need to utter another word.

Connemara Illuminated A Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo Directed By Luke Morgan (2019)

Websites: http://www.morgancreative.org/about-us.html

https://abbeyofthearts.com/books/dreaming-of-stones-poems/

“CONTACT”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Written And Directed By Alessandro Novelli (2017)

“CONTACT” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Written And Directed By Alessandro Novelli.

Written, Animated and Directed by: Alessandro Novelli

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

For every yes,
There were a thousand no’s.
And, so while we were even asleep,
We sent our dreams to other planets,
And on to other stars.
We were looking for a god, all the
While incapable of finding our way.

 

Art and Creative Director: Alessandro Novelli
Original Music and Sound Design: Simon Smith
Animation: Alessandro Novelli 2D/3D, Laura Sofia Gonçalves 2D, Pamela Poltronieri 2D Hair fx, Christian Müller 2D, Victor Pérez 3D, Ambra Malanca 3D.
Painting & Tracing: Christian Müller, Alessandro Novelli, Inês Teixeira
Design: Alessandro Novelli, Christian Müller.

Produced by: Uniko
Coproduced by: AltContent
Executive Producer: Iván Miñambres
Associate Producer: Arturo Olea

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

3D Modeling: Joao Lucas, Ambra Malanca, Alessandro Novelli, Victor Pérez.
Camera Operator: Giulia Arantxa Novelli.
Lighting: Joao Lucas 3D, Alessandro Novelli 2D/3D.

Production: Diana Cano.
Music Recording and Mixing: BCNsound bcnsound.com/
Post-production, Editing and Compositing: Alessandro Novelli.

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

Post-production Assistants: Carlos Alonso, Elbire Rico.
Intern: Susana Vieira.
Script Consulting: Simon Smith.

Voices: Sara Montgomery Campbell.
Voice Recording Studio: Imagine Sounds & Visions / Juan Cook.

Mastering DCP: Iñigo Gómez

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

“Somewhere between reality and fantasy, a woman’s consciousness is awoken through her inner journey that reflects the world around her.”

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

“Contact” is the second chapter of an animated trilogy about Human consciousness. The first chapter “The Guardian” is available online at:

Website: http://www.contactshortfilm.com/

“Honey Pears”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Christopher Brooks (2019)

“Honey Pears” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet John Keats Directed By Christopher Brooks.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Christopher Brooks

Honey Pears Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Christopher Brooks 2019

Produced by: Studio Colortek
Food Styling by: Michelle Wittenberg

Honey Pears Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Christopher Brooks 2019

“To Autumn” by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; 
Conspiring with him how to load and bless 
   With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; 
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, 
   And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; 
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells 
   With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, 
And still more, later flowers for the bees, 
Until they think warm days will never cease, 
      For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells. 
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? 
   Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find 
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, 
   Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; 
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep, 
   Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook 
      Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers: 
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep 
   Steady thy laden head across a brook; 
   Or by a cyder-press, with patient look, 
      Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours. 
Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they? 
   Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— 
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, 
   And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; 
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn 
   Among the river sallows, borne aloft 
      Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; 
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; 
   Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft 
   The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft
      And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Honey Pears Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Christopher Brooks 2019

“In Between Words”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In New York City By Sheldon Chau (2018)

“In Between Worlds” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In New York City Featuring Poet Lilian Mehrei Directed by Sheldon Chau.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sheldon Chau

Music Composed by: John Corlis
Piano: John Corlis
Violin: Gustavo Eiriz
Actress: Achiaa Prempeh
Narrated by: Achiaa Prempeh

“A woman looks for her place in New York City as she contemplates the meaning of “home.”

The City Odes Project is a passion project in which my composer and I will collaborate with a poet and an actor to create a humanist, emotional, and visual story amidst the backdrop of a particularly city. “In Between Words” is the first of many to come, and kicks off this series in the city I currently reside in – New York City. The narrative was birthed out of an eagerness to collaborate with Achiaa, my actress, who now lives in New York and is originally from Ghana. In speaking with her, I decided to pursue a story about someone searching for home; a woman who is figuring out if NYC is the place for her, who is coming to terms that she is 5,000 miles away from her original home in West Africa, and thus easing out tensions with her mother, who of course wants her to return. The final result here features the work of Lilian Mehrel – a fellow filmmaker and classmate of mine back at NYU Grad Film school – who captures these feelings through her words, and my frequent collaborator John Corlis – an LA-based musician and composer – who complements the poetry with his mixture of piano and strings.”

“In Between Words” by Lilian Mehrei

Where am I?
Check the map. What’s a map, anyway? 
An alphabet. 
Spelling out spaces
In between words.

When you carve lines in a concrete jungle,
The dust particles remain. They stain
The people with grit
Glittering their teeth.

When I was little, my mother told me
My great-grandfather was the head of our tribe.
What’s a tribe? I asked.
He was like the king of our village, she told me.
Are you the queen now? I asked.

Yes Queen, says a handsome woman walking by.

Excuse me, do you know which way is north?
I squint up at the scrapers of the sky. 
They look down at their fireflies.

My eyes blink for a rest. I need to go
Underground.
I enter the arteries 
To flow with bodies as one.
Noon or midnight, there is no time here.

I balance, suspended halfway 
Between North and South.
There is no fullness,
There is no stillness.

I cross the street. I cross my heart.
I cross my mother, one too many times.
Why don’t you come home? She says.
What is home? I say.
There are too many people there, she says.
There’s nobody to bother me, I say.

When it’s too much
I slip in the small spaces.

Can you find me on a map?
Look, there – that eyelash that fell,
Between 6th and 7th avenue, that’s me.

Where are you? My mother calls me.
I’m on 6th and a half avenue, I say.
What?

You don’t believe me?
Look on the map. It’s really there.

Website: http://www.sheldonchau.com/