Category Archives: Art Films

“I Can Wade Grief”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Lucia Hunziker (2020)

“I Can Wade Grief” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Emily Dickinson Directed by Lucia.

Edited and Directed by Lucia Hunziker

The Woman & Voiceover: Carina Braunschmidt

Produced by: LLH Productions
Wardrobe Styling: Ruth Bugmann, Sandra Wichowski
Production Design: Jackie Wagner
Set Design & Set Dressing: Andri Buser
Voice over Recording: Oslo Studios
Sound Design: Anderson Audio Productions


“I can wade Grief—” by Emily Dickinson

I CAN wade grief,
Whole pools of it,—
I ’m used to that.
But the least push of joy
Breaks up my feet,
And I tip—drunken.
Let no pebble smile,
’T was the new liquor,—
That was all!

Power is only pain,
Stranded, through discipline,
Till weights will hang.
Give balm to giants,
And they ’ll wilt, like men.
Give Himmaleh,—
They ’ll carry him!


“Why Born Enslaved – A Poet’s Response”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Sarah Cowan (2019)

“Why Born Enslaved – A Poet’s Response”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux Sculpture Featuring Poet Wendy S. Walters Directed By Sarah Cowan

Produced and Directed by: Sarah Cowan


Director of Photography and Editor: Alex Guns
Camera: Stephanie Wuertz

Why Born Enslaved! by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Modeled 1868
Carved 1873 Marble Purchase
The Wallace Foundation
Wrightsman Fellows Gifts and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Gift, 2019

Poem Written and Spoken by: Wendy S. Walters

A poet's response to Carpeaux's Why Born Enslaved! MetCollects Video



“Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets” Featuring Ed Ruscha By Matthew Miller

“Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Ed Ruscha with excerpts of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” Directed by Matthew Miller.

Directed by: Matthew Miller

Produced by: Ways & Means
Executive Producers: Jett Steiger and Lana Kim
Producer: Christopher Broyles
Project Manager: Steph Max
Editor: Sean Leonard
Music by: Ali Helnwein

Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets Featuring Ed Ruscha By Matthew Miller 2019

Images: Ed Ruscha “Streets of Los Angeles” Archives at The Getty Research Institute

Commissioned by The Getty Museum on the occasion of their 2019 Getty Medal to the painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker, Ed Ruscha. Utilizing The Getty Research Institute’s preservation and digitization of over a million images from Ed’s Streets of Los Angeles photo series, and excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” this film puts together two of Ed’s major inspirations: Kerouac’s text and the city of Los Angeles.

Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets Featuring Ed Ruscha By Matthew Miller 2019

Excerpts from “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac (1957)

Along about three in the afternoon, after an apple pie and ice cream in a road-side stand, a woman stopped for me in a little coupe…

The greatest ride in my life was about to come up…

The driver was fiddler for a California cowboy band. He had a brand-new car and drove eighty miles an hour.

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“Haud Close Tae Me”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Eve McConnachie (2018)

“Haud Close Tae Me” is a Cinematic Poem Dance Short Film For Scottish Ballet Directed By Eve McConnachie.

Directed by: Eve McConnachie

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018
Director of Photography: Michael Sherrington and Nick Aiton
Producer: Charlotte Gross for Scottish Ballet
Choreographer: Christopher Hampson
Sountrack: Alex Menzies

Poem by: Jackie Kay

Dancers: Jill Ferguson and Mia Thompson

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018

“A short dance film examining the connection between our younger and older selves.

Created for Scottish Ballet, this short features professional ballerina Mia Thompson and 65-year-old dancer Jill Ferguson. Choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, the film is inspired by a specially commissioned poem by the Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, who narrates, accompanied by Alex Menzies’ music.”

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018

“Pas De Deux” by Jackie Kay

Would you take haud o’ me,
Take haud o’ me
Haud me in your airms and birl me aroon?
Would you haud close tae me
Haud close tae me
Lift me up and put me doon?

I’ll let go o’ you,
Let go o’ you
Turn you roon an’ set you free
You’re one step away
Two away frae me
A pas de chat, a pas de deux.

Would you run aff wey me
Run awa wey me
Tak my haunds and lead me astray?
Would you hae a word wey me,
Hae a word wey me,
Tell me: yesterday’s no the day?

I’ll keep time wey you,
Bide close tae you
Yer body’s memory, fu o’ story,
Step by step we go – chassé, plié…
In your foot, your toe:
You’re a magnificent glory.

Would you please follow me?
Still shadow me
Until night becomes day?
Keep up wey me
Pas marché or brisé volé?
Until the river meets the sea?

I’ll pace time with you,
Keep faith with you
Up the banks and over the brae
Until the moon draps tae the sea.
I’ll be your bridge, be your gateway
Till you are me and I am ye.

Would you let go o’ me,
Things have sapped and ebbed away.
Would you let go o’ me,
Let go o’ me
The words have slid back tae sea.
Who are ye? Who’s me? Who’s me?

I’ll dance the night away
Step by step away
You go; I’ll follow
Don’t worry now: don’t go away.
It all begins and ends with a demi plié!
Till I am you and you are me!

Are you dancing, you say; you say
Are you tomorrow?
Are you asking – what will you borrow?
The day just yesterday.
The nights dancing into the day.
The moon’s dancing into the sea.

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018


“Autumn Tale”: A Cinematic Short Film Directed By Ivan Maria Friedman (2016)

“Autumn Tale” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Ivan Maria Friedman.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Ivan Maria Friedman


Actress: Elena Samuylova


Produced by: Maya Pictures



“Motion Poems”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Jonah Hall And Kevin Lau (2016)

“Motion Poems” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring “A Sonnet After Chopin’s Requiem” by Monique-Adelle Callahan Directed by Jonah Hall and Kevin Lau.

Designed, Animated and Directed by:  Jonah Hall and Kevin Lau

Produced by:  TIMBER
Executive Producer: Sabrina Elizondo
Produced by:  Megan Kennedy
Art Director: Jon Lorenz
Animation and VFX: Jonah Hall, Henry Foster, Casey Benn,  Gabriel Valente Ferrao, Jeff Willette,  Brad Hayes, Ian Ross, Jon Lorenz,  Lyz Holder, Alireza Bidar, Andrew Schreiber
and Giancarlo Rondani
Narrated by:  Ashley Becerra

“Your Verse”: A Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For Bloch Directed By Jes Bickhart (2016)

“Your Verse”: A Cinematic Poem Promotional Dance Short Film For Bloch Directed By Jes Bickhart.

Directed by:  Jes Bickhart


Lead Dancer: Katherine Cowgill
Dancers: Avi Adams, Bianca Bulle, Alexandra Hughes, and Sam Akins
Narrator: Victoria Atkin
Director of Photography: Charlie Balch
1st AC: Dustin Miller
Hair: Joe Espinoza
Makeup: Raquel Grijalva
Editor: Rob Stiles
Original Music: CM French
Sound Edit and Mix: Kami Asgar & 424 Post inc.
Colorist: Mark Todd Osborne


“Bloch is one of the leading international brands in ballet. With over 90 years of dedication to artists, we set out to create a work that honored this legacy and commitment to the preservation of the arts. With a 35mm film grant from the Kodak Motion Picture Film group, we focused on the introspective loneliness and poetic nature of ballet set against the words of Robin Williams to his students in the film ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ ”

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering… these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.”  




“The Big Push”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Xin Li And Laurie Harris (2015)

“The Big Push” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poetry Of John Glenday Directed By Xin Li and Laurie Harris.

Directed by: Xin Li and Laurie Harris 


Animation by:  Xin Li
Music and Sound by: Nick Norton-Smith
Executive Producer:  Andy Glynne
Produced by:  Mosaic Films

“The film is based on John Glenday’s poem of the same name, inspired by James Herbert Gunn’s evocative 1916 painting, ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’.


The film-poem was animated using a painstaking paint-on-glass technique by Chinese-Australian artist Xin Li. Each frame was hand-painted, using no computer effects to create an animation that mirrors the powerful effect of Gunn’s painting.

The Poem was originally commissioned by The Poetry Society and The Fleming Collection.”

Written and Narrated by:  John Glenday

“The Big Push” by John Glenday

Would you believe it, there’s a bloke out there singing
‘When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day’.
His audience, a sixty-pounder crew, stand round bleeding
from the ears. The Boche are all but finished, apparently –

I heard they’re packing old clock parts into trench mortars
now, for want of iron scrap. Some wag quips that next time he’s
sentry and hears the plop of a minnenwerfer tumbling over,
he’ll not blow the alarm, he’ll shout: ‘Time, gentlemen, please…’

We laugh and for one heartbeat forget to be afraid. Bravery
and cowardice are just two workings of the same fear
moving us in different ways. The 8th East Surreys
have been given footballs to kick and follow at Zero Hour;

it’s to persuade them from the trenches lest their nerve fail
as they advance on Montaubon. I’ve watched men
hitch up their collars and trudge forward as if shrapnel
and lead were no worse than a shower of winter rain.

This afternoon a few of us went swimming in the mill dam
behind Camp. Just for a while to have no weight, to go drifting
clear of thought and world, was utter bliss. A skylark climbed
high over the torn fields on its impossible thread of song:

“like an unbodied joy.” I don’t know why, but it reminded
me of the day we took over from the French along the Somme;
it was so tranquil, so picturesque, the German trenchworks crowded
with swathes of tiny, brilliant flowers none of us could name.

I believe if the dead come back at all they’ll come back green
to grow from the broken earth and drink the gathered water
and all the things they suffered will mean no more to them
than the setting-in of the ordinary dark, or a change of weather.



“Architecture”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Iain Chudleigh (2016)

“Architecture” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Iain Chudleigh.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Iain Chudleigh

Music by:  Steve Jablonsky  (“This Isn’t Real” from movie “The Last Witch Hunter”)


“A minimalist architectural CG short showing how even the most simple of buildings and rooms can be works of art.”