Category Archives: Cinematic Poem Films

“The Awakening”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring The Words Of Rûmî Directed By Ivan Maria Friedman (2014)

“The Awakening” is a  Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem By Djalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî Filmed and Directed By Ivan Maria Friedman.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:   Ivan Maria Friedman

Music Composed by:  Richard Wagner (“Das Rheingold, Scene I: Vorspiel”)

Actress and Narrator:   Elena Samuylova

The Awakening Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Rumi Directed by Ivan Maria Friedmand

“The Awakening”

By Djalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî (1207-1273)

In the early dawn of happiness
you gave me three kisses
so that I would wake up
to this moment of love

I tried to remember in my heart
what I’d dreamt about
during the night
before I became aware
of this moving
of life

I found my dreams
but the moon took me away
It lifted me up to the firmament
and suspended me there
I saw how my heart had fallen
on your path
singing a song

Between my love and my heart
things were happening which
slowly slowly
made me recall everything

You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.

But it is you who keeps me alive

Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.



“Ode To My Father”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Mike Bekos (2015)

“Ode To My Father”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring David Romano Poem “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me” Directed by Mike Bekos.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Mike Bekos

Narrated by:  Tom O’Bedlam

Ode To My Father cinematic poem short film directed by Mike Bekos 2015


When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not here to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me

I wish you wouldn’t cry
The Way you did today
While thinking of the many things
We did not get to say

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you
Each time that you think of me
I know you will miss me too

When tomorrow starts with out me
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand

The angel said my place was ready
In heaven far above
And That I would have to leave behind
All those I Dearly Love

But When I walked through Heaven’s Gates
I felt so much at home
When GOD looked down and smiled at me
From his golden throne

He said This Is Eternity
And All I promised you
Today for life on earth is done
But Here it starts a new

I promise no tomorrow
For today will always last
And Since each day’s the exact same way
There is no longing for the past

So When Tomorrow starts without me
Do not think we’re apart
For every time you think of me
Remember I’m right here in your heart

“Scenic Beauty”: A Cinematic Short Film Of Spring In Japan Directed By Norichika Fueta (2010)

“Scenic Beauty” is Cinematic Short Film Of Springtime In Japan Directed By Norichika Fueta.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Norichika Fueta

Music Composed by:  Wu-Fang (“Homukokoro”)

Scenic Beauty cinematic short film of Springtime in Japan directed by Norichika Fueta 2010

“The daylight shines on the mountain and colors it purple, and the river water is clear and pure. The mountain and the river scenery is renowned for its beauty.”

“Brand New Ancients”: Cinematic Poem Short Films Featuring Rapper Kate Tempest Directed By Joe Roberts (2013)

In collaboration with director Joe Roberts, Battersea Arts Centre has produced three short films interpreting Poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest’s spoken word through moving image,released across the tour.

This is the first episode of the three part series. Episodes 2 and 3 are posted below.

Directed by:   Joe Roberts
Produced by:   Battersea Arts Centre
Brand New Ancients is written by:   Kate Tempest

A Kate Tempest & Battersea Arts Centre Co-production
Co-commissioned by the Albany.

“The gods are in the betting shops, the gods are in the cafe,
The gods can’t afford the deposit on their flat…
Winged sandals tearing up the pavement,
Me, you, everyone, brand new ancients.”

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“Feather To Fire”: A Cinematic Poem Narrative Short Film Excerpt From “Ashes And Snow” By Gregory Colbert (2007)

“Feather To Fire”, part of the “Ashes And Snow” exhibition and Film by Gregory Colbert, is a “poetic narrative”, rather than documentary. The full-length feature Ashes and Snow: The Film was edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia.  It is narrated by Laurence Fishburne (English version), Enrique Rocha (Spanish version), Ken Watanabe  (Japanese version), and Jeanne Moreau  (French version).

Filmed and Directed by:  Gregory Colbert

Edited by:  Pietro Scalia

Musical collaborators include: Patrick Cassidy, Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Djivan Gasparyan.

Narrations are forthcoming in Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, German, and Italian.


“Icarus Montgolfier Wright”: Animated Ray Bradbury Screenplay Narrated By James Whitmore Directed By Osmond Evans (1962)

Ray Bradbury and George Clayton Johnson adapted Ray’s short story “Icarus Montgolfier Wright” into a screenplay for an animated short. Animation studio Format Films produced the film in 1962.  Joseph Mugnaini created the artwork for the 18-minute film.

Directed by:  Osmond Evans

Screenplay by:  Ray Bradbury and George Clayton Johnson

Narrated by:  James Whitmore and Ross Martin

Produced by:  Jules Engel (Format Films)

Artist/Animator:  Joe Mugnaini

Ray’s story of the first manned flight to the moon is depicted with surprising accuracy seven years before the Apollo mission rocketed into history. Ross Martin and James Whitmore gave voice to a poetic journey punctuated by Mugnaini’s stunning visuals. Icarus Montgolfier Wright was an animated gem.

The unique nature of Icarus caught the attention of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and it was nominated for an Academy Award in 1962.

“The Tell-Tale Heart”: Animated Edgar Allan Poe Short Film Narrated By James Mason Directed By Ted Parmelee (1953)

The Tell-Tale Heart is a 1953 American animated short film directed by Ted Parmelee and narrated by James Mason. The screenplay by Bill Scott and Fred Grable is based on the 1843 short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Directed by:  Ted Parmelee

Produced by:  Stephen Bosustow

Written by: Bill Scott and Fred Grable

Narrated by:  James Mason

Music by:  Boris Kremenliev

Produced at:  United Productions of America


The plot focuses on a murderer whose increasing guilt leads him to believe he can hear his victim’s heart still beating beneath the floorboards where he buried him. Seen through the eyes of the nameless narrator, the surrealistic images in the film help convey his descent into madness.

Paul Julian served as both designer and color artist for film, and Pat Matthews was the principal animator.

In May 1953, pre-production started on The Tell-Tale Heart, which originally was intended to be a 3-D film. It is not known if the film was animated in this fashion, but it was not released in 3D. There is no reference to 3D in a technical trade review.

“F1 Season Poem”: Promo Short Film Narrated By Aaron Cooper Written By Ernie Black (2014)

A season preview ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season which was in the first two episodes of The F1 Magazine.

Produced by:  F1 Times

Written by:   Ernie Black

Narrated by:  Aaron Cooper


“Walking The Path”: Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film For Columbia Land Trust Directed By Steve Crocker (2012)

“Walking The Path” is a cinematic poem time-lapse short film documentary for the Columbia Land Trust, a Northwest non-profit.  Funnelbox Production Studios creative staff immersed themselves in the Trust’s mission statement, and, after finalizing a script,  hit the road for a week of traveling the length and breadth of the region.


WRITER: Ken Potts

PRODUCER:  Hollie Fee

EDITOR:  Matthew Roberts
COLOR GRADING:  Nick Perkiss

EXPLORER:  Bryan Thompson
NARRATOR:   Andrew B Wehrlen

“November the 3rd, 1805. The fog so thick this morning, we could not see a man fifty steps off. Knowing full well our objective lies not far beyond the horizon, it strikes me in my heart that we are traveling down a path of forever to a fate as yet unknown.”

“The path of forever is obscured by uncertainty. No compass points the way, no maps can guide us. It stretches into the unknown, the choices we make today defining the landscape of tomorrow.

Many have traveled before us, marking the trail. Some stand as sentinels of stewardship, their legacy a shining example of harmonious habitation. Others loom as cautionary tales, their explorations motivated by staking claims and conquering wilderness.

We cannot help but be changed by our collective journey. As our accomplishments have been epic in scope, so have they been costly in consequence.

But now there is another journey to take; a humbler journey, one without an end.

The land has been explored, but there is much still to discover. Our home is not just a resource to exploited, shaped and shifted to suit our desires, but a responsibility we have inherited.

For over two decades, Columbia Land Trust has accepted that responsibility. On both sides of a mighty river, across two states and more than a dozen counties, spanning two-hundred and fifty miles from mountains to ocean, wildlife and vital lands are being protected and restored.

We are proud of our accomplishments. But it is just the beginning.

To continue, the forever business depends on people. People who teach, people who do, people who inspire.

Our adventure continues. The path of forever lies at our feet. And though we may not be able to see beyond the bend of tomorrow… we’re sure the view is breathtaking.

Columbia Land Trust is walking the path of forever.

Are you?”


“The Dreams Come True”: A Cinematic Poem Time-Lapse Film In Spain Directed By Damián Perea (2011)

A cinematic poem time-lapse film HDR techniques to reinforce the character of the script. Presented for the candidature of the city “Las Palmas de Gran Canaria” for the European Capital of Culture 2016.

Written, Produced and Directed by: Damián Perea Lezcano

Director of photography:   Patryk Kizny

Editor and vfx:  Alberto navarro

Music Composer:    David Campodarve
Voiceover narration:  Rebecca Simpson

Concept artist and story board:  Ricardo Manrique de Lara Cabrera
Graphic designer:  Ricardo Manrique de Lara Cabrera

Executive producer:  Damián Perea Lezcano