Category Archives: Documentary

“I Was A Dark Star Always”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Philip Hoare And Adam Low (2018)

“I Was A Dark Star Always” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Wilfred Owen Written By Philip Hoare And Directed by Adam Low.

Filmed and Directed by: Adam Low

Written and Produced by: Philip Hoare
Co-Produced by: John Hansard Gallery

I Was A Dark Star Always A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Philip Hoare And Adam Low (2018)

Narrated by: Ben Whishaw

Excerpts from Letters and Poems of Wilfred Owen

Boys
Breaking the surface of the ebony pond.
Flashes
Of swimmers carving through the sparkling cold
Fleshes
Gleaming with wetness to the morning gold.

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

I Was A Dark Star Always A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Philip Hoare And Adam Low (2018)

Filmed in England (Torquay) and France.

Article on the film: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/03/wilfred-owen-centenary-poetry-film-philip-hoare-i-was-a-dark-star-always

 

“Sonja”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

“Sonja”is a Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík.

Directed by: Maroš Milčík

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Cinematography by: Gašper Šnuderl
Original Score by Matúš široký
Produced by: Revers
Sound Design by Defacto Sound
Color by Toby Tomkins, CHEAT
Edited by Miroslav Gerbel, Maroš Milčík
Starring: Sona Zeliskova

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“Sonja is a poetic portrayal of the story of the sightless artist Sona Zeliskova, who despite adverse fate found her life journey in art and ceramics

The film experiments with audio-visual components to recount Sona’s unique story. Combining a documentary, narrative and poetic approach, this short film attempts to depict the real-life story via poetic language.

We used special infrared technology, in order to achieve a surrealistic black-and-white visual. The unique picture thus emerged purely in-camera without the use of post-production.

Sonja Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

Sona carries a one-of-a-kind story of a lifetime struggle, overcoming obstacles while flourishing her love for art. At the age of 13, she was diagnosed with diabetes. At 26, right by the birth of her son, she completely lost her sight. At age of 39, nevertheless, she has found her life purpose and passion for ceramics and became a successful artist. Today, Sonia runs ceramics courses, lectures at conferences and has become a life inspiration for many others.”

Sonja Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

Website: sonja.revers.sk

“Chasing The Wind”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary By Andrew Batista (2017)

“Chasing The Wind” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary on Champion Windsurfer Jesper Vesterstrom Directed By Andrew Batista.

Produced, Edited and Directed by: Andrew Batista

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Produced by: More Media and the Batista Brothers
Executive Producer: Donna Woods and Anthony Batista
Produced by: Stephen Buchanan, Jason Richardson, Cara Venter, Jesper Vesterstroem
Cinematography by: Dan Stewart
Production Design by: Joe Sciacca
Original Score by: James Everingham
Sound Design and Mix by: Defacto
Color by: Roush Media

Chasing The Wind Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed by Andrew Batista 2017

“The proper function of man is to live, not exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them, I shall use my time.”   Jack London

” ‘Chasing The Wind’ is a short documentary that tells the story of champion windsurfer Jesper Vesterstrom and his internal struggle following his father’s diagnosis of ALS. Grappling with his father’s fate, his instincts led him to the open water where he learned to harness the elements and his emotions in order to keep a promise.”

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Website: http://www.andrewbatista.com/

“Hoosier Quilt”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Jason Drake & Lexi Hiland (2017)

“Hoosier Quilt” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film For The Indiana Arts Commission Featuring Poem By Shari Wagner Directed By Jason Drake &  Lexi Hiland.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Jason Drake and Lexi Hiland

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Production Company: ThinkAhead Studios
Creative Consultant: Lewis Ricci
Executive Producer: Trevor Yager
Producers: Jason Drake and Lexi Hiland
Cinematography: Lexi Hiland, Matt McMahon, and Jason Drake
Audio: Andy Choka
Motion Graphics & VFX:Jake Thomas, Jake Myers, Jeremy Albert, and Justin Zurawski

Composer: Timothy Carlos
Musicians: Natalie Cole violin; Logan Jones viola; Kim Busic cello; and Carol Weirich piano
Painter: Jerry Karwowski
Guitarist: Frank Steans
Pianists: Lexi Hiland
Wanderer: Matt McMahon
Dancer: Emilia Floody
Quilter: Daren Redman
Additional Footage: Indiana Dept. of Tourim Development

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“To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Indiana Arts Commission wanted to showcase its rich history of pushing the arts scene forward. This film captures the essence of local artists’ creative processes as Indiana’s Poetry Out Loud winner voices one of the Indiana Poet Laureate’s poems.”

Narrated by: Grace Milligan

“Hoosier Quilt” by Shari Wagner (Excerpt)

We take our fabric from the
Field that Lincoln plowed;
The same earthmound builders aligned
With the movement of stars.
We choose our colors from the trees
As they traveled toward winter…

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Website: http://www.throughthesycamores.com/

http://www.in.gov/arts/

 

“Young Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Dominic DiMaria And Geno DiMaria (2016)

“Young Sea” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Carl Sandburg Directed By Dominic DiMaria And Geno DiMaria.

Produced and Directed by: Dominic DiMaria and Geno DiMaria

Cinematography: Geno DiMaria and Chad Stembridge
Editing and Sound Design: Geno DiMaria
Co-Produced by: Chad Stembridge

Production Company: Block One Studios

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“Seahorse” Crew: Captain Joel Wayne

Narrated by: Dave Pettitt

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“Young Sea” by Carl Sandburg

The sea is never still.
It pounds on the shore
Restless as a young heart,
Hunting.

The sea speaks
And only the stormy hearts
Know what it says:
It is the face
of a rough mother speaking.

The sea is young.
One storm cleans all the hoar
And loosens the age of it.
I hear it laughing, reckless.

They love the sea,
Men who ride on it
And know they will die
Under the salt of it

Let only the young come,
Says the sea.

Let them kiss my face
And hear me.
I am the last word
And I tell
Where storms and stars come from.

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Website: http://blockonestudios.com/

“You Don’t Know Opera”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary By Ruben Van Leer (2016)

“You Don’t Know Opera” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary of Boxer Frank Engel Directed By Ruben Van Leer.

Written and Directed by: Ruben van Leer

Director of Photography: Paul Özgür
Tenor and Boxer: Frank Engel
Narrated by: Johnny Bang Reilley
Original Music and Sound: Tommy Zee
Edited by: Wouter van Luijn and Amber Hooijmans
Produced by: New Amsterdam Film Company

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Amsterdam-based artist and director Ruben Van Leer’s latest film is a high-energy portrait of professional tenor and amateur boxer Frank Engel, made in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera with the aim of attracting a different audience into its drama-filled world. Here, Van Leer talks about the story behind the film:

“This film is about the courageousness of self-expression. A battle with the self is the ultimate revolution. Frank is a boxer and a tenor in the chorus of Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera. In the film he’s fighting his demon, a shadow of himself.

 “A battle with the self is the ultimate revolution”

“His fear of going on stage is bigger than that of death, of finally letting his voice be heard to the public and mastering his art. I wanted to make a tiny opera film: an existential theme that resonates within the streets, outside of theatre walls.”

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Article on film: https://www.nowness.com/story/you-dont-know-opera-boxing-frank-engel

Website: http://newams.com/

 

“The Wall”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andrew De Zen (2016)

“The Wall” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Written and Directed By Andrew De Zen.

Written & Directed by: Andrew De Zen

Produced by: Andrew De Zen & Clint Kendal
Prod Company: FRANK Content
Cinematography: Christopher Lew
Editing: Michael Barker
Sound Design: Eugenio Battaglia
Colour: Andrew De Zen
1st AC: Yulia Kikuchi
2nd AC: Korbyn McLean
Production Manager: Eric Bizzarri
Steadicam Operator: Russ De Jong
Gaffer: Keenan Lynch
Key Grip: Julian Lomaga
Grip: Alastair Sinclair, Diego Guijarro
Swing: Elana Emer
MUA: Kasia Podsiadly
Production Assistants: Michael Arredondo, Leo Di Leo, Jordan Bouma, Mohammed Daud
Digital Intermediate Services: MELS

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CAST: Justin Rock, Eloho Orogun, Jose Gutierrez-Solana, Gabriel Cameron, Janicije Karic,  Abigail Chin Dixon, Sandro Rosta, Bronson Lake, Dario Zecca, Lino Zecca, Eric Simler,  Spencer Ought and Ken Gracey

Narration: Martin Yap
Music: “Spohorn” by Tony Anderson

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“The Wall” is Part ll in the “Of Walls & Mountains” series of short films. With a focus on sports and athletics the film is a visual and abstract exploration of perseverance, and the many walls we all face in our lives.”

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Interview at “Directors Notes”:

http://directorsnotes.com/2016/12/01/andrew-de-zen-the-wall/

Part 1:

Website: http://andrewdezen.com/

http://www.frankcontent.com/

“AMG Mika Häkkinen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Marcos Mijan (2016)

“AMG Mika Häkkinen” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film of the Flying Finn Featuring the Poem “Bluebird” by Charles Bukowski Directed By Marcos Mijan.

Directed by:  Marcos Mijan

Client: Mercedes AMG
Agency: Avantgarde Brand Services
Director of Photography: Luka Milicevic
Colourist: Nikola Stefanovic
Drone shots, second camera: Vladimir Milosevic

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“A Director’s Cut of the Flying Finn, an introspective look about what drives one of motorsports’ most enigmatic figures. With unprecedented access given to the filming crew in hope of capturing Mika Häkkinen’s true self.”

Narrated by:  Tom O’Bedlam

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“Bluebird” by Charles Bukowski (1992)

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the ****s and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

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Website: http://www.marcosmijan.com/

“MySon”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In The Vanuatu Islands Directed By Germain Lalot (2016)

“MySon” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In The Vanuatu Islands Directed By Germain Lalot.

Directed and Co-Produced by: Germain Lalot

Written and Co-Produced by: Claire Endress
Co-Produced by: Jb Lalot ineoprod
Music by: Jon Hopkins (with King Creosote “Immunity”)
Piano and Strings Arrangements: Clement Simounet
Sound Editing: Jean-Philippe Boinot

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Narrated by: Sarah Cavalli

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“What do we want to pass on to future generations?
A mother encourages her child to be to look at our complex world with a different light.
MySon is a short film, shot in Vanuatu Islands, with a strong message of tolerance, humanity and kindness.”

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Website: http://www.germainlalot.com/

“Never Forgotten”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring WWI A.E. Housman Poem Directed By Jamie Childs And Gareth Brannan (2016)

“Never Forgotten” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring World War I A.E. Housman Poem “Soldier From The Wars Returning” Directed By Jamie Childs And Gareth Brannan.

Directed by: Jamie Childs and Gareth Brannan

Music by:  Tom Player
Violin & Viola Solos: Johnathan Hill
Trumpet & Fugelhorn: Joe Morris
Cello: Tom Player
Cinematography by: Will Baldy
Edited by: David Fisher
Starring: Alfie Stewart
Poem Read by: Joe Blakemore
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“Cinematic short film “Never Forgotten” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the young lives which were sacrificed.

Director Jamie Childs (Vera, Lucky Man) and Gareth Brannan (Director & VFX Supervisor at The Mill) tell the story of one ‘War Boy’s hopes and sorrows, on his last journey through no mans land, disappearing into the horizon alongside his brothers in arms.

The A. E. Housman poem “Soldier From The Wars Returning” is set to a moving cinematic score composed by Tom Player (Trailer music composer for The Hobbit, Game of Thrones) and our fallen gather in chorus to whistle the traditional WWI song, “Keep The Home Fires Burning”. The recording features the “Molitor Stradivarius” c.1697 played by Johnathan Hill.

Today more than ever we feel its important for people to stop and remember the huge sacrifices made during WWI, one hundred years ago. This respectful and thought provoking tribute reminds us how much we owe for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

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“Soldiers From The Wars Returning” by A.E. Housman (1922)

Soldier from the wars returning,
Spoiler of the taken town,
Here is ease that asks not earning;
Turn you in and sit you down.

Peace is come and wars are over,
Welcome you and welcome all,
While the charger crops the clover
And his bridle hangs in stall.

Now no more of winters biting,
Filth in trench from tall to spring,
Summers full of sweat and fighting
For the Kesar or the King.

Rest you, charger, rust you, bridle;
Kings and kesars, keep your pay;
Soldier, sit you down and idle
At the inn of night for aye.

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Website: http://www.darkenergyfilms.com/jamiechilds/