Category Archives: Narrated Short Films

“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

 

“Aftermath”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Layla Atkinson (2017)

“Aftermath” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poet Siegfried Sassoon Directed By Layla Atkinson.

Directed by: Layla Atkinson

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

Produced by: Richard Barnett
Animation by: Marie-Margaux, Tsakiri-Scanatovits, John Harmer, Rok Predin, Jocie Juritz, Jacob Read, Clelia Leroux
Music- Dom James
Sound- Fonic
Mix- Barnaby Templera

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

“Aftermath” by Siegfried Sassoon

Have you forgotten yet?…
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same–and War’s a bloody game…
Have you forgotten yet?…
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz–
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench–
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, ‘Is it all going to happen again?’

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack–
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads–those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?…
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget. 

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

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“Where Are The African Gods”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Rodney Passé (2018)

“Where Are The African Gods” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Rodney Passé.

Produced and Directed by: Rodney Passé

Filmed by: Andrew Trost and Shawn Peters
Co-Produced by: Danielle Redman
Edit and Sound Design: J.P. Damboragian

Where Are The African Gods Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Rodney Passé 2018

Words and Narration by: Abbey Lincoln

“Poetic License: Where are the African Gods?
Lyricist Abbey Lincoln’s words are brought to life in this meditative portrait of black masculinity.

A moving recording of the late writer and renowned jazz singer Abbey Lincoln is captured in this new film from Brooklyn-born director Rodney Passé, who has previously worked with powerhouse music video director Kahlil Joseph. Reading from her own works, Lincoln’s voice sets the tone for a film that explores the African American experience through fathers and their sons.”

“The film movingly captures moments from the perspective of African American men and their sons”
“Abbey Lincoln’s poem is a chilling reminder of black society’s struggle with self-image,” explains Passé. Speaking of the film’s experiment with spoken-word and music, the filmmaker continues: “The arrangement is heart-felt, capturing moments from the perspective of African American men and their sons, while celebrating the essence of black culture and honouring its significance in today’s society.”

Where Are The African Gods Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Rodney Passé 2018

Where are the African Gods?
Did they leave us on our
Journey over here?

Where are the African Gods?
Will we know them
When they suddenly appear?
The ones dismissed with voodoo,
Rock and roll, and all that jazz.
And jungle mumbo jumbo.
And razzmatazz.

Where are the African Gods
Who live within the skin,
Without the skin,
And in the skin again.

Where are the African Gods?
Do they hide among the shadows
While we stumble on the way?
Or did they go with heaven
To prepare another day?
Where are the African Gods
Who’ll save us from this misery and shame?

Where are the African Gods?
Where are the African Gods?
Where are the African Gods?
Where are the African Gods?

Will we find them while
We pray in Jesus’ name?
Where are the African Gods
Who live, and set us free?
We are the African Gods.
You and Me.

Where Are The African Gods Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Rodney Passé 2018

Website:  https://vimeo.com/rodneypasse

“Plus Minus”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Julian Ticona Cuba (2017)

“Plus Minus” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Julian Ticona Cuba.

Writer & Director: Julian Ticona Cuba 

Plus Minus Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Julian Ticona Cuba 2017
DP: Lukas Tielke
Edit: Dennis Elgert
Music: „Coda“ by Echos
Words: Katrina Noorbergen
VO: Kaya Marie Möller
Grade: Bernd Güsbacher
Additional Grading: Maximilian Baule
Sound Design: Noorman Karim I ACHT Hamburg
Footage produced by Daniel Bartels, Julian Ticona Cuba (NOISE), Miri Harnischmacher (peoplegrapher)
1st AC: Daniel Schua
Runner & Driver: Manuel Bartels, Michael Bartels
Talent: Anne Mühlmeier, Kevin Finn Becker

Plus Minus Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Julian Ticona Cuba 2017

“In mathematics, plus minus indicates a choice of exactly two possible values, one of which is the negation of the other.
This is my interpretation of a couple trying to survive the insurmountable differences between them.”

Plus Minus Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Julian Ticona Cuba 2017

Website: http://www.the-noise.de/

“In Flanders Fields”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Tim Mountain (2017)

“In Flanders Fields” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Of John McCrae Poem Directed By Tim Mountain.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Tim Mountain

In Flanders Fields Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Tim Mountain 2017

Produced by: Evenlode Films
Narrated by: George Cooper

In Flanders Fields Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Tim Mountain 2017

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae (1915)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Fields Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Tim Mountain 2017

Website: https://www.evenlodefilms.com/

“Alone With Everybody”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Adrián Suárez (2017)

“Alone With Everybody” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Charles Bukowski Directed By Adrián Suárez.

Edited and Directed by: Adrián Suárez

Alone with Everybody Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Adrián Suárez 2017

Production Company: Demente
Executive producer: Juliana Córdoba & Ingrid Beschiroff
Line Producer: Julio Uribe
DOP: David Curto
Original Score: Santiago Ramírez

Actors: Ana Wills & Luis Martín
Sound Design: Real Music
Art Direction: Rodrigo Quintero
Color Gradient: Nataly Yepes
Postproduction Company: LaPost
Styling: Verónica Marel

Alone with Everybody Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Adrián Suárez 2017

Narrated by: Tom O’Bedlam

“Alone With Everybody” by Charles Bukowski

the flesh covers the bone 
and they put a mind 
in there and 
sometimes a soul, 
and the women break 
vases against the walls 
and the men drink too 
much 
and nobody finds the 
one 
but keep 
looking 
crawling in and out 
of beds. 
flesh covers 
the bone and the 
flesh searches 
for more than 
flesh. 

there’s no chance 
at all: 
we are all trapped 
by a singular 
fate. 

nobody ever finds 
the one. 

the city dumps fill 
the junkyards fill 
the madhouses fill 
the hospitals fill 
the graveyards fill 

nothing else 
fills.

Alone with Everybody Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Adrián Suárez 2017

Website: http://www.adriansuarez.net/

 

“Strom”: A Cinematic Promotional Short Film Directed By Robert Andersson (2017)

“Strom” is a Cinematic Promotional Short Film Filmed and Directed By Robert Andersson.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Robert Andersson

Produced by: LinkDirectors

“You always should make sure
You have something to say.
Otherwise, it’s a very sad living.”

Websites: http://www.linkdirectors.com/ 

 

“The Journey”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film On Mary Oliver Poem Directed By Hayden Fortescue (2017)

“The Journey” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film On Mary Oliver Poem Directed By Hayden Fortescue.

Produced and Directed by: Hayden Fortescue

The Journey Cinematic Poem Short Film of Mary Oliver Poem Directed by Hayden Fortescue (2017)

Director of Photography: Zac Gordon
Ronin Operator: Jai Turner
Production Company: VCR Media

Cast: Liam Graham (Figure), Rina Lund (Woman) and
Hayden Fortescue (Shadow)

Narrated by: Loam Graham

The Journey Cinematic Poem Short Film of Mary Oliver Poem Directed by Hayden Fortescue (2017)

“The Journey” by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

The Journey Cinematic Poem Short Film of Mary Oliver Poem Directed by Hayden Fortescue (2017)

Website:  http://www.vcrmedia.com.au/meet-us/

“Hikari”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger (2017)

“Hikari” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Natsuko Kure Directed By Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:   Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger

Hikari Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger 2017

“We came to this earth without words. And in our thoughts we dreamt of the cosmos; looking towards the sky. It was only until we defined it, that we knew what it was. We thought it was unreachable. But we looked back and could see our own footsteps, tracing the path from long ago; where we came from all along. They both meet together at this single point: the end and the beginning. We are born without knowing who we are and we grow our lives to seek the answer to ‘I am’. This video is an epitaph for Hikari-san who’s life was cut short from that struggle.”

Narrated by: NATSUKO KURE

Hikari Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger 2017

“Nothing Stays Forever” by Shuntaro Tanikawa

When I was born, I was nameless
Like a water molecule
But right away I was fed
Vowels mouth to mouth
Consonants tickled my ears
I was called
And pulled away from the cosmos.
Oscillating the atmosphere
Carved into clay tablets.
Inscribed on bamboo
Recorded on sand
I would have loved to lose words
To be a tree singing in the wind
I would have loved to be a cloud
From a hundred thousand years ago
Now I go back to being nameless
With dirt over my eyes,
My ears and my mouth
With stars leading me by the fingers.

Hikari Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger 2017

Website: http://www.mindcastle.tv/films-1/

 

 

 

 

“Face Your Own Beast”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Camille Marotte (2017)

“Face Your Own Beast” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Charles Bukowski Poem Directed By Camille Marotte.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Camille Marotte

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Camera/Lenses: Arri Alexa
Light: Jean-Marie Delorme
Boxer: Christopher Whitlow

Narrated by: Patrick Sweeney

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“Roll the Dice”  by Charles Bukowski

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

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Website:  http://www.camillemarotte.com/