Category Archives: Narrated Short Films

“Salam Pakistan”: A Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland (2020)

“Salam Pakistan – From the Arabian Sea to the Northern Highlands” is a Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland.

Filmed, Edited, Grading & Sound Design: Neal Howland

Salam Pakistan - From the Arabian Sea to the Northern Highlands Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland 2020.

Co-Directed by: Mukhtar Zaidi
Assistant Directors: Salman Yousaf and Syed Faizan
DOP and Aerial: Zain Ul Abdeen and Amad Somi
Music by: MaxLL

When we told our friends and family about our decision to travel to Pakistan for work, some of them asked us if we were crazy, while others asked: “Is it safe to go there?”.

Salam Pakistan - From the Arabian Sea to the Northern Highlands Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland 2020.

Let me show you what we witnessed. A place that, in my experience, eluded completely the distorted Western media depictions. Explore the real faces and real stories of Pakistan.

Traveling in Pakistan is an experience that is truly unique, enlightening, life-changing and, more often than not, beautifully surprising. We’re grateful for the wonderful experience, genuine hospitality, new friends, and beautiful memories.

Voice and excerpts from writings by Alan Watts

Go back to your childhood. What were the fascinating things?
What’s out there? What’s beyond the stars?
How long does it go on?
And mama said, “It goes on always and always and always.”
The child wonders it’s exciting that this is something that
never ends…Then the child asks about time…
How long ago was long ago?.

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“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

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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

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Website: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metcollects/why-born-enslaved-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.

Website for more information: https://vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-a-getty-commissioned-short-by-matthew-miller/

“BuildingBridges”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI (2019)

“BuildingBridges” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI.

Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI

Written by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI & CODY CHRISTENSEN
Produced by MIRKO PROHASKA & JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI
Director of Photography FELIX REICHERT
B Camera Operator & Animation VALENTIN RAPP
Production Designer BARBARA PEISL

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

CAST
Pilot of German ballon TIM TAYLOR
Pilot of American Ballon ZACHARY BRAMBLE
Hitchhiker Girl BARBARA PEISL
Hitchhiker Boy LEVI ALLEN

CREW
Production Supervisor LISA GHIO
Production Assistant ALEXANDER SCHULZ
Property Master RONNY BIARD

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

 

High above the sacred Navajo land of Monument Valley, two hot air balloons float, circling each other as if in a dance. One carries the German flag, the other that of the United States. A closer look reveals that the balloons are not only tethered together, but that a person is walking on this thin, connecting line.

This is the sight that the protagonist of the short film #buildingbridges beholds, as he steps out of his humble Utah home and looks up at the sky. An old and lonely man, he finds his own courage through the actions of these strangers.

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

This balancing act in movie form by the young creative agency One Inch Dreams (oneinchdreams.com) was commissioned by the German Embassy as a tribute to German-American friendship.

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

watch the documentary of BuildingBridges here: vimeo.com/376121031

“The Mushroom Hunters”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Written By Neil Gaiman, Directed By Caroline Rudge (2019)

“The Mushroom Hunters” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film With Original Poem Written By Neil Gaiman, Directed By Caroline Rudge.

Artwork, Animation, Direction and Storyboard by: Caroline Rudge

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

Production, Storyboard and Additional Mushrooms: Alexandra Casswell Becker
Editing and Special Effects: Dann Casswell

The Mushroom Hunters Original Poem by: Neil Gaiman

Read by: Amanda Palmer

Bass, Percussion, Vibraphone, Piano and Original Score by: Jherek Bischoff
Cello: Aniela Marie Perry
Violin: Paris Hurley
Viola: Marta Sofia Honer
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jherek Bischoff at Sweethaven

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS
by Neil Gaiman

Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.

In the old times, they say, the men came already fitted with brains
designed to follow flesh-beasts at a run,
to hurdle blindly into the unknown,
and then to find their way back home when lost
with a slain antelope to carry between them.
Or, on bad hunting days, nothing.

The women, who did not need to run down prey,
had brains that spotted landmarks and made paths between them
left at the thorn bush and across the scree
and look down in the bole of the half-fallen tree,
because sometimes there are mushrooms.

Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers.
Then a flint pestle to smash, to crush, to grind or break.

And sometimes men chased the beasts
into the deep woods,
and never came back.

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.
Others will kill us if we eat them raw,
and kill us again if we cook them once,
but if we boil them up in spring water, and pour the water away,
and then boil them once more, and pour the water away,
only then can we eat them safely. Observe.

Observe childbirth, measure the swell of bellies and the shape of breasts,
and through experience discover how to bring babies safely into the world.

Observe everything.

And the mushroom hunters walk the ways they walk
and watch the world, and see what they observe.
And some of them would thrive and lick their lips,
While others clutched their stomachs and expired.
So laws are made and handed down on what is safe. Formulate.

The tools we make to build our lives:
our clothes, our food, our path home…
all these things we base on observation,
on experiment, on measurement, on truth.

And science, you remember, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe,
based on observation, experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe these facts.

The race continues. An early scientist
drew beasts upon the walls of caves
to show her children, now all fat on mushrooms
and on berries, what would be safe to hunt.

The men go running on after beasts.

The scientists walk more slowly, over to the brow of the hill
and down to the water’s edge and past the place where the red clay runs.
They are carrying their babies in the slings they made,
freeing their hands to pick the mushrooms.

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

This poem was written by Neil Gaiman and read by Amanda Palmer for Maria Popova’s “The Universe In Verse” event in 2017 (you can read about that here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04…).

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

The brilliant team at creative connection in the UK hand-drew this animated video to accompany the poem, and the music was composed and recorded by jherek bischoff. read about the making of this whole film on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31517040

“You Will Not Have My Hatred”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Lightelm (2019)

“The Letter – You Will Not Have My Hatred”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Lightelm.

Edited and Directed by: Salomon Lightelm

The Letter - You Will Not Have My Hatred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Leightelm 2019

Words by: Antoine Leiris
Cinematographer: Zack Spiger
Production Co.: Gang Films
Music Score: AWVFTS

Filmed at: Chateaux Fontainebleau

The Letter - You Will Not Have My Hatred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Leightelm 2019

“I vividly remember the morning I read these powerful words for the first time. It was a cold November afternoon and a friend of mine had shared it on Instagram. As I was reading, I glanced over at my son playing in the living room – he was 17 months old, and I started coming undone. My wife looked over at me and I couldn’t speak, I just handed her the phone, and she also just came undone. These words had stuck with me for 4 years and they haven’t let go of me. How can a man, who had suffered so much, have a such a spirit of resilience and grace? Thank you Antoine Leiris for seeing the world unlike how most people see it – for showing a way that flows in the opposite direction of hate, and retaliation. Its words like yours that change the world. This film is a contemplative meditation on those words, be patient with it.”

The Letter - You Will Not Have My Hatred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Leightelm 2019

Website: http://www.ligthelm.work/

“Dear Enemy – The Journey Of Bashir”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Arne Totz (2019)

“Dear Enemy – The Journey Of Bashir” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Arne Totz.

Directed by: Arne Totz

Dear Enemy - The Journey Of Bashir Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Arne Totz (2019)

Production Company: Friends & Fellows
Director of Photography: Paul Meyers
Editor: Matt Osborne
Colorist: Marina Starke
VFX: NHB Munich
Composer: Jakob Balogh
Sound Designer: David Herbst
Copywriter: Arne Totz, Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus
Voice Over Artist: Isaac Simba

Dear Enemy - The Journey Of Bashir Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Arne Totz (2019)
Title Graphic Design: David Herbst
1st AC: Adrian Kuchenreuther
Producer: Thomas Rentschler, Tobias Bucher
Service Production: Talking Film Uganda
Service Producer: Derrick Kibisi, Paul Kabango, Sam Etiang
Production Assistant: John Oryang

Dear Enemy - The Journey Of Bashir Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Arne Totz (2019)

 

“An abstract visual journey based on the true story of Bashir Ramathan.”

Dear Enemy - The Journey Of Bashir Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Arne Totz (2019)

Website: https://friendsandfellows.com/work/dear-enemy/

“Oboé”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Vinicius Naldi (2019)

“Oboé” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film about Alzheimer’s Written and Directed by Vinicius Naldi.

Written and Directed by: Vinicius Naldi

Oboe Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Vinicius Naldi (2019)

Produced by: Chris Lewis and Sardor Kazi
Cinematography by: Bryce Lansing
Edited by: Victor Jory
Music by: Roger Lima at WhiteNoiseLab
Graded by: Matt Osborne at The Mill
Production Company: The Mill

Oboe Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Vinicius Naldi (2019)

Executive Producer: Ben Leiser
Story: Stefano Matteo
Lidar Scan: Freddy Parra Jr.
Aerial Cinematography: Skyecam

Dancers: Morgan Quinn, Lydia Purvesware
Choreographer: Raquel Fratinelli
Actress: Barbara Pergament
Voice Over: Victoria Hogan
Casting: Michael Beaudry
Storyboard: Marcus Park

Oboe Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Vinicius Naldi (2019)

“I used to think that this
Was the end of my story.
Memories became strange things.
They don’t work as they once did.
We are all bound by time,
By its order.”

“Oboé is a visual poem that features the story of an Alzheimer’s patient.
Using contemporary dance, we navigate through her memories, showing moments between heart and mind.

Static noise fragments come and go as she tries to piece the present together. All for the rush of living those again. Heart and Mind share individual moments being in control, dancing by themselves.
Dance and touch are used in a way to navigate and trigger feelings. I wanted to investigate the relation between memories and movement.”

Oboe Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Vinicius Naldi (2019)

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vnaldi/

“Passion”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Christian Fleischer (2019)

“Passion” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Christian Fleischer.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Christian Fleischer

Passion Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Christian Fleischer 2019

Actress, Narrator, Writer and Co-Director: Yvonne Seelensängerin

Passion Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Christian Fleischer 2019

“When everything inside suddenly gets darker,
fear escapes the corners and angles of your being
and you just fall down…
So there is only one thing left. Accept.
Dedication to what is – a way of self-empowerment in life.”

A documentary portrait film / poetryfilm about Yvonne Seelensängerin, shot on several days over a period of 1 year.

Passion Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Christian Fleischer 2019

Website: https://singheilsam.de/heilsame-wegbegleitung/prozessbegleitung/

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“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/