Category Archives: Narrated Short Films

“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/

 

“The Wound Is Where The Light Enters”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Somayeh Jafari (2018)

“The Wound Is Where The Light Enters” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Rumi Directed By Somayeh Jafari.

Written, Directed and Edited by: Somayeh Jafari

Executive Producer: Somayeh Jafari
Starring: Tyler Conti and Pippa Christian
Sound Design: Anna Bertmark
Colourist: Thomas Mangham at The Mill
Cinematographer: Annette Remler
Steadicam: David Pulgarin
Gaffer: Daniel Brohawn
On set producer: Michelle Cheung
Art Direction: Beatrice Caltabiano
Make up and hair: Laila Zakaria
Styling: Jay Hines and Daniel Hemsworth
Runner: Steven Parks

Poem read by: Tyler Conti and Asya Satti

“A creative short by member Somayeh Jafari, ‘The wound is where the light enters’ explores the push and pull between love and hate.”

Excerpts from Poems by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

We are
Wounded healers
Illuminated brokenness
Poets and sages tell us:
        The Wound is where the Light enters you.
I look at my own heart
and see scars
   scars piled on scars
The scars tell me 
I lived through it all
and grew.
I survived.
Even thrived.

The wound
the injury
and the healing
are now all a part of me.     
I pause now
at all the broken windows

Website: https://www.somewherefilms.com/work

 

 

“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/