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“A Search For Home”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Willem van den Heever (2019)

“A Search For Home” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Willem van den Heever.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Willem van den Heever

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

Original Music by: Franco Prinsloo
Performed by: Vox Chamber Choir
Featuring: Palmer & Kieran Bridgland
Voices by: Amber and Albert Retief
Final sound mix by Dawid De Villiers

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

Poetry by: NP Van Wyk Louw

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

“In recent years my restless wanderings around the globe started bringing up a lot of questions within. I started noticing a like-minded generation who left “home” in exchange for the world and perhaps in search of something yet to be found.

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

A Search For Home is a visual poetic piece exploring these questions of what “home” really is. Filmed over the course of my travels through South-East Asia in 2019.”

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

Website: https://www.willemfilms.com/

 

“Shadow Of A Hurricane”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Sandra Winther (2019)

“Shadow Of A Hurricane” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film in Puerto Rico Featuring Poet Victor Hernández Cruz Directed By Sandra Winther.

Directed by: Sandra Winther

Shadow Of A Hurricane Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Sandra Winther (2019)

Director of Photography: Daniel Stewart
Editor: Ben Suenaga
Music and Sound Design: Raphaël Ajuelos
Production Company: New Land x Iconoclast
Executive Producers: Tjor Brammer Jacobsen and Nils Schwemer
Producers: Sara Samsoe and Katrine Juul Svendsgaard

“This film celebrates a place I’ve come to know well over the years,” says Sandra Winther, the Danish filmmaker kicking off Survival Season—our program of films profiling the consequences of climate change. “Puerto Rico is home to passionate people, packed with mountains, caves, bays and reefs. Enclosed by bright blue water, this enchanting island bursts with the grit of life.”

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, it took the lives of 3000 people and left the island without water and electricity. As the catastrophic effects of climate change continue to threaten every continent, islands have become the most at risk.

 

Puerto Rico, the 1949 poem by Victor Hernández Cruz that extols the virtues of the US territory lays the foundation for Winther’s film. The New York-based director pairs Cruz’s words with moving images of the people, homes and landscapes that belong to the island. “Shadow of a Hurricane captures the striking duality of Puerto Rico,” she says. “It’s a place of both beauty and loss.”

Puerto Rican culture may be unassailable but the island’s infrastructure continues to be vulnerable. Shadow of a Hurricane alludes to this by juxtaposing high-spirited street scenes with remnants of the hurricane’s devastation.

Shadow Of A Hurricane Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Sandra Winther (2019)

“Following what is considered to be the deadliest natural disaster to hit the island, the population has come together to rebuild as much as they can, as fast as they can,” says Winther. “But the threat still looms, not just here but amongst all coastal communities around the globe.”

Shadow of a Hurricane forms part of Survival Season, our special program charting the impact of human exploitation of the earth. Taking inspiration from the four classical elements—earth, air, water, fire—the films profile weather-beaten islands, the desolation of the earth’s natural resources, oceans clogged with plastics, and fires that rage as a consequence of global warning. Each film is a creative response to the harrowing effects of climate change, while reminding audiences that only humanity can be the fulcrum for transformation.”

Shadow Of A Hurricane Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Sandra Winther (2019)

“Puerto Rico” by Victor Hernández Cruz

Born on a turf
a medieval remnant
Owned by the United States
it was almost water
So minute the earthen formation,
barely rock,
a swift of natura intention
geologic lift forgot the mud load
as the rising slow, eruption
popped
peep there it is piedra Caribe,
world mapmakers save
on the ink,
what minuscule elaboration
bays, lakes,
hidden caves
landscape, chains of mountains
opening blue neck of sky
mounted glued
alongside other Hispano-Caribbean isles
Santo Domingo/embracing Haiti
Cuba bird snake long.
Spanish-African movement.
the Federation which
Betances the doctor clambered for
the Hispania Antilles,
intellectual political Independence.
Some letter bestowing Puerto Rico
sovereignty
from the Spanish Crown
the United States no desire
to open that envelope.
Betances visionary mestizo
Paris his doctors’ foot.
The epoch of gold
when on the island with my son
we made home,
in the neighborhood of
the tobacconists
Aguas Buenas
on a street called Antorcha
a socialist flame
of the independentistas
workers barrio of chichales.
My family there Generations.
The mornings waking my son
for school,
watching him become a man,
awakening sense to life,
his first girl kisses
that pretty brown girl
primer girlfriend
I spotted them once
wrapped round each other,
like two bacalaito fritters
tangled,
later my mother cooked
Red beans and plantain tostones
along with yellow rice sparked with corn,
The island was this sofrito flavor for me,
bolero music of my mother
she grew sadness with the lyrics
wondering of all the lost loves,
memories illusions making
efforts to materialize,
see them almost
like bridges hanging out
from her eyes.
Days were
found her in tears
lonely in her room
Fragrance of Florida water
circulating blue colcha,
picture of her mother
and father above bed,
nothing was ever coming,
the only future was the end.
The Caribbean is everywhere
lost within us,
trapped in kitsch glorious
rooms of plasticity jails,
so much grime ‘’tween
the beauty contra-la-danza,
René Marqués our writer
Belched out
“Condenao mar, tanta agua
Y no limpia nah”
Through the bullets
flying now in panoramic tropical
scenarios,
Mother kept singing,
as esperanza, gently vibrato
hope like a white 
Garza landing upon a cadaver.
Humming
songsforever
soothing.
convinced
she would meet
everyone she knew
in heaven again.
Singing boleros
café con leche,
Pastelillos de Guayaba.
To the bad times,
give a happy face,
place a red amapola
in your black dark hair.
Revive the mummies,
the dead,
burst the bodies
out of the coffins
let’s all walk to the plaza
this final time
paint with silver starlight
the ancient songs
in night sky,
Rain Again
What never commenced
Comes to a finale. 
Shadow Of A Hurricane Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Sandra Winther (2019)

“King Of The Open Field”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By James Partridge (2019)

“King Of The Open Field” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Delfín Sánchez Juárez Directed By James Partridge.

Produced and Directed by: James Partridge

King Of The Open Field Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By James Partridge 2019

Producer: Mariana Piña Marin
Cinematography by: Gerardo Guerra
Editor: James Stubbs

Voice Over: Pablo Barba Rodríguez
Poem: Delfín Sánchez Juárez

Sound Design: Fred Pearson
Colourist: Thomas Mangham
Production Manager / 1st AD: Julio Bobadilla
1st AC/Focus Puller: Jorge Salas
2nd AC / Best Boy: Friedman Valencia
Drone Pilot: Antonio Bayardo
DIT: Joe Castañeda
Edit Producer: Nikki Porter
Post Production: Final Cut
Sound Producer: Matej Oreskovic
Sound Production: Machine Sound
Colour Producer: Ellie Thwaites and Sam Wood

King Of The Open Field Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By James Partridge 2019

“King of the Open Field, a sensuous look at the Mexican Charro. Galloping horses, wild bulls and misty landscapes; a mythic horseman on the horizon performing a brutal dance between man and beast, keeping centuries old traditions alive.”

King Of The Open Field Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By James Partridge 2019

Website: https://jamespartridge.com/

 

 

“Letters Home – Eric Ravilious”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019)

“Letters Home – Eric Ravilious” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams.

Produced, Written and Directed by: Andy Williams

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

 

Editing and Cinematography: James King
Co-Writer: Selso Xisto
Graphics by: Simon Kristall
Audio Recording by: Offset Audio
Production Company: Vamonos Productions

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

Actress (Tirzah Garwood): Nia Roberts

Voice of Eric Ravilious: Tom Bateman

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

“The Illustrator, designer and painter, Eric Ravilious, became a war artist in 1939. This film is inspired by the letters he wrote home to his wife and fellow artist Tirzah Garwood.”

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

It was more lovely than words can say,
Flying over the moors today in an open plane.
Just floating on great, curly clouds.
Perfectly still and cool.

The lighthouse at Beachy Head,
An immense bar of light is
Splendid and must be done.

How I love the South Downs in winter.
I love its definite shapes, its
Bleached greens and browns so attuned
To the stiff brush of my watercolors.

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

Watch the “long version” below:

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

Website: https://www.behance.net/vamonos

“Journey Of Light With Albert Watson – Japan”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo Directed By Ryan Mcguire (2019)

“Journey Of Light With Albert Watson – Japan” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo For BMW Directed By Ryan Mcguire.

EDITED AND DIRECTED BY: Ryan Mcguire

Journey Of Light With Albert Watson - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo For BMW Directed By Ryan Mcguire (2019)

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Žiga Zupančič
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Cutters Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: AML

ART DIRECTOR: David Morgan (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
ASSISTANT CREATOR: Freddy Capogreco (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
STORY DIRECTORS: Ryan Mcguire, David Morgan (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
LEAD PRODUCER: Kyohei Fujita (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
ASSISTANT PRODUCERS: Setsuna Go (Cutters Studios Tokyo), Anna Liu
LEAD DESIGNER: Käthrine Yan (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
1ST AC: Jymi Best
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY: Yusaku Yasuda (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
COLORIST: Matic Prusnik
COLOR ASSISTANT: Karol Kaczorowski (Cutters Studios Tokyo)
SOUND DESIGNER/MIXER: Mike Regan
COMPOSER: Sam Billen
MUSIC HOUSE: Primary Color Music
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Aoi Matsumura, Kakeru Takeuchi (Cutters Studios Tokyo)

Journey Of Light With Albert Watson - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo For BMW Directed By Ryan Mcguire (2019)

KYOYO UNIT
LINE PRODUCER: Yoji Yamaguchi
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Ryuichi Sawada
GAFFER: Haruki Ohori
GRIP: Shingo Yamamoto, Yuya Mita
LOCATION MANAGER: Tetsuya Hayashi, Munehira Takada
PRECISION DRIVER: Tetsuya Hayashi
SOUND RECORDIST: Ken Harada
INTERVIEWERS: Ryan Mcguire, David Morgan
ART DEPARTMENT: Kana Ueno
DRIVERS: Dai Inada, Yuya Suminokura

Journey Of Light With Albert Watson - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo For BMW Directed By Ryan Mcguire (2019)

“JOURNEY OF LIGHT (EPISODE 2) is a BMW FILM shot in Japan/Kyoto. It’s a celebration of the legendary portrait photographer Albert Watson and how he sees the world.”

Journey Of Light With Albert Watson - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo For BMW Directed By Ryan Mcguire (2019)

Watch “JOURNEY OF LIGHT WITH ALBERT WATSON – NEW YORK” BELOW:

Website: http://www.zigaman.co/

“Human Architecture”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Karim Shaaban (2019)

“Human Architecture” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Karim Shaaban.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Karim Shaaban

Human Architecture Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Karim Shaaban 2019

Written by: Jana el Sokkary
VO: David Warner
Sound Design: Fady Garas & Gareth Wood
Sound Mix: Gareth Wood
Music: Khaled El Kammar
Sound Studio: The Sound Company UK
Grading: Ahmed Essam

Human Architecture Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Karim Shaaban 2019

“Cities breathe. They are as alive and individualistic as people. They change from heaviness to lightness and lightness to heaviness in the speed of thought and bring out different sides of inhabitants to the surface.

They are life set in concrete, listen closely and you will hear them sigh.

Through the film, I wanted to make a visual comparison between lightness and heaviness. I travelled to Iceland and Hong Kong trying to visually understand what does it mean to be heavy and busy and compare it to emptiness and lightness.”

Human Architecture Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Karim Shaaban 2019

Cities are People.
Some are older than sin.
Others are insecure,
And fickle adolescents
Learning which roads to cross.
No road signs anywhere,
Just streets stretching ahead
Like millions of veins to
Keep us going to wherever
Home is.

Human Architecture Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Karim Shaaban 2019

Website: http://www.karimshaaban.com/humanarch

“Call Of The Wild”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Tribute To Earth Day By Eric Larsen (2019)

“Call Of The Wild” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Service Directed By Eric Larsen.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Eric Larsen

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

“The love and concern for our environment is something I have always known. Growing up in Wisconsin, I was outside as much as possible – camping fishing, riding my bike… But back then, my mind didn’t stretch much farther than my own backyard. For that, I credit writers like Farley Mowat, Sigurd Olsen, Barry Lopez and many others who were able to describe places of which I barely knew existed. They were some of my biggest sources of inspiration and their words instilled a longing to experience true wilderness for myself. But Robert Service’s ‘The Call of the Wild’, more than any of the others, stirred an unrelenting aching to grab my pack and go.

As a tribute to Robert Service’s eloquent words as well as the planet that is the foundation of both our dreams and health, I gathered up footage from the past eight years and five continents for an Earth Day tribute featuring some of Service’s lines. And if you think this video and poem might inspire someone else, please share it.

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

In the years since I discovered ‘The Call of the Wild’, I feel that I have lived each line tenfold. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need a reminder that the fate of our planet is in our hands. Earth day is a good start. But our efforts to reduce waste and pollution, curb greenhouse gas emissions, protect endangered species or remove plastic from our oceans should not end when the clock strikes midnight. There are a lot of great environmental organizations doing important work on behalf of our planet and I suggest that you support one or two or more. Of course, we need to take responsibility for our own actions as well. The environmental crises we face today are not problems for someone else to solve and we all need to make significant efforts on both the individual and global level.

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

I’ve spent several Earth Day’s on the Arctic Ocean either at, or very near, the North Pole. On April 22nd, 2010, I wrote this, “The weather started out relatively calm but the wind steadily increased to what I would consider near brutal proportions. We skied with our down parkas at times. Brrr. I guess it was the Arctic Ocean’s fun little way to remind us who’s in charge around here.”

So often on my expeditions, I feel insignificant and afraid, barely withstanding the extremes of our planet. But today, we all venture into uncharted territory. Human beings have an unprecedented ability to change and alter our environment. While we all need resources to be able to live and survive, which resources we use, how we use them and if they’re renewable or not should be cornerstone to every decision we make.’

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

“The Call Of The Wild” by Robert Service

Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there’s nothing else to gaze on,
Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,
Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it,
Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost?
Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God’s sake go and do it;
Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost.

Have you wandered in the wilderness, the sagebrush desolation,
The bunch-grass levels where the cattle graze?
Have you whistled bits of rag-time at the end of all creation,
And learned to know the desert’s little ways?
Have you camped upon the foothills, have you galloped o’er the ranges,
Have you roamed the arid sun-lands through and through?
Have you chummed up with the mesa? Do you know its moods and changes?
Then listen to the Wild — it’s calling you.

Have you known the Great White Silence, not a snow-gemmed twig aquiver?
(Eternal truths that shame our soothing lies.)
Have you broken trail on snowshoes? mushed your huskies up the river,
Dared the unknown, led the way, and clutched the prize?
Have you marked the map’s void spaces, mingled with the mongrel races,
Felt the savage strength of brute in every thew?
And though grim as hell the worst is, can you round it off with curses?
Then hearken to the Wild — it’s wanting you.

Have you suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down, yet grasped at glory,
Grown bigger in the bigness of the whole?
“Done things” just for the doing, letting babblers tell the story,
Seeing through the nice veneer the naked soul?
Have you seen God in His splendors, heard the text that nature renders?
(You’ll never hear it in the family pew.)
The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things —
Then listen to the Wild — it’s calling you.

They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,
They have soaked you in convention through and through;
They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching —
But can’t you hear the Wild? — it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go. 

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

Website: http://www.ericlarsenexplore.com/updates

 

 

“The Place The Sun Sets”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed By Peter Davies (2019)

“The Place The Sun Sets” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed By Peter Davies.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Peter Davies

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

Voiceover written by: Jack Davidson
Cinematography by: Nuri Moseinco and Peter Davies
Sound Design by: Peter Davies and Charlie Allen
Featuring the voice of: Catherine Kohl
Music by: Ryan Taubert, courtesy of Musicbed
Colour grade by: Mike Keelin
Additional GFX support from: Priit Paluuma, Kit Taylor and Nuri Moseinco
Local guide and fixer from: Abdelhadi Razzouk from goadventuresmorocco.com/
Poster by: Matthew White from Supergrizzly.tv

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

“When you’ve lived as long as I have,
You will recognize the things that come again.
Now you only see their new disguises
I look for signs in the bottom of my cup,
And between the lines left by desert winds.”

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

“Filmed over 11 days throughout Morocco from busy Fez to beautiful Merzouga, through to Essaouira by the sea and back to Marrakech – this is a short representation of what Morocco felt like to me.”

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

Website: https://vimeo.com/user5024074

“Go All The Way”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By David Guersan and Florian Cioffi (2019)

“Go All The Way” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film tribute to Charles Bukowski Directed By David Guersan and Florian Cioffi.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: David Guersan and Florian Cioffi

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

Produced by: Wild Horses
Music by: Fjodor (“We”)
Starring: Thibaut Branquart and Team 66 Nord
Narrated by: Tom O’Bedlam

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

“In tribute to Charles Bukowski, it is by being in the extreme North of the planet that his words inspired us …

An inspirational storytelling film illustrated by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi while filming a 52 minutes documentary about a french Musher’s dream.
A film directed by Thibaut Branquart and David Guersan for Wild Horses Production.”

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

“Roll The Dice” by Charles Bukowski

roll the dice

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.

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

Website: http://www.davidguersan.com/go-all-the-way

 

 

“Memory Iceland”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum (2019)

“Memory Iceland” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Joseph Meldrum

Memory Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum 2019

Cinematography and Drone Operator: Jared Langmaid
Music by:  Moritz Wanger
Drums – PJ Ciarla
Drum Recordist – Antione Cotton

Memory Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum 2019

“Cold, hard, wet and rugged. These are the textures of Iceland. Dedicated to Bow Smit.”

“I know you are out there somewhere.
I see glimpses of you there…

Like you left pieces of yourself
For us to find.”

Memory Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum 2019

Website: https://www.faunfilms.com/film