Category Archives: Travel Film

“Home”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Aiman Ali (2021)

“Home” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Aiman Ali.

Concept & Directed By : Aiman Ali
Starring : Chum Darang
Executive Producers : Nupur Guha & Tushar Raut
Senior Producer : Mrudangi Jasani Baidya
Producer : Suraj Shetty
Director of Photography : Yash Khanna
Editor : Priyank Prem Kumar
Music By : Sameer Uddin & Tanuj Tiku

Going the distance is not about how far away will you get, But from what length you are willing to return.

Seldom, we get to do projects crafted with so much perseverance, honesty, and love. Shooting at one of the most humble places in the world – Ladakh and exploring a side we hadn’t seen before, be it the raw beauty of the place or the wholehearted emotions of its people – it was a process that got us close to the feeling of being a Himalayan. Their way of life made us think if we are missing a point when we say we need to go the distance in life. Maybe at times going the distance could mean going back, to your roots. This introspection is what fuelled our latest project ‘Home’ for the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

We would like to thank some really talented minds who got associated with the project because they felt what we felt. It was an ever-evolving collaboration where each crew member brought something special to the film. A project that started with a casual conversation about doing something meaningful to shaping a strong idea and concept, to multiple jamming sessions with some of the best writers in the industry, to finally shooting in the extreme winter conditions of Ladakh (-17°C at 17,000 Feet to be precise), to endless hours on the edit, grade, and music. Yes, it’s been a long journey and a beautiful one.

“Sussex By-The-Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Dan Parkes (2021)

‘Sussex By-The-Sea’ is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Rudyard Kipling Directed By Dan Parkes.

“Sussex by-the-Sea” is a 4K drone film is based on the words of the famous author and Sussex resident Rudyard Kipling’s 1902 poem “Sussex” and explores the East Sussex coastline between Roedean and Beachy Head.

Kipling, author of the “Jungle Book,” first lived in the village of Rottingdean and in 1902 bought 17th-century house “Batemans” in Burwash, East Sussex, where he lived until he died. His poem explored his love of the area, such as the wonders of the coastline and specific landmarks including the Longman of Wilmington and Beachy Head. Locations seen in the film include Roedean, Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Piddinghoe, Tide Mills, Seaford, Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, as well as landmarks such as the Meridian Monument, Litlington White Horse, The Long Man of Wilmington as well as the Newhaven Ferry.

“Sussex” (1902) Poem written by Rudyard Kipling
Narrated by Howard Ellison (howardellison.net/)
Filmed and edited by Dan Parkes (danthecameraman.co.uk/)
Music track: “Carried by the Wind” (licensed)
Music composed by Florian Seraul (tiny-music.com/)

NELLA MIA CITTÀ – IN MY CITY: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Milton Kam (2021)

“NELLA MIA CITTÀ” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Featuring Poem by Anna Toscano Directed by Milton Kam.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Milton Kam

Music by: Federico Toffano (cello), Liesl Odenweller (soprano), and Ivano Zanenghi (lute).

NELLA MIA CITTÀ (In my city) is my visual ode to Venice. The film observes the lagoon city and its residents during the relative scarcity of tourists in its streets. From the lustre of its famous spots to the anonymity of its quiet alleys, Venice feels as if ‘the future did not come,’ to borrow a line from the poem, which the film is based on.

Nella mia città is written by Anna Toscano and was taken from her book Doso la polvere, Milan, La Vita Felice, 2012

IN MY CITY (NELLA MIA CITTÀ) by Anna Toscano

The future does not exist
the future does not come
in my city:
however long my step is
however much you have the favor of the wind
the number 2 does not go more than 22 km per hour.
How to get beyond the past
how not to look back
(at this speed)
with your neck always at three quarters:
time stops in piazzale Roma
so we live entangled
in the stories of peoples.
We stand, happy,
in a rearview mirror.

“With Dust On Your Face As You Strike The Match”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film – Dan Sadgrove (2020)

“With Dust On Your Face As You Strike The Match” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film in Patagonia Directed by Dan Sadgrove.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Dan Sadgrove

Voiceover by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Music by Tim Tregonning
Sound by Morgan Johnson
Color by Mike Rossiter
Aerial by Wade Sedgwick

In early 2019 I spent four months living in a tent at Estancia Ranquilco, a remote horse and cattle ranch nestled deep in the foothills of the Andean mountains in Northern Patagonia, Argentina. Largely stripped of modern conveniences and offering a chance to experience off-grid, communal living, it is both a gentle, and harsh, return to primitiveness.

Yet the magnetic pull from Ranquilco reaches far beyond the realms of sentimentalism. It is not merely a vague summation of its parts. Of earth, water, sun, grass and trees. It is the past as well as the present, built into the stonework and in the footsteps of the worn paths on the last edges of land, hanging on the horizon.

For those devoted to this way of life, it is simply a return to the familiar.

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“New York, still”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Bram VanderMark (2020)

“New York, still” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Bram VanderMark.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Bram VanderMark

Sound Design/Mix: Christian Stropko
Grade: Jacob McKee
Voice Over: Phyllis Lampkin
Script: Elizabeth Moore
Special Thanks: Austin Prahl

A meditation on the beauty that has emerged and remained in New York, when many thought the city’s spirit had all but disappeared.

New York, still
listening to the
hushed softness
of the morning

Not quite noiseless, but
echoing with the elements
of what used to be

Still moving,
and a little unsure
how to breathe
without stopping
to catch our breaths

Still nothing
without the beating hearts
that call this
motley metropolis
molded into neighborhoods
of concrete and iron
home

Still healing,
and becoming gentle
Embracing that we are soft
and made of skin
with velvet
in every breath

Still singing,
the collective shout of
“We’re still here!”
Calling
to the listeners,
the lingerers,
the laborers,
the lonely lovers
who have no choice
but to stay
and to witness
how loneliness keeps us
alive

After the listening,
and the moving,
and the nothing,
and the healing,
and the singing,

New York, still

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“THE HUNT”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Florence By Tommaso Fontanella (2020)

“THE HUNT” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film on the Calcio Storico In Florence By Tommaso Fontanella.

Director/Writer: Tommaso Fontanella

The Hunt Cinematic Poem Short Film on the Calcio Storico in Florence by Tommaso Fontanella 2020

Producer: Oliver Gallini
Filmmaker: Logan Armstrong, Chris Shepherd

Once a year Firenze turns into a battleground. Four neighborhoods, artisans, craftsmen, bus drivers, butchers and tailors turn into warriors fighting for the “hunt”. Once it’s all over everyone comes back together united as one city.

This is the story of Calcio Storico, a tradition that goes back 500 years.

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“I Know My Soul”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Douglas Ratzlaff Bernardt (2020)

“I Know My Soul” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem by Claude McKay  Directed By Douglas Ratzlaff Bernardt.

Director: Douglas Bernardt

Director of Photography: Adolpho Veloso
Editor: Victor Cohen
Colorist: Bleach Films / Sergio Pasqualino

Produced by Stink Films Shanghai
Shot in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I Know My Soul” by Claude McKay (1889 – 1948)

I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
And held it to the mirror of my eye,
To see it like a star against the sky,
A twitching body quivering in space,
A spark of passion shining on my face.
And I explored it to determine why
This awful key to my infinity
Conspires to rob me of sweet joy and grace.
And if the sign may not be fully read,
If I can comprehend but not control,
I need not gloom my days with futile dread,
Because I see a part and not the whole.
Contemplating the strange, I’m comforted
By this narcotic thought: I know my soul.

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“NIÑO – Corse Roadtrip”: A Cinematic Poem Travel Short Film Directed By Sebastian Linda (2020)

“NIÑO – Corse Roadtrip” is Cinematic Poems Travel Short Film In Italy Featuring Poem by Kahlil Gibran Directed by Sebastian Linda.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sebastian Linda

Original Music by: Sebastian Linda (Spotify)

Here is the new music and film from our Roadtrip to the beautiful island of corse.

On the way we listened together as a family to the poetry from Kali Gibran and the Poem “On Children” really stuck with us, while watching the beauty of Corse unfolding in front of our eyes.

I wrote the song about a year ago and recorded it, but I needed more time to understand my inner thoughts to create the combination of reality and fantasy children have.

Maybe some childhood dreams awake from your side. It’s important to create a great life for your children, but don’t forget. Your children, are not your children.

“On Children” by Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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“FØROYAR”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In The Faroe Islands Directed By Stéphane Ridard (2020)

“FØROYAR” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In The Faroe Islands Directed By Stéphane Ridard.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Stéphane Ridard

FØROYAR Cinematic Poem Short Film In The Faroe Islands Directed By Stéphane Ridard. (2020)

Voice : Liah O’Prey
Text : Martin Laugery
Music : Tiernan Piroué
Sound Mix : Noise Ark
Editing & Color Grading : Stéphane Ridard
With Rose Brasselet

“Are we still sleeping or have we woken up ?”

Shot in the Faroe Islands, « Føroyar » is a reflective journey exploring the human sense of wonder when traveling.

FØROYAR Cinematic Poem Short Film In The Faroe Islands Directed By Stéphane Ridard. (2020)

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“Eko Ile” (City Odes): A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Lagos, Nigeria By Sheldon Chau (2020)

Directed, shot, edited by // Sheldon Chau

Produced by // Ella Utomi, Jide Adewale
Poem by // Ntongha Ekot
Starring, voiceover by // Jide Adewale
Music composed by // John Corlis

“EKO ILE” (CITY ODES) A CINEMATIC POEM SHORT FILM IN LAGOS, NIGERIA BY SHELDON CHAU (2020)

“Eko ile”

A man straddles a love-hate relationship with Lagos in which he attempts to not only grasp both the intensity and comfort that the city has to offer, but also to embrace it as his home.

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The City Odes Project is a passion project in which I collaborate with my composer, a poet and an actor to create a humanist, emotional, and visual story amidst the backdrop of a specific city. “Eko ile” is the second entry into this series and takes place in one of the most intense, vibrant, and overwhelming places I have ever been – Lagos, Nigeria.

The title “Eko ile” translates to “Lagos is home” in Yoruba, one of the primary languages in the country. For this piece, I wanted to capture the city in the language I encountered most when I was there – Pidgin English (which is sort of a local slang) as well as plain English, both of which my lead actor Jide Adewale (who also happens to be one of the producers) speaks as he narrates the poem. I wanted to create a character who personifies the feeling of living in Lagos in which the hustle is as real as it gets and the frenetic pace is nonstop. Lagos truly is one of a kind.

The final result here features the work of Ntongha Ekot – a Nigerian poet – who eloquently captures these push-and-pull feelings through her words, and my frequent collaborator John Corlis – an LA-based musician and composer – who complements the poetry with his emotional piano piece “Into the Atmosphere” from his latest album of the same title. My incredible producers Jide and Ella Utomi made it all happen by finding the locations, security and logistics; they took care of me during my memorable time there.

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