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“In Between Words”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In New York City By Sheldon Chau (2018)

“In Between Worlds” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In New York City Featuring Poet Lilian Mehrei Directed by Sheldon Chau.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sheldon Chau

Music Composed by: John Corlis
Piano: John Corlis
Violin: Gustavo Eiriz
Actress: Achiaa Prempeh
Narrated by: Achiaa Prempeh

“A woman looks for her place in New York City as she contemplates the meaning of “home.”

The City Odes Project is a passion project in which my composer and I will collaborate with a poet and an actor to create a humanist, emotional, and visual story amidst the backdrop of a particularly city. “In Between Words” is the first of many to come, and kicks off this series in the city I currently reside in – New York City. The narrative was birthed out of an eagerness to collaborate with Achiaa, my actress, who now lives in New York and is originally from Ghana. In speaking with her, I decided to pursue a story about someone searching for home; a woman who is figuring out if NYC is the place for her, who is coming to terms that she is 5,000 miles away from her original home in West Africa, and thus easing out tensions with her mother, who of course wants her to return. The final result here features the work of Lilian Mehrel – a fellow filmmaker and classmate of mine back at NYU Grad Film school – who captures these feelings through her words, and my frequent collaborator John Corlis – an LA-based musician and composer – who complements the poetry with his mixture of piano and strings.”

“In Between Words” by Lilian Mehrei

Where am I?
Check the map. What’s a map, anyway? 
An alphabet. 
Spelling out spaces
In between words.

When you carve lines in a concrete jungle,
The dust particles remain. They stain
The people with grit
Glittering their teeth.

When I was little, my mother told me
My great-grandfather was the head of our tribe.
What’s a tribe? I asked.
He was like the king of our village, she told me.
Are you the queen now? I asked.

Yes Queen, says a handsome woman walking by.

Excuse me, do you know which way is north?
I squint up at the scrapers of the sky. 
They look down at their fireflies.

My eyes blink for a rest. I need to go
Underground.
I enter the arteries 
To flow with bodies as one.
Noon or midnight, there is no time here.

I balance, suspended halfway 
Between North and South.
There is no fullness,
There is no stillness.

I cross the street. I cross my heart.
I cross my mother, one too many times.
Why don’t you come home? She says.
What is home? I say.
There are too many people there, she says.
There’s nobody to bother me, I say.

When it’s too much
I slip in the small spaces.

Can you find me on a map?
Look, there – that eyelash that fell,
Between 6th and 7th avenue, that’s me.

Where are you? My mother calls me.
I’m on 6th and a half avenue, I say.
What?

You don’t believe me?
Look on the map. It’s really there.

Website: http://www.sheldonchau.com/

 

“Grey Walls”: A Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film In Ghana Directed By Michael Kunke (2019)

“Grey Walls” is a Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film in Ghana Directed by Michael Kunke.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Michael Kunke

Grey Walls Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Directed By Michael Kunke (2018)

Drone Spotter: Robert Kane
Music: “Farewell” by Tino Danielzik
Studio Sound by: Daniel Teye and Elsie Addo
Narrated by: Nana Nyarko Boateng

“#GreyWalls is a #videotry (Video+Poetry) film that is based on the complex slave trade and the Elmina Castle. “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors, for they knew death was better than bondage” #Skytango #LemonDrone #Castle #Elmina #Slave #yearofreturn #slavetrade”

Elmina Castle is a white-washed Medieval Castle on the coast of Ghana. It was the first – and for many centuries – the largest, European building constructed in tropical Africa. Yet its grandeur, as well as its picturesque surroundings with blue skies, sandy beaches, and tropical palms, disguise a dark history – Elmina Castle was the last place that thousands of African slaves would ever see of their homeland. Many horrors transpired within the walls of the fortress, which have never been erased by time.

Grey Walls Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Directed By Michael Kunke (2018)

Excerpt of “Grey Walls” by Nana Nyarko Boateng

The ocean is bonded in freedom
Crashing past into present
Telling of our future
Loudly, quietly.

These grey walls you see
Exchange stories with the sea;
Of faces in the sky
And secrets in the water.

Invisible feet of guards
Patrol what has left us,
What is left here
Quietly, endlessly.

Grey Walls Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Directed By Michael Kunke (2018)

Article about film: http://www.blagogee.com/michael-kunkes-gray-wall-hits-final-at-gary-international-black-film-festival/

Website: https://www.facebook.com/mikunke/?tn-str=k*F

 

 

 

“Spell Of Alaska”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Aiden Ulrich (2019)

“Spell Of Alaska” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert W. Service Directed By Aiden Ulrich.

Filmed and Directed by: Aiden Ulrich

Produced by: Eric Sales
Executive Producers: Annelise Loevlie and Ben Anderson
Design by: Sam Winship
Sound Mixing by: Jacob Callaghan
Second Camera: Yancy Caldwell and Spencer Cordovano

Skiing by: Whit Boucher, Scotty Vermerris and Owen Leeper

“A self-reflection on the dismality and duality of searching for gold and skiing in Alaska. Some of the highest highs and lowest lows, one doesn’t always strike gold.

A film by Aiden Ulrich, Produced by Eric Sales, Executive Producers Annelise Loevlie, and Ben Anderson, Design by Sam Winship, Sound Mixing by Jacob Callaghan, Second Camera Yancy Caldwell, Spencer Cordovano, Skiing by Whit Boucher, Scotty Vermerris, and Owen Leeper.

“Spell of Alaska” The first second film of the Return to Nature series from Icelantic Skis.”

“The Spell of the Yukon” by Robert W. Service (1874-1958)

I wanted the gold, and I sought it;
   I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy—I fought it;
   I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it— 
   Came out with a fortune last fall,— 
Yet somehow life’s not what I thought it,
   And somehow the gold isn’t all.
No! There’s the land. (Have you seen it?)
   It’s the cussedest land that I know,
From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it
   To the deep, deathlike valleys below.
Some say God was tired when He made it;
   Some say it’s a fine land to shun;
Maybe; but there’s some as would trade it
   For no land on earth—and I’m one.
You come to get rich (damned good reason);
   You feel like an exile at first;
You hate it like hell for a season,
   And then you are worse than the worst.
It grips you like some kinds of sinning;
   It twists you from foe to a friend;
It seems it’s been since the beginning;
   It seems it will be to the end.
I’ve stood in some mighty-mouthed hollow
   That’s plumb-full of hush to the brim;
I’ve watched the big, husky sun wallow
   In crimson and gold, and grow dim,
Till the moon set the pearly peaks gleaming,
   And the stars tumbled out, neck and crop;
And I’ve thought that I surely was dreaming,
   With the peace o’ the world piled on top.
The summer—no sweeter was ever;
   The sunshiny woods all athrill;
The grayling aleap in the river,
   The bighorn asleep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness;
   The wilds where the caribou call;
The freshness, the freedom, the farness—
   O God! how I’m stuck on it all.
The winter! the brightness that blinds you,
   The white land locked tight as a drum,
The cold fear that follows and finds you,
   The silence that bludgeons you dumb.
The snows that are older than history,
   The woods where the weird shadows slant;
The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,
   I’ve bade ’em good-by—but I can’t.
There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,
   And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
   And deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
   There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There’s a land—oh, it beckons and beckons,
   And I want to go back—and I will.
They’re making my money diminish;
   I’m sick of the taste of champagne.
Thank God! when I’m skinned to a finish
   I’ll pike to the Yukon again.
I’ll fight—and you bet it’s no sham-fight;
   It’s hell!—but I’ve been there before;
And it’s better than this by a damsite—
   So me for the Yukon once more.
There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;
   It’s luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting
   So much as just finding the gold.
It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder,
   It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
   It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.

Article on the film: https://freeskier.com/videos/icelantic-return-to-nature-spell-of-alaska

Website: https://www.aidenulrich.com/

https://vimeo.com/icelanticskis

“LOST_Ephemeral Love”: A Cinematic Poem Promo Short Film Directed By Daniele di Francesco And Daniele Pelacani (2019)

“LOST_Ephemeral Love” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film in Italy Featuring Poem by Pablo Neruda Directed By Daniele di Francesco And Daniele Pelacani.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Daniele di Francesco and Daniele Pelacani

Sound Design by: Enrico Signore
Photography by: Nicole Colwell
Produced by: EmotionalMovie.com

Actors: Linda Maestrini and Giacomo Foli

Read by: Tom O’Bedlam

“Fire, water, earth, air and LOVE… the fifth etheric element.
It’s a story inspired by the poem “Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines” of Pablo Neruda.

Filmed on PIANOSA Island, Italy.

“Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines” by Pablo Neruda

Write, for example,’The night is shattered
and the blue stars shiver in the distance.’

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

She loved me sometimes, and I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
The night is shattered and she is not with me.

This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.
My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

My sight searches for her as though to go to her.
My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.

The same night whitening the same trees.
We, of that time, are no longer the same.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.

Another’s. She will be another’s. Like my kisses before.
Her voide. Her bright body. Her inifinite eyes.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her. 
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my sould is not satisfied that it has lost her.

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
and these the last verses that I write for her. 

Website:  https://www.emotionalmovie.com/

“Imaginary Bird”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Alex Soloviev (2018)

“Imaginary Bird” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film in Rome Featuring Poet Charles Bukowski Directed By Alex Soloviev.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Alex Soloviev

Music by Jimmy Svensson / Artlist

Poem Read by: Tom O’Bedlam

“This poem is quite personal. It took much time to find way to visualize it. Dark and light parts of this video have a very special meaning.

We don our masks and our everyday armor, afraid of being found out. Afraid of being taken less seriously, as if happiness were a stain in our otherwise pristine, unbreakable facade. We hide our real selves away – our weak points and vulnerabilities. Until the time we can finally be ourselves again. Until we can finally breathe again. When no one else is looking.

The fact that from around a million to 5 millions of starlings choose the city of Rome as their wintering ground might appear as a blessing or just inspiration when you observe it. It remains one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena.”

“Bluebird” by Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.

then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

Website: https://www.facebook.com/alexaafilm/

“Ode To New York City”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo (2018)

“Ode To New York City” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo.

Directed & Edited by Alessio Cuomo

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

Cinematography by Rene Koster
Creative Director – Marco Barneveld
Narrated by Eric Forsythe
Music by Joe Kraemer
Portraits of Immigrants – New York Public Library
Additional Footage courtesy – McKittrick Hotel

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

 

“Travel magazine Wideoyster presents a poetry film about New York. Ode To New York by Walt Whitman. A poetry video we made for travel magazine WideOyster.
The poem Give Me The Splendid Silent Sun was published in 1865, but Whitmans sharp-witted observations of the city are, perhaps, even more relevant today than when the poem was written.

Walt loved New York. Even though at the time it was a tough city to live in. He felt energized instead of overwhelmed by its constant motion, heard music instead of madness, and saw humanity instead of strangeness in its crowds.”

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

“GIVE ME THE SPLENDID SILENT SUN” by Walt Whitman
GIVE me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-
dazzling;
Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the 
orchard;
Give me a field where the unmow’d grass grows;
Give me an arbor, give me the trellis’d grape;
Give me fresh corn and wheat—give me serene-moving 
animals, teaching content;
Give me nights perfectly quiet, as on high plateaus west 
of the Mississippi, and I looking up at the stars;
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers, 
where I can walk undisturb’d;
Give me for marriage a sweet-breath’d woman, of whom 
I should never tire;
Give me a perfect child—give me, away, aside from the 
noise of the world, a rural domestic life;
Give me to warble spontaneous songs, reliev’d, recluse 
by myself, for my own ears only;
Give me solitude—give me Nature—give me again, 
O Nature, your primal sanities!
—These, demanding to have them, (tired with ceaseless 
excitement, and rack’d by the war-strife;)
These to procure, incessantly asking, rising in cries from 
my heart,
While yet incessantly asking, still I adhere to my city;
Day upon day, and year upon year, O city, walking 
your streets,
Where you hold me enchain’d a certain time, refusing 
to give me up;
Yet giving to make me glutted, enrich’d of soul—you 
give me forever faces;

 

Article on film: http://www.wideoyster.nl/magazine3-eng/new-york-city/

Ode To New York City Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Directed By Alessio Cuomo 2018

Website: https://www.alessiocuomo.com/

“Nômade Life: A Poem II”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Michael Abt (2018)

“Nômade Life: A Poem II” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Directed By Michael Abt.

Directed by: Michael Abt

Nômade Life A Poem II is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Directed By Michael Abt (2018)

Cinematographer: Tom Marvel
Editor and Colorist: David Bryen
Sound Design: Sebas The Master
Asst. Director/Producer: Andrea Benitez

Nômade Life A Poem II is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Directed By Michael Abt (2018)

“Blessings” by Darpan

We call up on celestial realms,
the Angelic beings, the planetary guides and protectors,
and the ascended ones
to bless mankind and to be present here with us.
We call up on the Divine light of Love, Truth and Harmony
to shine in places that need healing and guide our way.
We ask for these blessing with great reverence,
from our Mother – the Earth, the Sky, the Moon, the Stars,
the Sun – our Father.
May we always remember we’re pure consciousness,
the essence of Life, the source of all things.
May we find the courage to let go fear and the pain of past conditioning.
Let us walk upon the Earth gently, as true Spiritual Warriors,
into dimensional midwifes giving birth to our True self.
Letting go of separation, evolving beyond limitation
into divine self-expression thereby assisting into a co-creation
of a dawning light filled world.
Om Shanti, Shanti…

Nômade Life A Poem II is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Directed By Michael Abt (2018)

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-abt-321b24b1/

 

“Beyond Ordinary”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Goran Jovic (2018)

“Beyond Ordinary” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Goran Jovic.

Filmed and Directed by: Goran Jovic

Beyond Ordinary Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2018

Edited and Filmed by: Josip Boban
Music by: Dead Can Dance
Written by: Mooji and Goran Jovic

Beyond Ordinary Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2018

Actress: Diana Loos

“What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.” There might be times when people think that travelling ain’t for them. It requires a lot of organization with a pinch of spontaneity (or two pinches or as you like it), it hides its attraction in a lot of unexpected turns and sometimes even leads to unknown whereabouts but, finally, it moves you deeply and you fall in love with it irrevocably. There might be times when people fail to find will and determination to do something new or take a new step into the unknown. Nonetheless, you always should keep in mind that tomorrow is a new day. If you are ever at the crossroads, dare to do more than just sleeping on it, go to the desert(s), listen to its silence, take a deep breath and everything will appear to you as it is. There might be times when you doubt yourself, but there are answers to all your questions – just don’t be too timid to ask for them.”

Beyond Ordinary Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2018

Where is the beginning of this
Where is the end
Why are you here
What is your life about anyway.

Try to look deep inside and ask yourself
Who are you?
What is it you are seeking for?

Beyond Ordinary Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2018

Website: https://1x.com/member/49537

“The Sun Within”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Portugal Directed By Mathieu Le Lay (2018)

“The Sun Within” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Portugal Featuring Poet Fernando Pessoa Directed By Mathieu Le Lay.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Mathieu Le Lay

The Sun Within Cinematic Poem Short Film In Portugal Directed By Mathieu Le Lay 2018

Music by: Solar Fields (“Into the Sun”)
Narrated by: Leonor de Vilhena Roque Dantas de Matos

The Sun Within Cinematic Poem Short Film In Portugal Directed By Mathieu Le Lay 2018

“Horizonte” by Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935)

Oh ocean preceding us, your fears
Had coral and beaches and forests to them.
Were the night and fog unveiled,
The past’s storms and mystery,
The Afar would blossom, and the starlit South
Shine resplendent on the ship of initiation.

Austere line of the distant coast
Upon the ship’s approach, the slope of the land rises
In trees with nothing
Far about them;
Closer by, the earth opens up in sounds and colours

And upon landing there are birds and flowers
Where from afar there was only an abstract line.
The dream is to see the invisibile forms
Of imprecise distances, and, with sensitive
Movements of hope and will,
To seek out in the cold line of the horizon
The tree, the beach, the flower, the bird, the fountain
The much-deserved caresses of Truth.

The Sun Within Cinematic Poem Short Film In Portugal Directed By Mathieu Le Lay 2018

Website: http://www.mathieulelay.com/

 

 

“At Home”: A Journey Back To Greece”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Nick Kontostavlakis (2018)

“At Home: Journey Back To Greece” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Nick Kontostavlakis

Filmed, Produced and Directed by: Nick Kontostavlakis

At Home A Journey Back To Greece Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Nick Kontostavlakis 2018

Edited by: FKY
Cinematography by: Antonis Kitsikis
Music by: Tony Anderson
Time-Lapse by: Nick Knotostavlakis and Nikos Pomonis
Drone by: Nick Knotostavlakis

Narrated by: Dimitris Kaplanis

At Home A Journey Back To Greece Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Nick Kontostavlakis 2018

“I am Nick, a freelance photographer.
In the past 10 years I‘ve been travelling and photographing around the world.
What I realized, though, was that I had gradually stopped seeking new destinations. I found a place that offered me a sense of stability and warmth where my inspiration and creativity amplified. Nature in all its’ forms was still surrounding me: Snowy landscapes, deep canyons, lakes and rivers, vast forests and of course the sea.

At Home A Journey Back To Greece Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Nick Kontostavlakis 2018

In the end, I think I found my destination, a place that has nurtured me, and has always been so close to me. That makes me feel home!
Greece.”

At Home A Journey Back To Greece Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Nick Kontostavlakis 2018

Website: http://nickkontostavlakis.com/