“Pass On”: Cinematic Performance Poetry By Michael Lee (2012)

Written and Performed by:  Michael Lee

Directed by:  Josh Thacker

“Pass On”

When searching for the lost remember 8 things.
1.
We are vessels.
We are rooms.
We are so much less important than the things inside of us.
We are circuit boards
swallowing the electricity of life upon birth.
It wheels through us creating every moment,
the pulse of a story, the soft hums of labor and love.
In our last moment it will come rushing
from our chests and be given back to the wind.
When we die. We go everywhere.

 

2.
Newton said energy is neither created nor destroyed.
In the halls of my middle school I can still hear
my friend Stephen singing his favorite song.
In the gymnasium I can still hear
the way he dribbled that basketball like it was a mallet
and the earth was a xylophone.
With an ear to the Atlantic I can hear
the Titanic’s band playing her to sleep,
Music. Wind. Music. Wind.
If you listen to the wind and don’t hear a thousand years of music, you’re not listening hard enough.

3.
The day my grandfather passed away there was the strongest wind,
I could feel his gentle hands blowing away from me.
I knew then they were off to find someone
who needed them more than I did.
On average 1.8 people on earth die every second.
There is always a gust of wind somewhere.

4.
The day Stephen was murdered
everything that made us love him rushed from his knife wounds
as though his chest were an auditorium
his life an audience leaving single file.
Every ounce of him has been
wrapping around this world in a windstorm
I have been looking for him for 9 years.

5.
Our bodies are nothing more than hosts to a collection of brilliant things.
When someone dies I do not weep over polaroids or belongings,
I begin to look for the lightning that has left them,
I feel out the strongest breeze and take off running.

6.
After 9 years I found Stephen.
I passed a basketball court in Boston
the point guard dribbled like he had a stadium roaring in his palms
Wilt Chamberlain pumping in his feet,
his hands flashing like x-rays,
a cross-over, a wrap-around
rewinding, turn-tables cracking open,
camera-men turn flash bulbs to fireworks.
Seven games and he never missed a shot,
his hands were luminous.
Pulsing. Pulsing.
I asked him how long he’d been playing,
he said nine 9 years

7.
The theory of six degrees of separation
was never meant to show how many people we can find,
it was a set of directions for how to find the people we have
lost.

I found your voice Stephen,
found it in a young boy in Michigan who was always singing,
his lungs flapping like sails
I found your smile in Australia,
a young girls teeth shining like the opera house in your neck,
I saw your one true love come to life on the asphalt of Boston.

8.
We are not created or destroyed,
we are constantly transferred, shifted and renewed.
Everything we are is given to us.
Death does not come when a body is too exhausted to live
Death comes, because the brilliance inside us can only be contained for so long.
We do not die. We pass on, pass on the lightning burning through our throats.
when you leave me I will not cry for you
I will run into the strongest wind I can find
and welcome you home.

 

“Anamnesia: A Loss Of Forgetfulness”: A New Cinema Sci-Fi Animated Short Film Directed By David Wexler (2013)

TeachingMachine production,  in association with the Institute for Cinema Studies,  presented by Brainfeeder:

“ANAMNESIA : a loss of forgetfulness”

Anamnesia Short Film

Director / Animator:  David Wexler ( Strangeloop )

Assistant Director:   Micah Nelson

Producer:   Jake Bloch

Executive Producer:   Wai Trask

Story by:   Strangeloop and Darryl Cobb
*with a special acknowledgement to Leigh J. McCloskey

String compositions & Arrangements:  Gavin Gamboa & Jake Bloch

Websites:

http://anamnesia.net/

http://projects.teachingmachine.tv/

“Valhalla – Trailer 2”: A Creative Cinematic Poem From Sweetgrass Productions Director Nick Waggoner (2013)

Patagonia Presents, a Sweetgrass Productions Film: “VALHALLA”

Directed by:  Nick Waggoner

Starring Cody Barnhill, Sierra Quitiquit, Alex Monot, Pep Fujas, Zack Giffin, Eric Hjorleifson, Molly Baker, and Kazushi Yamauchi

Beyond action sports– with Valhalla’s totally unique style and structure, we’ve recognized an opportunity to put a daring new spin on the ski film, exploding the boundaries of the genre, opening the eyes and melting the hearts of any story-loving soul. With hard-hitting ski and snowboard action complimenting a more narrative-driven approach than our past films, or perhaps any other ski movie before it, we follow one man’s escape into the Northern woods, and his wild journey towards satisfaction, understanding, and love in some of the deepest snows on earth.

Weaving story and character with award-winning, face-melting backcountry ski and snowboard cinematography; Valhalla is a vivid explosion of color, character, snow, and nostalgic soul.

Supported by: Patagonia, Dynafit, Clif Bar, Outdoor Research, Backcountry.com, Blizzard/Tecnica, Powder Magazine, Zeal, Osprey, Venture Snowboards, Flylow, Gentemstick, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine, Outside TV, and Whitewater Ski Resort.

Locations: Whitewater, BC; Rogers Pass, BC; Revelstoke, BC; Golden Alpine Holidays– Sentry, Meadow, and Sunrise Lodges, BC; Valhalla Range, BC; Haines, AK; Glacier Bay, AK; Juneau, AK; Eaglecrest, AK; Tordrillo Mountains, AK.

Athletes: Eric Hjorleifson – Cody Barnhill – Carston Oliver – Zack Giffin – Pep Fujas – Kye Petersen -Johan Olofsson – Adraon Buck – Ryland Bell – Josh Dirksen – Aidan Sheahan – Molly Baker – Forrest Shearer – Taro Tamai – Stephan Drake – Eliel Hindert – Will Cardamone – Jaime Laidlaw – Trevor Hunt – Donny Roth – Jesse Hoffman – Austin Ross – Nick McNutt – Paul Kimbrough – Thayne Rich – Kazushi Yamauchi – Keely Kelleher – Ralph Backstrom – Piers Solomon -Johan Jonsson – Alex Yoder

“Huayhuash”: Action Sports Short Film Of Mountain Biking Directed By Joey Schusler (2014)

In the winter of 2014, three friends set out on a self supported ride, looking for nothing more than a truly genuine experience. The goal: to circumnavigate one of the most wonderful and wicked mountain ranges in the world – the Huayhuash, by bicycle.

Director: Joey Schusler
Filming: Joey Schusler & Thomas Woodson
Written By: Thomas Woodson & Joey Schusler
Narration: Joey Schusler

Edit: Thomas Woodson & Joey Schusler
Design: Thomas Woodson & Human Design
Music: Thomas Kenny & Marmoset Music
Sound Design: Keith White Audio & Ryan Prater
Produced By: Joey Schusler
Executive Producers: Bike Magazine, 5Point Film, Human Design
With Support From: Yeti Cycles, Smith Optics, 5 Point Film, Bike Magazine
In Association With: Outdoor Research, Big Agnes, CamelBak, GoPro, The Feed, Revelate Designs, Big Tree Farms

Website:  http://huayhuash.bikemag.com/

“Body Of A Dancer”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Daniel Gallenkamp (2012)

“Body Of A Dancer”is a Cinematic Poem Short Film of Dancer Tim Persent Directed by Daniel Gallenkamp.

Body of a Dancer Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Daniel Gallenkamp in 2012

Editor: Allard Zoetman
Music: Andre Ettema
Grading: Beer Buijsman
Phantom tech.: Flip Bleekrode
Gaffer: Eugene Sprik, Frank Berger
Focus puller: Floris v.d. Lee, Danny v. Deventer
Airbrush artist: Peter Evers
Make up: Ingrid v. Wakeren, Fieke Brokkelkamp
Ass. Make up: Denise Boon
Electrician: Tjeerd Oosterhuis
Set assistance: Kick Schlüter, Michel Koenders, Ronnie Boelens
Production manager: Wiarda Postma

Idea & concept: Daniel Gallenkamp
Produced by Smit & Jansen

Body of a Dancer Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Daniel Gallenkamp

“A portrait of dancer Tim Persent.

Cinematic poem brings an ode to dancers and what they are able to do with their body, by showing what our eyes normally can’t see in real time.”

Body of a Dancer Cinematic Poem Short Film Filmed and Directed by Daniel Gallenkamp 2012

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

“Native Boy: Law Of The Jungle”: Cinematic Poem Short Film Trailer From Director Henry Roosevelt (2013)

A retired firefighter brings turned author brings a magical story to life. A story about a boy on a quest to capture the sun.

Directed by:   Henry Roosevelt

MUSIC: Kid Cudi – Destination: Mother Moon
POEM: Rudyard Kipling – Law of the Jungle

“Native Boy” is a short film due out in 2013 with exclusive engagements beginning in April, 2013.

“Nature’s Wonders”: Panoramic Trailer For “Moving Art” Series From Director Louie Schwartzberg (2014)

Directed by:  Louie Schwartzberg

Music By:  Ludovico Einaudi, Johann Johannsson and Gary Malkin

Nature's Wonders Cinematic Trailer Short Film Directed by Louie Schwartzberg

In this 4-part series from Netflix, Louie takes viewers on an inspiring journey into DesertsFlowersOceans and Forests, accompanied by a soaring soundtrack by Ludovico EinaudiJohann Johannsson, and Gary Malkin.  Louie’s meticulous visual attention to detail captures the beauty and majesty of the natural world like no other cinematographer and leaves viewers with a renewed sense of wonder. 

See the elegance of a flower coming to life, the power of the ocean, the mesmerizing desert night sky, and the gentle giants in the deep forests. We are all connected. Changing your perspective, can change your LIFE.

“Baraka”: The Digitally Remastered Theatrical Trailer Is A Cinematic Poem From Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson (2001)

Spectacular 8K restoration of original 1992 theatrical trailer of “Baraka” film.

Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on humanity.” It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera.

“The goal of the film,” says producer Mark Magidson, “was to reach past language. nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.”

Baraka was one of the most acclaimed international releases of its time. A 2001 DVD release featuring a new  transfer and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound became one of the most popular and acclaimed discs in the format‘s history. But as Fricke and Magidson began to explore the capabilities of new digital technology, they would soon seize the challenge to capture the film‘s 70mm theatrical impact in the ultimate high definition DVD, resulting in the widely acclaimed Blu-ray release of Baraka.

* YouTube video used here is a HD Matchframe Re-Edit from Jarrod Factor at http://www.factorfiles.com/home.shtml

“Samsara”: A Cinematic Poem Theatrical Trailer From Ron Fricke (2011)

SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.

Directed by:  Ron Fricke

Producer:  Mark Magidson

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

An Important Emerging Creative Short Film Genre.