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“Ethos”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Jay Worsley (2018)

“Ethos” is a Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Featuring Excerpts from “True Love” by Robert Penn Warren and “Song” by Allen Ginsberg Directed By Jay Worsley.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Jay Worsley

Music by: Ryan Taubert
Narrated by: Tom O’Bedlam

Filmed in California, Arizona and Oregon.

Ethos Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Directed by Jay Worsley 2018

Excerpts from “True Love” by Robert Penn Warren

In silence the heart raves. It utters words
Meaningless, that never had
A meaning. I was ten, skinny, red-headed,

Freckled. In a big black Buick,
Driven by a big grown boy, with a necktie, she sat
In front of the drugstore, sipping something

Through a straw. There is nothing like
Beauty. It stops your heart. It
Thickens your blood. It stops your breath…

Ethos Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Directed by Jay Worsley 2018

Excerpts from “Song” by Allen Ginsberg

The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
constructs
a miracle,
in imagination
anguishes
till born
in human–
looks out of the heart
burning with purity–
for the burden of life
is love,

Ethos Cinematic Poem Aerial Short Film Directed by Jay Worsley 2018

Website: http://jayworsley.com/

“Special WOD”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of CrossFit Athlete Samuel Gallego Directed By Sofía López Salguero (2016)

“Special WOD” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Of CrossFit Athlete Samuel Gallego Featuring Poem “Love” by Allen Ginsberg Directed By.Sofía López Salguero

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sofía López Salguero 

Music by:  Ryan Taubert (“We Wish It Was Never Light”)

Narrated by:   Tom O’Bedlam

Special WOD Cinematic Poem Short Film of CrossFit Athlete Samuel Gallego Directed by Sofía López Salguero

“Love” by Allen Ginsberg

The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
constructs
a miracle,
in imagination
anguishes
till born
in human—

looks out of the heart
burning with purity-
for the burden of life
is love,
but we carry the weight
wearily,
and so must rest
in the arms of love
at last,
must rest in the arms
of love.

No rest
without love,
no sleep
without dreams
of love—
be mad or chill
obsessed with angels
or machines,
the final wish
is love
—cannot be bitter,
cannot deny,
cannot withhold
if denied:

the weight is too heavy

—must give
for no return
as thought
is given
in solitude
in all the excellence
of its excess.

The warm bodies
shine together
in the darkness,
the hand moves
to the center
of the flesh,
the skin trembles
in happiness
and the soul comes
joyful to the eye—

yes, yes,
that’s what
I wanted,
I always wanted,
I always wanted,
to return
to the body
where I was born.

Special WOD Cinematic Poem Short Film of CrossFitter Athlete Samuel Gallego Directed by Sofía López Salguero

Website:  http://labahiadesofia.com/

“Fifth Avenue”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film With Exiled Pakistani Poet Hasan Mujtaba Directed By Sofian Khan (2015)

“Fifth Avenue” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Exiled Pakistani Poet Hasan Mujtaba Directed By Sofian Khan.

Directed by:  Sofian Khan 

Original Musical Score by:  Joshua Green

Cinematography by:  Bob Blankemeier

Produced by:  Capital K Pictures

Fifth Avenue A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Hasan Mujtaba Directed by Sofian Khan 2015

Additional Film Footage by:  Madiha Aijaz

Sound and Mix by:  Evan Manners

Trumpet Player:  John Lake

“The poem “Fifth Avenue” is part of Hasan’s recently published collection of  Urdu and Punjabi poetry. Koel Shehr Ki Katha, released this year by Saanjh Publications Lahore, Pakistan.

The poem recounts one summer day when, sitting on 5th avenue in Manhattan, Hasan witnessed a parade of Hare Krishna devotees making their way down the avenue.  Amongst them, he saw a man who looked like Allen Ginsberg — one of Hasan’s favorite American poets.  Though it was not him, the sight of this lookalike gave Hasan an important thought.  If this American poet once journeyed to India in search of inspiration, why could Hasan, a Pakistani, not come to America and likewise find some spark of beauty to write from.  Hence began his journey to create this singular collection of poetry that fuses his new home with images of that which he left behind.”

Fifth Avenue A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Hasan Mujtaba Directed by Sofian Khan

Excerpts from “Koel Shehr Ki Katha/Tale Of A Cuckoo’s City” by Hasan Mujtaba

(English translation by Manan Ahmed)

Amid the crowd of Hare Krishnas,

an old man who looked like Allen Ginsberg

Amid the riot of saffron color

the cymbals, the drums

whites, blacks, and rainbow colors

in June’s silvery light

silent, alone,

unique

as if he was the exclamation point of this whole philosophy

In the walking crowds of Fifth Avenue

I, a lost child

He, an old man who looked like Allen Ginsberg

Holding his thought’s fingers,

I walked far away

far to the lanes of Sehwan

“in public, I dance”

It seems a vision from a dream.

I take Fifth Avenue

I take the lane of Sehwan

Written on the shores of Indus, I take all of Rig Veda

I take Qur’an

I reject Chagai

I refute Pokhran

I deny the whole of Aurangzeb’s creations.

Home.

when I sing

songs of my exile

I return to my self

But they speak back to me

in the language of bullets

they do not read

what is written on the walls

“A donkey pisses on the General’s Uniform”

Those blood soaked lanes of Delhi

that naked Sarmad

Now your Gaze

Soils the purity of the Holiest, the Righteous

That woman inside me

These vines of grapes

That moon over Hudson

This silvery dusk over Indus

descends like revelation on a Prophet.

Fifth Avenue A Cinematic Poem Short Film on Poet Hasan Mujtaba Directed by Sofian Khan 2015

Article on the film:  http://thewire.in/2015/09/14/video-seeing-the-universe-in-the-sands-of-fifth-avenue-10672/

Website: http://www.capitalkpictures.com/

“San Francisco Howlin’ “: Creative Short Film Featuring Poem By Allen Ginsberg Directed By Matthias Zierau (2011)

Short Film shot in San Francisco, California .

Filmed and Edited By:  Matthias Zierau

Voice Over:    Allen Ginsberg citing from his poem “Howl”
Music:    Barrie Gledden & Chris Bussey

Howl

By Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war,
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull,
who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burning their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall,
who got busted in their pubic beards returning through Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,
who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in Paradise Alley, death, or purgatoried their torsos night after night
with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,
incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud and lightning in the mind leaping toward poles of Canada & Paterson, illuminating all the motionless world of Time between,
Peyote solidities of halls, backyard green tree cemetery dawns, wine drunkenness over the rooftops, storefront boroughs of teahead joyride neon blinking traffic light, sun and moon and tree vibrations in the roaring winter dusks of Brooklyn, ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind,
who chained themselves to subways for the endless ride from Battery to holy Bronx on benzedrine until the noise of wheels and children brought them down shuddering mouth-wracked and battered bleak of brain all drained of brilliance in the drear light of Zoo…