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“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
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
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
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
Mother kept singing,
as esperanza, gently vibrato
hope like a white 
Garza landing upon a cadaver.
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)

“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/


“The Universe Is You”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America By Tommy Plesky (2015)

“The Universe Is You” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America By Tommy Plesky.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by;  Tommy Plesky

Music by: Ryan Taubert (“One Precious Moment”)

Narrated by: Alan Watts

The Universe is You Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America Directed by Tommy Plesky

“As I sat on the plane to Chile while streaming Alan Watt’s speech on my ipod, I came to realize I had to make something out of it. I traveled through South America filming the mountains of Chile, the stunning falls of Iguazu located in Argentina and Brasil, and also, adding some shots from the unique caribbean sea of México. As I gained some inspiration around those incredible places I managed to create what I call this video: “A tribute to nature”.

The Universe is You Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America Directed by Tommy Plesky in 2015

Website:  http://pleskyfilms.com/

“Radio Havana”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Cuba By Ezaram Vambe (2015)

“Radio Havana”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Cuba Directed By Ezaram Vambe.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Ezaram Vambe

Music by:  A. Taylor (“Treeline at Night”)

Radio Havana Cinematic Time Lapse Short Film In Cuba Directed By Ezaram Vambe

“The end of 2014 marked the beginning of what could possibly be a new course for Cuba and the Cuban people. Radio Havana is a Timelapse film which aims to celebrate the unique beauty and charm of the Cuban capital.

In making the film, I was excited by the possibility of showing Havana under a new and intriguing light, one that can hopefully convey some of its magic and wonder.”

Website:  http://www.ezaramvambe.com/

“South Of Haiti”: A Cinematic Short Film Of Island Life Directed By Alex Horner (2013)

“South Of Haiti” is a Cinematic Short Film Of Island Life Directed By Alex Horner.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Alex Horner

Music Composition:  Rhian Sheehan (“A Thimble Full of Sorrow”)

Producers: Dave Ali Fils-Aimé | Dali Reel, Alex Horner | Horner Pictures, Francisco Momplaisir | J’aime les Cayes
Field sound recordist: Nick Mihalevich | Cape Status
Creole translation and adaptation: Marleen Julien
Voiceover engineer: Freddie Feldman | Vocomotion
Post-sound mix: Steve Horner

“In October 2012, Nick, Dave, Francisco and I, set off on a 10 day journey along the Southern coast of Haiti in the back of a pickup. Our goal? To capture a side of Haiti that is rarely seen. Having been to Port Au Prince multiple times, it was refreshing to see Haiti in a new light. It’s important to recognize that the images typically shown of Haiti, or any 3rd world country, do not necessarily represent the country as a whole. It has nothing to do with putting blinders on to problems and needs, but all to do with expanding your perception of a country. ”

Website:  http://hornerpictures.com/