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“Cormorant Fishermen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In China By Alexander Alexandrov (2019)

“Cormorant Fishermen” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In China Directed By Alexander Alexandrov.

Filmed and Directed by: Alexander Alexandrov

Cormorant Fishermen Cinematic Poem Short Film In China Directed By Alexander Alexandrov (2019)

Editor: ANTHONY LEE MARTIN
Composer: VLADIMIR KULBAKIN
Color grade: KATHERINE FOX
Second camera: EDUARDO CAPRILES
Local production manager: MERCIER ZENG

“Sailing peacefully across the river Li in Guilin, Chia,
men fished using trained cormorants since 960 AD.

Fishing with these birds in an ancient tradition which
was practiced in a handful of countries over thousands
of years.

Cormorant Fishermen Cinematic Poem Short Film In China Directed By Alexander Alexandrov (2019)

Today the method (no longer sustainable) is a decaying
virtue. Most of the Li River is closed to fishing.

The primary image on the reverse side of the 20 Yuan note
is a view of a fisherman on his bamboo raft floating down
the Li River through the spectacular Karst mountains.”

Cormorant Fishermen Cinematic Poem Short Film In China Directed By Alexander Alexandrov (2019)

At darkness hour, every dawn
I took the light and you aboard

In our world, of force and skill
the silent bond that we both built

with bare purpose to provide
yet catching beauty with our eyes

not every turn the river made
I knew, yet didn’t hesitate

and through these moments flashing by
I felt the current of our time

With every chance we caught the stream
It felt as if I lived the dream
and marked with screaming scars of joy
the flow of passing silent void

And when the times took you away
I lived and saw up to the days
Of world so vast to comprehend
Of changing streams I could not sail

i thought as generations passed
if they relate to one of us

some other place, from dusk to dawn
the paths we cross, to rise and fall

to catch the moment of the day
and share it with you to stay.

Cormorant Fishermen Cinematic Poem Short Film In China Directed By Alexander Alexandrov (2019)

Website: http://alexanderalexandrov.com/

“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
popped
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
sovereignty
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
tangled,
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
scenarios,
Mother kept singing,
as esperanza, gently vibrato
hope like a white 
Garza landing upon a cadaver.
Humming
songsforever
soothing.
convinced
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)

“Letters Home – Eric Ravilious”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019)

“Letters Home – Eric Ravilious” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams.

Produced, Written and Directed by: Andy Williams

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

 

Editing and Cinematography: James King
Co-Writer: Selso Xisto
Graphics by: Simon Kristall
Audio Recording by: Offset Audio
Production Company: Vamonos Productions

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

Actress (Tirzah Garwood): Nia Roberts

Voice of Eric Ravilious: Tom Bateman

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

“The Illustrator, designer and painter, Eric Ravilious, became a war artist in 1939. This film is inspired by the letters he wrote home to his wife and fellow artist Tirzah Garwood.”

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

It was more lovely than words can say,
Flying over the moors today in an open plane.
Just floating on great, curly clouds.
Perfectly still and cool.

The lighthouse at Beachy Head,
An immense bar of light is
Splendid and must be done.

How I love the South Downs in winter.
I love its definite shapes, its
Bleached greens and browns so attuned
To the stiff brush of my watercolors.

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

Watch the “long version” below:

Letters Home - Eric Ravilious Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Andy Williams (2019) 

Website: https://www.behance.net/vamonos

“Skin Of Glass”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

“Skin Of Glass” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet  Sh’maya Directed By Kurt Schneider.

Edited and Directed by: Kurt Schneider

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

Produced by: Christian Lathers
Director of Photography: Tommy Daguanno
Music and Sound Design by: Sebastian Oliwa
Production Company: Eightfold
Executive Producer: Nick Stachurski
Sound Mixer: Gabriel Sayre

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

“Ice carving is one of the few art forms that is entirely temporary. Skin of Glass chronicles the journey that world class carver, Jeff Wolf, experiences every time he creates.”

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

 

Poem Written & Performed by:  Sh’maya

The water, that’s where it always begins.
That curling veil, that skin of glass,
Whole worlds exist beneath its surface.
I hear them in my sleep,
Stories waiting for breath.
Shapes reaching for life.

Skin Of Glass Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

 

Website: http://kurtschneider.tv/

 

 

 

“The Kingdom – A Conservation Story”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo (2018)

“The Kingdom – A Conservation Story” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo.

Directed by: Matthew K. Firpo

The Kingdom - A Conservation Story A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo (2018)

Cinematographer: Jeremy Snell
Produced by: Finn Harries
Edited by: Stephen Michael Simon
Original Score: Gavin Brivik
Colorist: Carlos Flores
Associated Producer: Jack Harries
Sound Design and Mix: Sean Higgins

The Kingdom - A Conservation Story A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo (2018)

“A love letter to conservation, our changing climate, and the difference one person can make in a great big world. This is the quiet story of Sonam Phuntsho, a forest caretaker in the Kingdom of Bhutan, who has spent the last 60 years planting over 100,000 trees by hand.

We’re eternally grateful to Sonam Phuntsho who welcomed us into his home and his life, and to the volunteer team of artists that gave all of themselves to share his story.

The Kingdom - A Conservation Story A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo (2018)

Filmed on location in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Made with the support of WWF, Suitcase Magazine, and the Tourism Council of Bhutan.”

The Kingdom - A Conservation Story A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo (2018)

Listen to the Original Score at bit.ly/2GcU30X

The Kingdom - A Conservation Story A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Bhutan Directed By Matthew K. Firpo (2018)

Website:  MatthewFirpo.com

“Sonja”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

“Sonja”is a Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík.

Directed by: Maroš Milčík

Sonja Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

Cinematography by: Gašper Šnuderl
Original Score by Matúš široký
Produced by: Revers
Sound Design by Defacto Sound
Color by Toby Tomkins, CHEAT
Edited by Miroslav Gerbel, Maroš Milčík
Starring: Sona Zeliskova

Sonja Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

“Sonja is a poetic portrayal of the story of the sightless artist Sona Zeliskova, who despite adverse fate found her life journey in art and ceramics

The film experiments with audio-visual components to recount Sona’s unique story. Combining a documentary, narrative and poetic approach, this short film attempts to depict the real-life story via poetic language.

We used special infrared technology, in order to achieve a surrealistic black-and-white visual. The unique picture thus emerged purely in-camera without the use of post-production.

Sonja Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

Sona carries a one-of-a-kind story of a lifetime struggle, overcoming obstacles while flourishing her love for art. At the age of 13, she was diagnosed with diabetes. At 26, right by the birth of her son, she completely lost her sight. At age of 39, nevertheless, she has found her life purpose and passion for ceramics and became a successful artist. Today, Sonia runs ceramics courses, lectures at conferences and has become a life inspiration for many others.”

Sonja Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed By Maroš Milčík (2018)

Website: sonja.revers.sk

“Chasing The Wind”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary By Andrew Batista (2017)

“Chasing The Wind” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary on Champion Windsurfer Jesper Vesterstrom Directed By Andrew Batista.

Produced, Edited and Directed by: Andrew Batista

Chasing The Wind Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed by Andrew Batista 2017

Produced by: More Media and the Batista Brothers
Executive Producer: Donna Woods and Anthony Batista
Produced by: Stephen Buchanan, Jason Richardson, Cara Venter, Jesper Vesterstroem
Cinematography by: Dan Stewart
Production Design by: Joe Sciacca
Original Score by: James Everingham
Sound Design and Mix by: Defacto
Color by: Roush Media

Chasing The Wind Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed by Andrew Batista 2017

“The proper function of man is to live, not exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them, I shall use my time.”   Jack London

” ‘Chasing The Wind’ is a short documentary that tells the story of champion windsurfer Jesper Vesterstrom and his internal struggle following his father’s diagnosis of ALS. Grappling with his father’s fate, his instincts led him to the open water where he learned to harness the elements and his emotions in order to keep a promise.”

Chasing The Wind Cinematic Poem Documentary Short Film Directed by Andrew Batista 2017

Website: http://www.andrewbatista.com/

“Sable Noir”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Sebastien Zanella (2017)

“Sable Noir” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For Billabong Featuring Pro Surfer Jack Freestone Directed By Sebastien Zanella.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sebastien Zanella

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Music: Giacomo Puccini (“Adesso Voi”)
Produced by: Sam Carrier
Special Effect: Thomas Blanchard
Additional Cinematography: Faraz Mozafarian
Assistant: Kevin Johnson
Production Company: Desillusion

Pro Surfer: Jack Freestone (In Tahiti)

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Voice Over: Charlie Chaplin (“The Dictator”)

“Sable Noir is a concept film & capsule collaboration between Billabong & Desillusion ,
Directed by Sebastien Zanella, Sable Noir takes inspiration from Jack Freestone’s ups & downs and the impulses felt during his first year on the World Surf League.”

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The ocean confronts the mountains,
Folding walls at his feet
And the blackened sand.
We are more than a madman
If one faced the abyss,
And more than a king
If one tames his nightmares.

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Website:  http://dslmag.com/sable-noir

“Hoosier Quilt”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Jason Drake & Lexi Hiland (2017)

“Hoosier Quilt” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film For The Indiana Arts Commission Featuring Poem By Shari Wagner Directed By Jason Drake &  Lexi Hiland.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Jason Drake and Lexi Hiland

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Production Company: ThinkAhead Studios
Creative Consultant: Lewis Ricci
Executive Producer: Trevor Yager
Producers: Jason Drake and Lexi Hiland
Cinematography: Lexi Hiland, Matt McMahon, and Jason Drake
Audio: Andy Choka
Motion Graphics & VFX:Jake Thomas, Jake Myers, Jeremy Albert, and Justin Zurawski

Composer: Timothy Carlos
Musicians: Natalie Cole violin; Logan Jones viola; Kim Busic cello; and Carol Weirich piano
Painter: Jerry Karwowski
Guitarist: Frank Steans
Pianists: Lexi Hiland
Wanderer: Matt McMahon
Dancer: Emilia Floody
Quilter: Daren Redman
Additional Footage: Indiana Dept. of Tourim Development

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“To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Indiana Arts Commission wanted to showcase its rich history of pushing the arts scene forward. This film captures the essence of local artists’ creative processes as Indiana’s Poetry Out Loud winner voices one of the Indiana Poet Laureate’s poems.”

Narrated by: Grace Milligan

“Hoosier Quilt” by Shari Wagner (Excerpt)

We take our fabric from the
Field that Lincoln plowed;
The same earthmound builders aligned
With the movement of stars.
We choose our colors from the trees
As they traveled toward winter…

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Website: http://www.throughthesycamores.com/

http://www.in.gov/arts/

 

“Young Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Dominic DiMaria And Geno DiMaria (2016)

“Young Sea” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Carl Sandburg Directed By Dominic DiMaria And Geno DiMaria.

Produced and Directed by: Dominic DiMaria and Geno DiMaria

Cinematography: Geno DiMaria and Chad Stembridge
Editing and Sound Design: Geno DiMaria
Co-Produced by: Chad Stembridge

Production Company: Block One Studios

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“Seahorse” Crew: Captain Joel Wayne

Narrated by: Dave Pettitt

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“Young Sea” by Carl Sandburg

The sea is never still.
It pounds on the shore
Restless as a young heart,
Hunting.

The sea speaks
And only the stormy hearts
Know what it says:
It is the face
of a rough mother speaking.

The sea is young.
One storm cleans all the hoar
And loosens the age of it.
I hear it laughing, reckless.

They love the sea,
Men who ride on it
And know they will die
Under the salt of it

Let only the young come,
Says the sea.

Let them kiss my face
And hear me.
I am the last word
And I tell
Where storms and stars come from.

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Website: http://blockonestudios.com/