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“Call Of The Wild”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Tribute To Earth Day By Eric Larsen (2019)

“Call Of The Wild” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Service Directed By Eric Larsen.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Eric Larsen

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

“The love and concern for our environment is something I have always known. Growing up in Wisconsin, I was outside as much as possible – camping fishing, riding my bike… But back then, my mind didn’t stretch much farther than my own backyard. For that, I credit writers like Farley Mowat, Sigurd Olsen, Barry Lopez and many others who were able to describe places of which I barely knew existed. They were some of my biggest sources of inspiration and their words instilled a longing to experience true wilderness for myself. But Robert Service’s ‘The Call of the Wild’, more than any of the others, stirred an unrelenting aching to grab my pack and go.

As a tribute to Robert Service’s eloquent words as well as the planet that is the foundation of both our dreams and health, I gathered up footage from the past eight years and five continents for an Earth Day tribute featuring some of Service’s lines. And if you think this video and poem might inspire someone else, please share it.

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

In the years since I discovered ‘The Call of the Wild’, I feel that I have lived each line tenfold. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need a reminder that the fate of our planet is in our hands. Earth day is a good start. But our efforts to reduce waste and pollution, curb greenhouse gas emissions, protect endangered species or remove plastic from our oceans should not end when the clock strikes midnight. There are a lot of great environmental organizations doing important work on behalf of our planet and I suggest that you support one or two or more. Of course, we need to take responsibility for our own actions as well. The environmental crises we face today are not problems for someone else to solve and we all need to make significant efforts on both the individual and global level.

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

I’ve spent several Earth Day’s on the Arctic Ocean either at, or very near, the North Pole. On April 22nd, 2010, I wrote this, “The weather started out relatively calm but the wind steadily increased to what I would consider near brutal proportions. We skied with our down parkas at times. Brrr. I guess it was the Arctic Ocean’s fun little way to remind us who’s in charge around here.”

So often on my expeditions, I feel insignificant and afraid, barely withstanding the extremes of our planet. But today, we all venture into uncharted territory. Human beings have an unprecedented ability to change and alter our environment. While we all need resources to be able to live and survive, which resources we use, how we use them and if they’re renewable or not should be cornerstone to every decision we make.’

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

“The Call Of The Wild” by Robert Service

Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there’s nothing else to gaze on,
Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,
Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it,
Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost?
Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God’s sake go and do it;
Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost.

Have you wandered in the wilderness, the sagebrush desolation,
The bunch-grass levels where the cattle graze?
Have you whistled bits of rag-time at the end of all creation,
And learned to know the desert’s little ways?
Have you camped upon the foothills, have you galloped o’er the ranges,
Have you roamed the arid sun-lands through and through?
Have you chummed up with the mesa? Do you know its moods and changes?
Then listen to the Wild — it’s calling you.

Have you known the Great White Silence, not a snow-gemmed twig aquiver?
(Eternal truths that shame our soothing lies.)
Have you broken trail on snowshoes? mushed your huskies up the river,
Dared the unknown, led the way, and clutched the prize?
Have you marked the map’s void spaces, mingled with the mongrel races,
Felt the savage strength of brute in every thew?
And though grim as hell the worst is, can you round it off with curses?
Then hearken to the Wild — it’s wanting you.

Have you suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down, yet grasped at glory,
Grown bigger in the bigness of the whole?
“Done things” just for the doing, letting babblers tell the story,
Seeing through the nice veneer the naked soul?
Have you seen God in His splendors, heard the text that nature renders?
(You’ll never hear it in the family pew.)
The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things —
Then listen to the Wild — it’s calling you.

They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,
They have soaked you in convention through and through;
They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching —
But can’t you hear the Wild? — it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go. 

Call Of The Wild Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Eric Larsen 2019

Website: http://www.ericlarsenexplore.com/updates

 

 

“The Place The Sun Sets”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed By Peter Davies (2019)

“The Place The Sun Sets” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed By Peter Davies.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Peter Davies

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

Voiceover written by: Jack Davidson
Cinematography by: Nuri Moseinco and Peter Davies
Sound Design by: Peter Davies and Charlie Allen
Featuring the voice of: Catherine Kohl
Music by: Ryan Taubert, courtesy of Musicbed
Colour grade by: Mike Keelin
Additional GFX support from: Priit Paluuma, Kit Taylor and Nuri Moseinco
Local guide and fixer from: Abdelhadi Razzouk from goadventuresmorocco.com/
Poster by: Matthew White from Supergrizzly.tv

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

“When you’ve lived as long as I have,
You will recognize the things that come again.
Now you only see their new disguises
I look for signs in the bottom of my cup,
And between the lines left by desert winds.”

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

“Filmed over 11 days throughout Morocco from busy Fez to beautiful Merzouga, through to Essaouira by the sea and back to Marrakech – this is a short representation of what Morocco felt like to me.”

The Place The Sun Sets Cinematic Poem Short Film In Morocco Directed by Peter Davies 2019

Website: https://vimeo.com/user5024074

“Go All The Way”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By David Guersan and Florian Cioffi (2019)

“Go All The Way” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film tribute to Charles Bukowski Directed By David Guersan and Florian Cioffi.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: David Guersan and Florian Cioffi

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

Produced by: Wild Horses
Music by: Fjodor (“We”)
Starring: Thibaut Branquart and Team 66 Nord
Narrated by: Tom O’Bedlam

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

“In tribute to Charles Bukowski, it is by being in the extreme North of the planet that his words inspired us …

An inspirational storytelling film illustrated by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi while filming a 52 minutes documentary about a french Musher’s dream.
A film directed by Thibaut Branquart and David Guersan for Wild Horses Production.”

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

“Roll The Dice” by Charles Bukowski

roll the dice

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

Go All The Way Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by David Guersan and Florian Cioffi 2019

Website: http://www.davidguersan.com/go-all-the-way

 

 

“Memory Iceland”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum (2019)

“Memory Iceland” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Joseph Meldrum

Memory Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum 2019

Cinematography and Drone Operator: Jared Langmaid
Music by:  Moritz Wanger
Drums – PJ Ciarla
Drum Recordist – Antione Cotton

Memory Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum 2019

“Cold, hard, wet and rugged. These are the textures of Iceland. Dedicated to Bow Smit.”

“I know you are out there somewhere.
I see glimpses of you there…

Like you left pieces of yourself
For us to find.”

Memory Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joseph Meldrum 2019

Website: https://www.faunfilms.com/film

 

“A Pacific Odyssey”: Cinematic Poem Short Film Second World War Tribute Directed By Neal Howland (2019)

“A Pacific Odyssey” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Second World War Tribute in the Solomon Islands Featuring Winston Churchill Directed By Neal Howland.

Filmed, Edited, Sound Designed and Directed by: Neal Howland

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)

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

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)

“United we stand. Divided we fall.
Divided the Dark ages return.
United we can save and guide the world.”

Winston Churchill (1941)

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)

“I had the privilege of visiting some remote battlefield locations in the Solomon Islands with friend and historian Bryan Stefancyk, owner of WAR HISTORIAN, LLC BATTLEFIELD EXPEDITIONS battlefield-expeditions.war-historian.com.

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)

This little film is simply a highlight of some moments taken during our explorations and recce of some of the most significant battlefields of the Second World War. For me, this was one of the most unique professional opportunities of my life. I’ve been interested in The Second World War for a very long time and I never imagined that I would have a chance to see these places with my own eyes.”

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)

Archival footage: archive.org

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)
Sir Winston Churchill speeches: archive.org/details/Winston_Churchill 

A Pacific Odyssey Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Neal Howland (2019)

Website: https://www.nealhowland.com/

“A Winter’s Tale”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Siberia Directed By Dennis Schmelz (2019)

“A Winter’s Tale – My Journey Through Siberia” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Dennis Schmelz.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Dennis Schmelz

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

Camera by: Christopher Schmid
Music by: Dan & Adam Skinner (“Far From Home”)
Sound Design and Grading by: Dennis Schmelz
Title Design by: Julius Dürrfeld
Adviser: Claudina Hoff ter Heide

Narrated by: Joe Goffeney

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

“Inspired by some Russian winter fairy tales, I decided to come back aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway to discover the real Siberian winter. I took a similar trip from Beijing to Moscow two years ago in summer, but I always wanted to see these places in the frozen coldness of the Siberian Winter. And I was not disappointed.

Meeting the nomads in the Mongolian desert, hovering across the world’s biggest and deepest frozen lake, walking the in the streets of Buryatia at -30 degrees Celsius, flying through the steam of the almost frozen Angara river or joining a traditional sleigh ride through the Russian Taiga. All of this made me feel like I was looking into a fairyland, which never existed anywhere apart from dreams. Such a miracle. Siberia is something really extraordinary and mesmerizing.

Our stops: Omsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) – Ulan-Ude – Tarbagata – Ulan Bator and the Mongolian countryside.”

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

Excerpts from the Opera “The Snow Maiden” by Nikolai Rimsky‐Korsakov

When the cold cracks the timbers. 
And the walls of the houses ;
When the frost makes the great
courtyard gates
Creak on their hinges,
Then the smoke rising over the
dwellings,
The smoke floating upward to vanish
‘Neath the breath of the wind,
I freeze of a sudden.
Aye, I freeze it and hold it
Suspended ;
O’er the plain, above the trees
Suspended —
What pleasure it gives me.
How I enjoy it

A Winter's Tale - My Journey Through Siberia Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Dennis Schmelz 2019

Website: https://dennisschmelz.de/

 

“Get Lost In Tuscany”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Marc Fortunato (2019)

“Get Lost In Tuscany” is a Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed by Marc Fortunato.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Marc Fortunato

 

Drone Footage: Brandon Baxter
Starring: Leonardo Olmi
Voiceover: Marco Cortesi
Poem by: Erin Hanson

“This is a film I shot while on a cycling trip with my dad in March of 2019. Italy is a truly inspiring place and I knew that if I would have come home without this footage, it would have been a huge regret.”

Filmed in Tavarnelle, Val Di Pesa, Tuscany.

From the moment that you are in this world
They tell you what is fair.
The questions you are allowed to ask
And the ones you would not dare.

Put on the path they have paved for you,
Life pushes you along,
Without the chance to stop and think
Which path is right, whether you belong.

Website: https://www.marcfortunato.com/

“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